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about us

determined to make a difference


The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois works closely with community leaders, healthcare professionals, and civic-minded corporate partners to improve the lives of patients and families affected by kidney disease.


No organization supports kidney disease patients like we do. We provide patients access to resources and information, host numerous educational events, support innovative research, advocate for improvements in healthcare policy, and provide free kidney health screenings all across the state of Illinois.

Mission and History

our story

Today, the NKFI serves more than 60,000 patients annually, but we started simply: with a promise.

vision & goals

Discover how the NKFI plans to blaze ahead on the path to progress. 


The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois takes action on behalf of people affected by kidney disease by pursuing strategies in four, key areas: 

scientific research

We invest in the future of medicine by funding innovative research at top-tier laboratories.

community education

We host numerous free educational events, and connect patients to resources and information.

government advocacy

We work with elected officials to shape public policy and increase support for kidney disease.

public health

We provide free kidney health screenings, and help communities take charge of their health. 

What We Do
Financial Strategy


Since our launch in 1949, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois has raised millions of dollars in support of scientific research and patient services. As critical as raising money is, what we do with it is just as important.

We commit to funding programs thoughtfully and critically, and ensure that our supporters can easily review our financial strategy and reports. 

public support & revenue


Every milestone, achievement, and step towards health,

is possible because of you.

  • 45% Volunteer-Driven Events

  • 29% Corporate Giving

  • 13% Individual Contributions and Bequests

  • 13% Investments

  • 01% Other & Misc.

functional expenses


With your help, we directed more than 80% of all gifts

directly to patient and health services.

  • 41% Patient Services

  • 39% Educational Programming

  • 17% Fundraising & Advocacy

  • 03% Administrative & Operations


The NKFI is powered by a dedicated staff, committed board members, forward-thinking healthcare professionals, and the passion of supporters like you. Click below to learn more about the people powering our progress.

board of directors

Our board of directors pushes us forward, and helps steer the future of our programs and services.

leadership & staff

Our driven staff is intensely devoted to improving the lives of families affected by kidney disease.

giving societies

Giving Societies members offer remarkable support for kidney health, and play a major part in our work.


Our medical advisors provide invaluable expertise, and help us plan research and programming.

Meet the Team

your passion makes the difference

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