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The National Kidney Foundation is revolutionizing the fight to save lives by eliminating preventable kidney disease, accelerating innovation for the dignity of the patient experience, and dismantling structural inequities in kidney care, dialysis and transplantation. The NKF is ranked in the top 1% of socially responsible brands and meets the standards of the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau where 80% of every dollar raised goes directly to programs and services.  Also, the NKF has a 3-star rating by Charity Navigator.

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Mr. Richard Kevin Longino

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30 E. 33rd Street

New York, NY 10016 USA

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Kidney (G44)

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

KEEP Healthy

KEEP Healthy offers free kidney health checkups to help people assess their own kidney disease risk. After taking a brief health survey and having blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI) measured, participants are offered educational information and consultation with a medical professional. Follow-up recommendations are offered, including healthy lifestyle tips and specific tests to take at the doctor's office.

Population(s) Served

NKF Cares is NKF's Patient Information Help Line that offers support through a toll-free phone number and email. Trained specialists provide information, support and resources to people affected by CKD (patients, family members) on a wide variety of topics in English and Spanish

Population(s) Served

NKF Peers is our free, national telephone peer support program that connects people with CKD (Stage 4, dialysis patients, transplant recipients) with a mentor who has been through a similar experience. NKF's national office trains peer mentors to offer this support. NKF Peers now also offers support for living kidney donors and potential donors.

Population(s) Served

The Your Kidneys and Your program was developed to raise awareness among the general public and individuals at risk for kidney diseases by educating them about kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and what can be done to protect kidneys. Local NKF staff train volunteers to present a short and simple PowerPoint presentation in their community. A short animated video is also available for widespread sharing.

Population(s) Served

People are waiting for a chance at a better life. The kidney transplant waiting list is getting longer, and in response, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has developed "The Big Ask: The Big Give.” This initiative educates and raises awareness about living kidney donation and transplantation among kidney patients, their families, and friends. The Big Ask: The Big Give includes a number of programs and resources to help kidney patients, families and potential donors, including: an extensive website, publications, the opportunity to connect with a patient or living donor mentor through NKF Peers, and referral to NKF Cares for personalized assistance. In addition, NKF is pilot testing interactive workshops for patients and families that will:
• Educate about living donation/transplant
• Provide interactive training and tools about how to find a living donor
• Include follow up from a transplant center to provide ongoing support and refer to NKF resources that can help

Population(s) Served

NKF convened a Consensus Conference in May 2017 in Baltimore, MD to explore approaches to increase utilization of kidneys that are currently discarded in the U.S. each year. This conference brought together key opinion leaders in organ donation and transplantation, including kidney patients and families, transplant surgeons, nephrologists, organ procurement organization leadership, the federal government, and payers to identify reasons that donated kidneys are discarded, as well as practical solutions to increase utilization of these kidneys.

This conference established a foundation for ultimately increasing utilization of previously discarded kidneys, which will result in improved practice and an increase in the number of kidneys available for transplantation. Action/implementation plans from the conference are in development.

Population(s) Served

CKDintercept, NKF’s Primary Care Initiative, not only educates healthcare practitioners and patients, but changes the way that healthcare systems, educational institutions, and laboratories understand and respond to CKD. In effect, CKDintercept will bring about a "culture change,” where recognition of kidney disease will be as common as recognition of diabetes and heart disease. This initiative is about maximizing the opportunity presented in primary care to identify people with "hidden” kidney disease and to stop or slow progression. CKDintercept also incorporates a "feedback loop” from patients and other stakeholders to continually inform the program. This requires a broad strategy of targeted, coordinated programs under the CKDintercept umbrella:
CKD Insight: Chaired by Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, CKD Insight is a Summit that brought together key leaders in healthcare to generate a clear, cohesive strategy that will create a roadmap for change that will elevate the national perception of kidney disease and create a culture where early detection is a priority.

CKDinform: This CME/CE activity targeting primary care practitioners (PCPs) includes 3 topics and addresses early identification, diagnosis, and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD). By applying the information and tools from these symposia, PCPs will see an immediate and striking upswing in CKD diagnosis, resulting in better patient outcomes.

