Mission: The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing the growing public health challenge of kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals a ... (More)

National Kidney Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1969, and deductibiltiy of donations depends on various factors.

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Contact Information

  http://www.kidney.org

  30 East 33rd Street
New York NY 10016  

  800-622-9010


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for National Kidney Foundation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Good

This charity's score is 85.49, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

82.7%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

8.9%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

8.3%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

52.8%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.14


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.23 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

6.64%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
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Donors can be reluctant to contribute to a charity when their name, address, or other basic information may become part of donor lists that are exchanged or sold, resulting in an influx of charitable solicitations from other organizations. Our analysts check the charity's website to see if the organization has a donor privacy policy in place and what it does and does not cover. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Kevin Longino, Chief Executive Officer

$461,481 (1.10% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Scientific research (diseases) (BMF activity code: 161)

Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry (BMF activity code: 180)

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization. (BMF affiliation code: 6)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


National Kidney Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Like other organizations, NKF postponed or pivoted all in-person fundraising events to a virtual setting . Through the Kidney Walk and other social events, our staff enacted creative strategies to make friends and loved ones feel connected while safely raising funds and awareness in new ways. Dedicated fundraisers, volunteers and corporate partners helped to achieve approximately 60% of budgeted event funding. Through it all, we found resilience in the support of committed individual donors, while driving additional dollars to NKF programs through the NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic which provided golfers and staff with a touch of near normalcy; the opportunity to gather in the safety of the outdoors to fund our fight against kidney disease.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

NKF teams reimagined patient programing for a virtual setting, allowing families to seek support and guidance from the safety of home. Local staff executed more than 100 programs in the first six months of lockdown. THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE (BABG), a program designed to help patients find a living donor, further expanded its reach this year with the launch of First Steps to Transplant, a new virtual option designed specifically to support those who haven’t yet been placed on the kidney transplant waitlist. staff relied on phone and print mailings to support those with limited internet access and overcome other barriers to virtual patient engagement.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

NKF adopted quickly and shifted focus to the changing needs of our patients bypivoting all programs and events to virtual. NKF focused on informing patients about COVID-19 including safety measures and vaccination through a comprehensive resource website. We hosted a series of Facebook Live events and webinars in English and in Spanish, offering up-to-the-minute information of concern to patients. Our staff kept communication open with our free, bilingual Cares Patient Help Line. We began advocating to prioritize screenings and PPE for patients and health professionals, to have organ transplants and dialysis procedures reclassified as “necessary,” not to be postponed, and to fight healthcare discrimination against end-stage kidney disease patents. We advised the Department of Health and Human Services on using tele-health for immunocompromised kidney patients. Throughout the country hosted briefings for state legislators on COVID-19’s impact on kidney patients


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Due to the success of and wider reach of delivering programs virtually, our Big Ask, Big Give workshops will continue to have a virtual option or offer a hybrid option once the pandemic ends or improves. New programs in development before the pandemic, including our Chronic Disease Self-Management program, will likely be offered entirely as a virtual program as it allows for a wider geographic reach to more patients. Lastly, virtual technologies have allowed our staff additional trainings on programs and more robust connections with peers across the country. Frequent virtual trainings and engagement opportunities will remain in place post pandemic


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
11/1/20212020 85.49
9/1/20202019 84.30
5/1/20192018 82.47
6/1/20182017 85.29
5/1/20172016 79.26
6/1/20162014 79.38
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 77.30
10/1/20142013 75.20
7/1/20132012 88.56
5/1/20122011 90.70
9/20/20112010 90.62
Rating Version: 1.0
9/1/20102009 84.96
8/1/20092008 83.86
8/1/20082007 92.76
5/1/20072006 93.57
7/1/20062005 93.52
5/1/20052004 93.64
6/1/20042003 87.51
6/9/20032002 92.16
10/15/20022001 79.07

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

National Kidney Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



National Kidney Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$12,017,443

Spent in most recent FY

34%

Percent of program expenses


Professional Education


$10,253,695

Spent in most recent FY

29%

Percent of program expenses


Community Services and Assistance to Affiliates


$4,242,084

Spent in most recent FY

12%

Percent of program expenses


Patient Services


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by National Kidney Foundation is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


PREVENT KIDNEY DISEASES, IMPROVE THE HEALTH & WELL-BEING OF INDIV. & FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THESE DISEASES & INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF ALL ORGANS FOR TRANSPLANTATION


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


To enhance the lives of everyone with, at risk of or affected by kidney disease.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Accelerate innovation and the diagnosis and treatment and management of kidney disease

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Increase early diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Increase the number of kidney transplants

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

The organization invests in leadership and management development as well as specific skills development specific to a job or function or to maintain accreditation. The training includes self-guided individualized training as well an off the shelf or customized group training performed external consultants and or learning platforms or services.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

NKF mobilizes through our social networks, where we have seen an increase in both followers and engagement; through our streaming video content which has reached 200,000+ media impressions and driven 10,000 visitors to our webpage; through our Kidney Advocacy Committee, which has seen an 88% increase in membership over this time last year; and through our network of NKF field and affiliate staff, who coordinate and drive activities at the state and local level. This year, Voices for Kidney Health Advocates have sent almost 15,000 messages to elected leaders, helped enact more than 20 state Living Donor Protection laws, supported efforts to increase federal funding for kidney disease, and advanced other important policy and legislative initiatives

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


NKF Advocates spoke out in government on behalf of kidney patients on issues affecting the greatest number of people, including, personal protective equipment for dialysis patients and frontline healthcare workers, preventing healthcare discrimination against end-stage kidney disease patients, and having organ transplantation and dialysis procedures classified as necessary surgeries, not to be put off during the pandemic. NKF created the microsite kidney.org/COVID-19 to share everything patients need to know about coronavirus and its variants. We developed new resources for patients to answer questions covering things from going out to eat, traveling and wearing a face mask to continuing with transplant and elective surgeries. Local offices held more than 30 educational webinars on COVID-19 safety, the impact on transplant and dialysis patients, vaccinations, and more. NKF local offices held 10 state-level legislative briefings for 90+ lawmakers, informing them about COVID-19’s devastating impact on kidney patients and how to save their lives during this emergency. We reached out to governors about the importance of vaccine access for the kidney community and the challenges kidney patients face. We developed a national social media campaign to engage patients on the crucial importance of vaccinations, and featured videos and a podcast with patients, clinicians, and influencers. Healthcare experts began a Facebook Live series that speaks directly to kidney patients with the most up-to-date, reliable, targeted health information We created a special microsite posting the latest research papers and findings, focused on kidney healthcare and the disproportionate impact of the crisis on minority communities. We converted the entire, in-person annual NKF Spring Clinical Meetings, including scores of kidney healthcare education courses, to virtual/online. NKF Cares staff translated COVID-19 content into Spanish to better serve the Spanish-speaking kidney community

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Kevin Longino

Chief Executive Officer

John T Gerzema

Chair

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

National Kidney Foundation has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (100% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Not Scored


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Not Scored


The organization reported that it is currently only implementing 2 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. At this time, organizations must implement 3 or more of these practices in order to be scored on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

100% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


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Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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