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American Kidney Fund

CharityWatch report issued
August 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike
Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To help people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 97%

The percentage of American Kidney Fund's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $2

How many dollars American Kidney Fund spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

American Kidney Fund's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
98% $2
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
American Kidney Fund IRS Form 990 23-7124261
American Kidney Fund Audited Financial Statements 23-7124261
Entity: American Kidney Fund
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 23-7124261
Entity: American Kidney Fund
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 23-7124261

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
American Kidney Fund
meets governance benchmarks.
American Kidney Fund
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Lavarne A. Burton President/CEO $622,728
2 Donald J. Roy, Jr. Executive VP/COO/CFO $351,611
3 Julie Puzzo VP of Development & Field Operations $293,494
Name: Lavarne A. Burton
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $622,728
Name: Donald J. Roy, Jr.
Title: Executive VP/COO/CFO
Compensation: $351,611
Name: Julie Puzzo
Title: VP of Development & Field Operations
Compensation: $293,494

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.
According to the American Kidney Fund (AKF) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 11, In-Kind Contributions), AKF received donated in-kind contributions in 2017 on which it placed a total value of $8,213,659, including donated medical products valued at $7,754,611.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the American Kidney Fund (AKF) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 9, Public Support):

"During 2017, AKF continued its tradition of broad-based public support with approximately 61,000 active contributors and almost 93,100 gifts. AKF received public support from two corporations in the amount of $246,324,334 and $242,191,792 for 2017 and 2016, respectively. These contributions represented 82% and 78% of the total support and revenue for 2017 and 2016, respectively. These two corporations are part of approximately 160 and 179 corporations which supported AKF patient grant programs during 2017 and 2016, respectively."
According to the American Kidney Fund (AKF) 2017 tax filing re: becoming aware during the year of "a significant diversion of the organization's assets" (IRS Form 990, Part VI, Section A, line 5), AKF reports:

"In 2017, the American Kidney Fund became aware of alleged diversion of assets by one of its employees. The alleged diversion related to payments for services not performed and billing for supplies, equipment and licenses that were not delivered. AKF engaged external legal counsel to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation, terminated the employee and reported the alleged diversion of assets to law enforcement authorities. As of filing the Form 990, the law enforcement investigation continues and charges have not been filed. The amount of the alleged diversion has not yet been verified.

"As a result of this alleged diversion, AKF has enacted enhanced internal controls related to vendor selection, procurement and payments. A special committee of AKF's board of trustees reviewed these enhanced controls and AKF's external auditors reviewed and provided a report on these enhancements' efficacy. In addition to the enhanced internal controls, AKF replaced its vendor who performed background screens for prospective employees and hired a new background screening firm with enhanced capabilities" (IRS Form 990, Schedule O).

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