Population(s) Served

Kidney Walk is an inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. NKF Kidney Walk is our most successful and popular fundraising program, it is also invaluable in spreading awareness about kidney health and the importance of early detection. About 100 Kidney Walks take place annually, attracting approximately 125,000 walkers, 6000 teams, and over 300,000 donors, ultimately raising millions in urgently needed funds for patient services and programs.

Population(s) Served

The NKF’s Kidney Advocacy Committee is comprised of 200 patient and family liaisons who are personally affected by kidney disease. These individuals use their experience to advise government agencies, research organizations, and policy and health organizations, including NKF, on matters related to kidney disease. They also provide input on the development of NKF public policy positions and the implementation of kidney disease education programs.

This program builds upon NKF’s Advocacy Action Center – a group of almost 114,000 people who advocate on behalf of kidney patients.

In addition, NKF organizes an annual Kidney Patient Summit in March, selecting individuals from around the country to travel to Washington, DC and be part of a united voice for kidney disease. The Kidney Patient Summit is an opportunity for kidney patients to educate Members of Congress about the different causes of kidney disease, the challenges patients and families face living with kidney disease, and the need for improvements in kidney policy.

Population(s) Served

NKF has a number of initiatives to promote education, research and innovation:

•Kidney Learning Solutions (KLS), "The Educational Arm of the National Kidney Foundation”, provides hundreds of cutting-edge and innovative educational tools and resources.

•NKF’s "A to Z Guide” is developed by KLS and receives 6.4 million visitors annually. Online professional and patient education is delivered in various formats, including recorded presentations, videos and text.

•Smartphone applications on a variety of kidney health topics are available for both professionals and patients:

•NKF also has a kidney "store” with hundreds of print brochures available on various topics to patients and professionals

•The NKF Young Investigator Research Program has invested over $100 million in support to over 1,100 talented researchers investigating the causes and treatments of kidney disease. This focus on beginning nephrology researchers, unique when the program started, continues to strengthen the talent pool working on this growing public health problem.

•The NKF’s CKD Patient Registry will seek to enroll 30,000 – 50,000 patients with CKD Stages 3b-ESRD and is being developed in consultation with a stakeholders workgroup, which includes patients.

•NKF is working on a new $6.7 million project, spearheaded by the University of Michigan, to improve cardiovascular safety in hemodialysis patients. The 5-year project is being funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and will examine two interventions aimed at reducing cardiovascular risks in patients with kidney failure.

•NKF is a collaborating partner and stakeholder organization on the "Putting Patients at the Center of Kidney Care Transitions,” project by Duke University with Geisinger, along funded by PCORI. NKF will assist with study design and implementation throughout the project, and will provide peer support services through our "NKF Peers” program.

•NKF’s Patient Centered Outcomes Research Stakeholders’ Conference was the first effort to identify kidney disease patient-led national research priorities by bringing together patients, caregivers, stakeholders and academics. The conference was held at the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings in 2017. Attendees identified patient-centered research priorities, challenges and facilitators to acting on such priorities, as well as patient-identified best practice strategies for actively engaging patients in kidney disease research.

•NKF has joined the Patient Focused Medicines Development (PFMD) group to bring kidney patient perspectives on the development of new medicines. PFMD, established in 2015, is an independent multinational coalition designed to bring together initiatives and best practices that integrate the voice of the patient throughout the lifecycle of medicines development, thereby speeding up the creation and implementation of an effective, globally standardized framework.

•NKF launched a new microsite to make it easier for kidney patients to find a clinical trial in their local area within 60 seconds, just by answering a series of questions about their condition. Patients and professionals can go to to directly search for clinical trials. Patients will also find real life stories from clinical trial participants and resources addressing common questions

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2021

Charity Navigator 2020

Charity Watch 2020

National Health Council 2020

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Action means change. Over the past year, NKF rolled out a new brand repositioning that includes a new value proposition and brand vision to help connect us more effectively with patients and professionals and communicate what benefit we provide for who, and how we do it uniquely well. This new NKF value proposition and vision, repositions the Foundation to touch back on our roots, our beginnings as an action-oriented organization. The main themes are action, education, and accelerating change, all core values of NKF:

•Action- We take action by diagnosing and supporting the 26 million Americans already living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and are moving in the direction of preventive kidney healthcare.

