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Help AKF fight kidney disease on all fronts

A lot has changed in 50 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 50 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. 

Since launching the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund in March 2020, AKF has provided $3.1million to nearly 13,000 patients in need. In addition, we providedaccess to COVID-19 educational resources, which have been utilized by approximately 400,000 patients and caregivers.

More than 94,000 dialysis patients in the U.S.received AKF grants last year.AKF invests in clinical research to improve outcomes for kidney patients andfights 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, 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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