American Kidney Fund

AKF fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit.

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Rockville, MD – EIN 237124261 kidneyfund.org

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit. AKF works on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease, and the millions more at risk, with an unmatched scope of programs that support people wherever they are in their fight against kidney disease—from prevention through post-transplant living.

With programs of prevention, early detection, financial support, disease management, clinical research, innovation and advocacy, no kidney organization impacts more lives than AKF. With the nation’s largest free kidney health screening program, Know Your Kidneys™, AKF fosters kidney disease prevention and early detection in at-risk individuals and communities. One out of every 6 kidney failure patients cannot afford the cost of care, and AKF is there for them, providing lifesaving treatment-related financial assistance. AKF enables all people with kidney disease to live their healthiest lives through disease management education, award-winning public and professional health education materials, courses and webinars. AKF drives innovation through strategic partnerships and investment in clinical research to improve patient outcomes, and fights tirelessly for legislation and health policy to improve the lives of kidney patients. AKF’s KidneyNation online fundraising community unites Americans in support of AKF’s mission.

AKF is one of the nation’s top-rated nonprofits and invests 97 cents of every donated dollar in programs, not overhead. AKF holds the highest 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

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American Kidney Fund

American Kidney Fund
MottoWe help people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives
Founded1971
Focus Kidney dialysis
Organ transplantation
Disease prevention
Location
Area served
United States, Canada
MethodEducational programs; grants for health insurance premiums, transportation, and prescription drugs; summer enrichment programs for children; advocacy for innovation, etc.
Key people
Ms. LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO
Revenue (2018)
$298,438,000[1]
Expenses (2018)$294,646,000[1]
Websitewww.kidneyfund.org

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1971.[2]

The AKF provides comprehensive programs of kidney health awareness, education, and prevention. It provides financial assistance that helps 1 out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients to access health care. In 2016, the American Kidney Fund provided treatment-related grant assistance to more than 98,000 low-income dialysis patients in 50 states, and provided free kidney health screenings in cities across the country.[3]

Organization

The American Kidney Fund is headquartered in North Bethesda, Maryland (with a Rockville mailing address). As a 15-time recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator, the American Kidney Fund is ranked among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide for fiscal accountability. AKF spends 97 cents of every donated dollar on patients and programs and is listed on Charity Navigator's Top 10 charities nationwide that have received the most consecutive four-star ratings.[4] In addition, AKF holds an A+ rating from CharityWatch; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.[5]

Programs


The American Kidney Fund's grant programs help low-income dialysis patients to access health care, including dialysis and transplantation. AKF provides grants that help with health insurance premiums and other treatment necessities not covered by health insurance, such as transportation to dialysis, nutritional products and emergency assistance.

AKF also provides disaster relief to assist dialysis patients affected by natural disasters and provides summer enrichment grants to help children living with kidney failure to attend specialized summer programs.[6]

AKF provided free kidney health screenings to more than 10,000 people in 23 U.S. cities in 2016. AKF holds large community outreach events, Kidney Action Day, bringing free health screenings and healthy living information to people at high risk for kidney disease. In 2016, AKF held Kidney Action Day events in Alabama (Bessemer), Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

The organization's public health education initiatives provide valuable information to patients and caregivers about all aspects of kidney disease and treatment, along with material on how kidney disease can be prevented. Through extensive online information, downloadable fact sheets and tools, a free monthly webinar series, a toll-free health information HelpLine for the public (866-300-2900), and a Kidney Health Educator program, AKF helps people understand their risk for kidney disease and what they can do to prevent it.[citation needed]

The American Kidney Fund offers a free online professional education series of courses designed to keep health professionals stay apprised of the best practices and latest information about kidney disease and kidney disease prevention.

Fundraising

The American Kidney Fund raises funds from individuals, corporations and foundations. Individuals can donate by making direct donations, including those in memory or honor of someone;[7] by holding a fundraiser through AKF's KIDNEYNATION;[8] by donating a car, truck, boat or RV; by making a gift of stock; or through estate planning.[9] Each fall, AKF holds a fundraising gala, The Hope Affair, in Washington, D.C., honoring inspirational patients, caregivers and fundraisers who are making a difference in their communities.[10]

According to the New York Times, the Kidney Fund has favored patients from clinics that contributed to the Kidney Fund, and discouraged other clinics from applying for assistance. Fresenius and DaVita provide nearly 80% of the Kidney Fund’s funding. According to Tracey Dickey, a social worker, the Kidney Fund sent her guidelines which said that “If your company cannot make fair and equitable contributions, we respectfully request that your organization not refer patients.” LaVarne A. Burton, the Kidney Fund’s chief executive, said that Ms. Dickey had misunderstood the guidelines.[11] In a statement on its website, the Kidney Fund called the article "factually incorrect and unfair," and said that they have never turned away a patient who was financially qualified to receive a grant, and that 40% of dialysis providers with patients receiving help don’t contribute anything to the Kidney Fund.[12]

