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National Kidney Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
May 2019

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
80%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$19
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd St.
New York, NY 10016

Other Names

NKF

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.kidney.org

Stated Mission

To prevent kidney & urinary tract diseases, improve the health & well-being of individuals & families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2018

Program Percentage: 80%

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

$38,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $19

How many dollars National Kidney Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$24,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
National Kidney Foundation Audited Financial Statements 13-1673104
National Kidney Foundation IRS Form 990 13-1673104
Entity: National Kidney Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-1673104
Entity: National Kidney Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1673104

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?
 
National Kidney Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
 
National Kidney Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
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-In Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Kevin Longino CEO $397,412
2 Kerry Willis Chief Scientific Officer $284,507
3 Petros A. Gregoriou CFO $260,698
1
Name: Kevin Longino
Title: CEO
Compensation: $397,412
2
Name: Kerry Willis
Title: Chief Scientific Officer
Compensation: $284,507
3
Name: Petros A. Gregoriou
Title: CFO
Compensation: $260,698

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 National Kidney Foundation audit of March 31, 2018 (Note 1, Nature of Organization):

"...The Foundation has a chartered network of 10 affiliated organizations (Affiliates) and 29 regional offices as of March 31, 2018 across the country to implement its mission... Under the provisions of a charter with the Foundation, each Affiliate must meet certain requirements regarding organizational structure, program services, and fundraising."

CharityWatch's rating of the National Kidney Foundation does not include the financial activities of its 10 Affiliates.

As described in the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) fiscal 2018 tax filing: "...The Affiliates are separate legal entities (not controlled by NKF) which in tandem with the Foundation help implement its mission... NKF and its Affiliates have agreements under which a portion of contributions received by Affiliates is shared with NKF for the express purpose of fulfilling its mission" (IRS Form 990, Schedule O).
According to the National Kidney Foundation audit of March 31, 2018 (Note 1, Nature of Organization):

"On June 15, 2017, the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, Inc. (NKF Maryland) voted to become a division of the Foundation. On August 31, 2017, all activities of NKF Maryland ceased with the exceptions of administrative actions necessary to terminate NKF Maryland's charter and distribute the remaining assets to the Foundation, all of which were accomplished on or before March 31, 2018.

"On December 15, 2016, the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee (NKF West Tennessee) voted to become a division of the Foundation. On July 31, 2017, all activities of NKF West Tennessee ceased with the exception of administrative actions necessary to terminate NKF West Tennessee's charter and distribute the remaining assets to the Foundation, all of which were accomplished on or before March 31, 2018."


Also according to the National Kidney Foundation audit of March 31, 2018 (Note 15, Inherent Contribution):

"As previously referred to in Note 1 [cited above], the Foundation acquired control of NKF Maryland and NKF West Tennessee. This transaction was affected without the transfer of consideration, and as such, the net assets of NKF Maryland as of August 31, 2017, and NKF West Tennessee as of July 31, 2017, totaling $2,640,664, were contributed to the Foundation and were recognized in the accompanying [audited] balance sheet..."
According to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) tax filing for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, NKF reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4A):

"Eric Albrecht, VP, Events Development & Sports Marketing thru October of 2017, received severance payments totaling $14,263..."


Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"Schedule J, Part II, Column (B)(ii) ['Bonus & incentive compensation'] reports discretionary incentive amounts that were approved by the board based upon performance."


NKF reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to two individuals in the following amounts in calendar year 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

(1) Eric Albrecht, VP, Events Development & Sports Mktg. (thru 10/17): $45,896, with reported total compensation of $237,006; and
(2) Karin Buchholz, Senior VP, Development: $1,000, with reported total compensation of $245,150.

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