There are many ways you can help in the fight against kidney disease. The strength of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is people – the generous people who choose to give their support, to improve the lives of the more than 1.1 million living with kidney disease in Illinois.

Online Giving

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Give online by clicking the button above or give us a call at (312) 321-1500. To mail your donation, please send your check and donor information to:

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
215 W. Illinois St., Suite 1C, Chicago, IL 60654

If you are interested in ordering pre-addressed donation envelopes, or setting up a recurring donation, please contact Lena Clement at or (312) 321-1500.

Other Ways to Give

Tribute Gifts

These contributions are made in honor or memory of a family member, friend or colleague to celebrate the individuals who have touched our lives. When making your tribute donation, please include the name of the person for whom the gift is being made. if you provide the name and address of the honored person or the name and address of a family member, a letter acknowledging your gift will be sent to that address. The specific amount of the gift will not be included.

Make a tribute gift online, by phone or by mailing the donation and information to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois at 215 W. Illinois St, Ste 1C, Chicago, IL 60654.

Employer Matching Gifts/Workplace Giving

Your gift can mean twice or three times as much! Several companies throughout the country offer matching gift programs.  This opportunity allows corporations to give back to the organizations that their employees are connected with and passionate toward.  Each corporate matching gift program is different, however there is no cost to the employee, and the process is simple.  Some programs match dollar for dollar, some double the gift while others will match a certain percentage.  To learn more about your company's matching gift program, please contact your Human Resources Department. Once you confirm that your gift can be matched, simply complete your employer’s matching gift form and send it to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois along with your personal donation, and we will take care of the rest.

Additionally, we are a proud member agency of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Community Health Charities of Illinois.  Please visit their websites to find out more about their annual giving campaigns.

Gifts of Securities, Stocks and Bonds

We gratefully accept gifts of stocks, bonds, and other publicly traded securities.  When making any gift of securities, we strongly encourage you to seek the guidance of your financial advisor, tax accountant or attorney. For information on how to donate, please call (312) 321-1500.

Add a Bequest to Your Will or Trust

With thoughtful planning, a bequest can be one of life’s most noble and rewarding activities. A bequest is a gift usually done through a will, living trust or codicil. When including a bequest to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois in your will or trust you can make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose, Indicate a specific amount, or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate or trust.

By doing this, your assets remain in your control during your lifetime, and you can modify your bequest to address changing circumstances at any time. Under current tax law there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests. To discuss your options further, please call us at (312) 321-1500.

Charitable Lead Trusts

This trust provides a way to make an immediate gift and pass assets to your heirs with little or no gift or estate tax.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

This trust can permit a donor to give appreciated assets to charity and receive both an immediate tax deduction and future income payments.

Kidney Cars

You can donate your used car, van truck or even boat to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.  We accept all vehicles and tow them free of charge.  Visit or call (800) 488-CARS to learn more about donating your used car.

Respecting Our Donors

However you choose to donate, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is committed to using your gift wisely and respecting your privacy. We will never sell, rent, or give your name, address or email address to anyone. Unless otherwise indicated, 25% of all undesignated gifts will be shared with the National Kidney Foundation to be used to support national initiatives and programs.

Donor Bill of Rights

Annual Reports

Learn more about the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois by browsing through our Annual Reports and financial statements.

Your Donation Dollars

$2,500 screens 30 people for kidney disease and its risk factors through the KidneyMobile® program.

$1,000 provides 20 newly diagnosed patients with telephone support and education.

$500 educates 15 patients on the best treatment options for kidney disease.

$250 empowers 10 people to take control of their health through follow-up and referrals.

$100 informs 5 community partners through educational brochures and resources.

$50 allows for 4 community-based education seminars on kidney disease prevention and living a healthy lifestyle.