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) charged that dialysis providers steered patients to private insurance companies, which cost patients more, rather than to Medicaid and Medicare, which cost patients less but had lower reimbursements for the providers.[citation needed] The providers used the Kidney Fund's subsidies to help patients buy the more-expensive private insurance, according to the CMS.[13] According to the Wall Street Journal, "The rule took aim at a setup that has come under fire from health insurers, particularly those offering plans on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces. Under the setup, dialysis patients get help paying their health-insurance premiums from a charity, which itself gets funding from dialysis providers."[14] On its website, the American Kidney Fund explains how its charitable premium assistance program works and why it is an essential part of the safety net for low-income dialysis patients.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b "American Kidney Fund" (PDF). GuideStar. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Profit And Non Profit Organizations - 3233 Words | Bartleby". www.bartleby.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  3. ^ "Our Recent Accomplishments". www.kidneyfund.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  4. ^ "10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings". www.charitynavigator.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Putting Your Contributions to Work". www.kidneyfund.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Information for Patients". www.kidneyfund.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Donate". www.kidneyfund.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ "KIDNEYNATION". www.kidneynation.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Ways to Give". www.kidneyfund.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  10. ^ "The Hope Affair". www.thehopeaffair.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  11. ^ Kidney Fund Seen Insisting on Donations, Contrary to Government Deal, By KATIE THOMAS and REED ABELSON, New York Times, DEC. 25, 2016
  12. ^ "Our response to Sunday's New York Times article". www.kidneyfund.org/news/news-releases/our-response-to-sundays-new-york-times-article/. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  13. ^ Dialysis providers won't have to disclose financial aid to patients, Dan Mangan, CNBC, Jan. 25, 2017
  14. ^ Judge Blocks Rule That Would Limit Premium Assistance for Dialysis Patients; Judge issues order delaying rule indefinitely while he hears opposing suit filed by plaintiffs, including DaVita, Fresenius Medical Care, By Anna Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 25, 2017
  15. ^ "The Real Story". www.kidneyfund.org. 14 June 2017.

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AMERICAN KIDNEY FUND INC

ROCKVILLE, MD 20852-2737 | Tax-exempt since Aug. 1971
  • EIN: 23-7124261
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2019

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2019

PDF

990-T

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2018

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2018

PDF

990
990-T
990-T

Full Text

990 (filed on June 14, 2019)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2017

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2017

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Aug. 16, 2018)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$298,961,906

Total Functional Expenses $294,646,082
Net income $4,315,824
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $298,438,440 99.8%
Program services $1,007 0.0%
Investment income $387,392 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $46,318 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $23,762 0.0%
Sales of assets $40,887 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $24,100 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $974,338 0.3%
Professional fundraising fees $232,301 0.1%
Other salaries and wages $6,646,868 2.3%
Other
Total Assets $39,927,928
Total Liabilities $3,038,068
Net Assets $36,889,860
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2016

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2016

Full Text

990 (filed on Sept. 19, 2017)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$310,131,514

Total Functional Expenses $304,218,642
Net income $5,912,872
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $309,848,418 99.9%
Program services $1,463 0.0%
Investment income $323,836 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $48,853 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$172,443
Sales of assets $63,574 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $17,813 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $912,847 0.3%
Professional fundraising fees $216,213 0.1%
Other salaries and wages $6,101,472 2.0%
Other
Total Assets $34,144,657
Total Liabilities $2,898,087
Net Assets $31,246,570
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2015

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2015

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Aug. 29, 2016)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$265,277,708

Total Functional Expenses $265,975,048
Net income -$697,340
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $265,281,614 Over 100%
Program services $3,206 0.0%
Investment income $324,727 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $43,046 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$162,597
Sales of assets -$212,288
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $821,335 0.3%
Professional fundraising fees $187,962 0.1%
Other salaries and wages $5,420,083 2.0%
Other
Total Assets $27,362,019
Total Liabilities $2,287,786
Net Assets $25,074,233
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2014

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2014

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on June 12, 2015)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$239,129,996

Total Functional Expenses $236,566,528
Net income $2,563,468
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $237,701,076 99.4%
Program services $4,221 0.0%
Investment income $315,470 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $52,121 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $1,057,108 0.4%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $746,882 0.3%
Professional fundraising fees $199,553 0.1%
Other salaries and wages $5,262,437 2.2%
Other
Total Assets $28,382,788
Total Liabilities $2,109,677
Net Assets $26,273,111
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2013

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2013

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Sept. 24, 2014)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$219,521,281

Total Functional Expenses $217,536,554
Net income $1,984,727
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $218,909,656 99.7%
Program services $2,933 0.0%
Investment income $362,864 0.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $50,637 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $195,191 0.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $666,488 0.3%
Professional fundraising fees $202,322 0.1%
Other salaries and wages $5,114,265 2.4%
Other
Total Assets $26,768,144
Total Liabilities $1,990,017
Net Assets $24,778,127
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2012

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2012

PDF

990

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$186,648,599

Total Functional Expenses $196,544,287
Net income -$9,895,688
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $186,249,805 99.8%
Program services $3,964 0.0%
Investment income $417,789 0.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $101,471 0.1%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets -$124,430
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $671,731 0.3%
Professional fundraising fees $222,087 0.1%
Other salaries and wages $5,675,007 2.9%
Other
Total Assets $24,435,902
Total Liabilities $2,136,752
Net Assets $22,299,150
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2011

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2011

PDF

990

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$212,576,193

Total Functional Expenses $207,478,766
Net income $5,097,427
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $211,737,992 99.6%
Program services $15,488 0.0%
Investment income $459,132 0.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $99,844 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $263,737 0.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $701,229 0.3%
Professional fundraising fees $228,446 0.1%
Other salaries and wages $5,632,733 2.7%
Other
Total Assets $32,680,498
Total Liabilities $1,253,249
Net Assets $31,427,249
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2010

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2010

PDF

990

Raw XML

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2009

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2009

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2008

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2008

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2007

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2007

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2006

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2006

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2005

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2005

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2004

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2004

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2003

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2003

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2002

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2002

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2001

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2001

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.


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