•Education – We educate by supporting research that materially impacts the CKD space with a long-term research strategy and provide the public, patients, and healthcare professionals with the tools they need to promote kidney health.

•Accelerating change – We are accelerating change working with lawmakers to pass laws that remove barriers and ensure donors and recipients are cost neutral. And we push for increased knowledge of CKD and seek to connect kidney health to overall health in the public mindset.

NKF launched Heart Your Kidneys (HYK), a new public awareness campaign, to lift the kidneys to the status of better understood vital organs like the heart; and bring the urgency of kidney health into the cultural conversation. The campaign's main message is to encourage the public to make an explicit commitment to their kidney health through education. By raising the public recognition of the importance of kidneys and kidney health we are improving and saving lives.

We are building a roadmap to reduce preventable kidney disease through the CKDintercept program by educating primary care physicians and healthcare providers on the need for early screening, diagnosis and referral; working on Capitol Hill to pass legislation protecting living donors and to increase research funding; developing ways to solve the organ supply crisis; elevating the public importance of kidneys as vital organs; advancing the image of the foundation and raising awareness of kidney disease by breaking through the noise with highly innovative marketing campaigns.

Living kidney donation is another initiative that NKF is aggressively moving the needle on through The Big Ask: The Big Give, an initiative and public awareness campaign that aims to bring awareness to the fact that many people in need of a kidney transplant never get one simply because they do not know how to ask. The Big Ask: The Big Give, a major program of NKF, promotes awareness of living kidney donation for both the kidney patients who have difficulty asking someone to consider a kidney donation (The Big Ask) and potential donors (The Big Give) in need of support.

NKF, established in 1950 by the parent of a child diagnosed with kidney disease, continues to be the voice of patients and caregivers, who also are also prominently involved in all aspects of NKF. Headquartered in New York City with a Government Relations Offices in Washington DC, along with 28 Regional Offices and 11 Affiliates across the country, NKF is governed by both national and regional boards and advised by medical advisory boards and patient and family volunteers. Our staff of over 300 employees works to design, implement and evaluate essential programs for patients across the country working in collaboration with patients, families, living donors and professionals. Patients and families have a central role in everything we do, from program development to design to implementation.

Historically, kidney disease was not regarded as a major public health problem in this country. NKF was the first to identify kidney disease as a distinct, treatable illness; we followed this by improving diagnosis and treatment through the development of the staging system of kidney disease. In 2002 NKF published the landmark Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease: Evaluation, Classification, and Stratification—the first-ever standardized definition and staging system for CKD, along with guidelines for detection and management of CKD. Now, in response to a worldwide increase in kidney disease due to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, we are continuing to actively find and treat this condition earlier by focusing on treatment, education, and research.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


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National Kidney Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Tracy McKibben

MAC Energy Advisors, LLC

Kevin Longino

Art Pasquarella, CRE

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Michael J. Stevenson, CPA

Blue & Co.

Matthew Cooper, MD

Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute

John T. Gerzema

Harris Insights & Analytics

Anthony Tuggle

Afiniti, Inc.

Bradley Warady

Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics

Manish Agarwal

Attain, LLC

Anne Barr

Brown & Toland Physicians

Holly Kramer, MD

Loyola University

Samuel Marchio

Anthem, Inc.

Tracy McKibben

MAC Energy Advisors, LLC

Paul Palevksy

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Hubert Allen


David Cook, MD

Optum Labs

Renee Gosline

MIT Sloan School of Management

Orlando Hampton

Afiniti, Inc.

Sylvia Rosas, MD

Harvard Medical School

Alison Steiber

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Jaime Herrera Beutler

Columbia Strategies

Kirk Campbell, MD

Icahan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Monica Davy

Vizient, Inc.

Valerie Dixon

Morgan Stanley

Anne Motsenbocker

Lynn Pina


Sumeska Thavarajah, MD

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

John Wig, MD

Walmart, U.S.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/3/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.