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Help AKF fight kidney disease on all fronts

A lot has changed in 48 years, but we’re still fighting kidney disease on all fronts.


The American Kidney Fund was founded in 1971 by a group of people whose friend was bankrupted by the cost of lifesaving dialysis treatments.  In our first year, we were able to raise funds to help that one patient, along with several dozen others.   A lot has changed in 48 years, but we’re still fighting kidney disease on all fronts.  

As the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 37 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF fulfills its mission by providing a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling 1 in 6 U.S. dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation. 

More than 84,000 dialysis patients in all 50 states received AKF grants in 2019. AKF invests in clinical research to improve outcomes for kidney patients, and fights tirelessly on Capitol Hill for legislation and policies supporting the issues that are important to kidney patients. 

To address the enormous public health threat of kidney disease, AKF provides public and professional health education materials and courses, the Know Your Kidneys ® screening and prevention program, a Kidney Health Educator program, and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866.300.2900).

AKF spends 97 cents of every donated dollar on programs and services. AKF holds the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups, including Charity Navigator, which includes AKF on its “top 10” list of nonprofits with the longest track records of outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar.  

Here’s the link for our video:  About the American Kidney Fund

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