CharityWatch REPORT
Issued January 2016

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

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According to the American Kidney Fund 2014 tax filing (IRS Form 990, Schedule R), the Fund is related to another public charity, the American Kidney Fund Service Foundation (AKFSO). However, according to Schedule O of the same filing, the Fund reports: "...AKFSO is currently dormant and did not have any activity in 2014."

Because these organizations are related and both have 501(c)3 public charity tax designations, CharityWatch generally analyzes the activities of both organizations and produces a rating that reflects how efficiently the organization is operating on the whole. However, because AKFSO was dormant during 2014 and did not have any financial activities, CharityWatch's rating for this year is based on our analysis of the American Kidney Fund, alone.

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