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Health : Diseases, Disorders, and Disciplines

American Kidney Fund

Our mission is to fight kidney disease and help people live healthier lives.

90.95

11921 Rockville Pike Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
tel: (800) 638-8299   Web Site
EIN: 23-7124261

Board Leadership
Maureen Franco
Chair

CEO
Lavarne A. Burton
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.95
  Financial 87.57
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

American Kidney Fund (AKF) was founded in 1971, to help a single individual with kidney failure pay for dialysis. Now 50 years later, AKF has become the leading source of direct financial aid to dialysis patients across the nation. The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. In 2020, more than 94,000 people--1 out of every 6 dialysis patients in the United States--received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund's efforts to fight kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses, online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900).

American Kidney Fund (AKF) was founded in 1971, to help a single individual with kidney failure pay for dialysis. Now 50 years later, AKF has become the leading source of direct financial aid to dialysis patients across the nation. The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. In 2020, more than 94,000 people--1 out of every 6 dialysis patients in the United States--received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund's efforts to fight kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses, online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900).

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Financial Assistance for Medical Conditions
Program Name: Financial Assistance for Medical Conditions

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

The Impact & Results score is a measure of how well a nonprofit delivers on its stated mission. To issue a score, Charity Navigator estimates the actual impact the nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact. Learn more about our Impact & Results methodology here.

Program Activities
American Kidney Fund provides financial assistance to patients with kidney disease.
Impact Statement
$3,600 provides $3,600 in financial assistance to a patient in need.
Assessment Benchmark
Impact & Results scores of financial assistance to patients programs are based on income generated relative to cost. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they increase income for a recipient by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and a score of 75 if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of American Kidney Fund.
Data Source
Output data collected during the program. American Kidney Fund publicly reports data on the dollar value of all financial assistance provided to patients, which we use to calculate the additional income received.
Method for Attributing Outcomes
We estimate the dollar amount of financial assistance attributable to the nonprofit by comparing the financial assistance given by the nonprofit to the financial assistance that would have been provided in the absence of the nonprofit (the “counterfactual”). In this case, we estimate the counterfactual to be zero based on two assumptions. First, we assume there is functionally no upper limit to the amount of cash transfers that continue to be valuable to patients as they are far from reaching the point of diminishing marginal returns, such that aid provided by one nonprofit does not displace aid provided by another. Second, we assume that nonprofits work independently and do not coordinate the provision of aid to the same patient. As a result, all aid provided by the nonprofit to patients with medical conditions can be directly attributable to the nonprofit.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of September 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

87.57

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
97.3%
  Administrative Expenses 0.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.19
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Kidney Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Kidney Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Kidney Fund (MD) 90.95
National Kidney Foundation of Arizona (AZ) 86.63
American Association of Kidney Patients (FL) 87.27
PKD Foundation (MO) 90.78
National Kidney Foundation of Florida (FL) 93.95

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $319,498,006
   Federated Campaigns $176,947
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $873,670
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $320,548,623
   Program Service Revenue $979
Total Primary Revenue $320,549,602
   Other Revenue $732,464
TOTAL REVENUE $321,282,066
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $280,955,520
   Administrative Expenses $2,507,652
   Fundraising Expenses $5,913,113
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $289,376,285
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $31,905,781
   
Net Assets $57,151,666

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Patient Assistance $270,575,575 96.1%
Public Education, Outreach, and Prevention Activities $10,784,018 3.8%
Clinical Research $279,143 < 0.1%

Ratings History
American Kidney Fund has received 19 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 02/01/2021 90.95
2018-12 11/01/2019 90.31
2017-12 11/01/2018 90.55
2016-12 12/22/2017 94.69
2015-12 11/01/2016 94.69
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.67
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 90.84
2013-12 03/01/2015 94.49
2012-12 11/01/2013 92.72
2011-12 12/20/2012 94.48
2010-12 09/01/2012 94.51
2010-12 02/01/2012 94.54
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.50
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 92.22
2008-12 12/01/2009 92.17
2007-12 06/01/2009 94.65
2006-12 07/01/2007 92.10
2004-12 09/01/2005 92.04
2003-12 09/01/2004 92.04
2002-12 10/01/2003 94.49

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-7124261
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN KIDNEY FUND INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (927) Fundraising
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$638,222 0.22% Lavarne A. Burton President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Kidney Fund (MD) 90.95
American Association of Kidney Patients (FL) 87.27
National Kidney Foundation (NY) 85.49
PKD Foundation (MO) 90.78
National Kidney Foundation of Arizona (AZ) 86.63

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Charity Contact Info

American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike
Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
tel: (800) 638-8299
fax: (301) 881-0898
EIN: 23-7124261

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Board Leadership

Maureen Franco
Chair

CEO

Lavarne A. Burton
President, CEO

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