signature events

about the events

bringing our vision to life

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' one-of-a-kind, signature events work to increase awareness of kidney disease, while also raising much-needed funds for patient initiatives, community programming, and scientific research.


Whether you're competing on the golf course, enjoying an evening with civic leaders, or walking arm-in-arm with your fellow NKFI supporters in a march towards progress - - at the end of the day you're making a difference in the fight against kidney disease, and improving the lives of patients and families all across the state of Illinois. 


foundation events


Walk for Kidneys

June 27, 2021 | Chicago, IL

Patients, families, and NKFI supporters walk as one, pushing the fight against kidney disease into the future, and closer to the finish line.

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July 12, 2021 | Lake Forest, IL

Take a swing at kidney disease, revel in some friendly competition, and enjoy a day on some of the midwest's finest golf courses.

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September 29, 2021 | Wheaton, IL

Begin the trip to Pebble Beach by competing in this nation-wide series of tournaments benefiting patient services and CKD research.

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life gala

October 28, 2021 | Chicago, IL

Toast to the future of the NKFI as you mix and mingle with business leaders, public policy-makers, and health care professionals

our sponsors

improving lives, improving communities

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able impact the lives of patients, families, and communities through the support of passionate donors, and a remarkable team of dedicated sponsors.  Visit the Donor Wall.

For more information on sponsoring any of these events, please contact Heidi Merritt at or review the 2021 Sponsorship Packet


become a supporter

you make the difference

Join the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois in our fight by helping us create resources and programming for patients and families. Click below to learn more about how you can play a major role in our work.

Ways to Give

Whether you give monthly, host a fundraiser, or donate through work: your generosity is at the core of all our work.

Sponsor an Event

Demonstrate your support of the NKFI, and make a major impact in the fight against kidney disease.

Get Involved

Join the NKFI in our work by volunteering, becoming an advocate, or hosting your own #TeamKidney event.


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improving lives, improving communities

for kids

and teens

Enjoy hands-on learning experiences, and connect with other young patients navigating kidney disease.



Take control of your own health and connect with experts and resources at one of our free educational seminars.



Learn from leaders in the field and deepen your understanding of CKD at an NKFI professional development day.



Connect with us

phone: (312) 321 - 1500

toll free: (800) 9 - KIDNEY

fax: (312) 321 - 1505


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