Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) is a major voluntary health
organization in the United States, headquartered in
New York City
New York City with
over 30 local offices across the country. Its mission is to prevent
kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being
of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase
the availability of all organs for transplantation.
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The organization's activities focus on awareness, prevention and
treatment. Initiatives include public and professional education,
kidney health screenings, research, and patient services.
Kidney Foundation publishes a number of scientific
journals including the American Journal of
Kidney Diseases, Advances
Kidney Disease and the Journal of Renal Nutrition. The NKF
also publishes the
Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative KDOQI,
a comprehensive set of clinical practice guidelines.
The NKF has been a vocal advocate for increasing all forms of kidney
transplantation. It has published a position statement against
allowing monetary compensation for kidney donations. Some have
accused it of trying to stifle public discussion on this subject.
Kidney Foundation annually conducts the Spring Clinical
Meetings as its premier educational conference. It has over 20
years of experience providing continuing education to the kidney
healthcare community. The Spring Clinical Meetings have educated over
55,000 professionals, delivered over 2,500 interactive sessions, and
offered over 3,200 hours of continuing education credits.
Kidney Day, the foundation sponsors KEEP Healthy screenings
around the United States. NKF holds hundreds of kidney-health
screenings throughout the year to identify individuals who are at risk
for chronic kidney disease.
Kidney Foundation does not, nor have they ever, had a
program that provides access to dialysis machines in exchange for pull
tabs on beverage cans. This rumor has existed since at least the
1970s, however, the Foundation themselves have denied this, noting
that 80 percent of the cost of dialysis in the
United States is
usually covered by Medicare.
To raise funds for its programs, the National
organizes a national car-donation program called
Kidney Cars, run
via Insurance Auto Auctions and their One Car One Difference auto
Kidney Walks in major US cities, and the NKF Golf
Classic which culminates in a tournament at Pebble Beach.
Danny Mason, late golf coach at
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a
transplant recipient, played in three tournaments.
Dialysis Patient Citizens
^ "Position Statements". The National
Kidney Foundation. Retrieved
^ Postrel, Virginia (June 2, 2006). "The National
vs. Open Debate and Increasing
Kidney Donations". Retrieved
^ Spring Clinical Meetings
^ KEEP Healthy
^ "Dear Abby". 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
^ "KEEP Health Care". 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
^ Mikkelson, Barbara (24 March 2012). "Keeping Tabs". Snopes.
Retrieved 30 March 2014.
^ "NKF Dispels Pull Tabs for
Dialysis Time Rumor". National Kidney
Foundation. 1 June 1998. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07.
Retrieved 30 March 2014.
^ NKF Golf Classic
^ "The Vehicle Donation Processing Center Proudly Announces its
800,000th Car Donation". IAAI. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
Kidney Foundation website
American Journal of
Kidney Transplant Association
Journal of Renal Nutrition