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Donating to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan 

Donate to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

Generous supporters have helped the NKFM to provide prevention and patient service programs to countless Michigan residents in the past year.  Thank you for giving a gift today to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan by clicking on the DONATE NOW button on the right or sending a check.  Find out more about the programs and services you're supporting as well as how the NKFM is rated by the nation's leading charity evaluators by viewing the 2016 Programs & Ratings Sheet. If you have any questions about giving to the NKFM, please contact Lisa Schutz Jelic at or call 734-222-9800. Thank you for your support! 

Checks should be made payable to NKFM or National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
1169 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48108

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 38-1559941.

Lilly's Story:

Lillian was an active 14-year old, straight-A student, and enjoyed playing soccer and swimming. In January 2015, she caught a cold that triggered a rare Lillyautoimmune disease, Goodpasture Syndrome, which caused both of her kidneys to fail. After two weeks of intense treatment at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, she was released to home with a regimen of medication and 3-day a week dialysis. We knew she would require a kidney transplant. 
Her life was transformed and would never be the same. After missing a month of school, Lilly could only attend 2-3 days a week because of dialysis. She persevered and held on to her grades. She missed countless school and life activities with her head held high. After 8 months of treatment and several thousand miles back and forth to Ann Arbor, I had the pleasure of being able to donate one of my kidneys to Lilly on October 2, 2015.
As difficult as this experience was for our family, so many people along the way somehow made it manageable. Our social worker at Mott introduced us to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. We met so many great people at the 2015 Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo. When Lilly found out about Kidney Camp in July, she finally had something to look forward to. She had 5 short days to finally be a kid again. She came home declaring that she couldn’t wait to go again, and then become a counselor to help other kidney kids. Services and experiences like that mean the world to children and families looking for answers.
The NKFM has been a vital resource of information and education for dealing with dialysis and transplant. Their prevention and education programs are crucial in helping people of all ages understand, control and ultimately prevent kidney disease.  We could not prevent what happened to Lilly, but with the help of the NKFM we could help our child feel like a kid again. 
A new kidney does not end the struggle. It makes it different. There is a lifetime of medication, tests, check-ups, and wonder. As you read this, she is a thriving transplant recipient, back in school and back in the pool.
-Jeff Levine
Lilly’s Dad

Letter From Daniel M. Carney, President & CEO

Dear Friends,
At the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM), prevention of chronic kidney disease is our top priority. Although about 70% of kidney disease is preventable, Lilly’s diagnosis could not be avoided.  Thankfully, Lilly received the gift of life from her father, making it possible for her to live a full and active childhood.  
Your support is needed, now more than ever, to continue our vital programs as the number of people affected by chronic kidney disease continues to grow.  One in nine of your friends, family, and acquaintances may have chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it.  
You can give to the NKFM with confidence and trust!  For the 8th consecutive year, the NKFM has been recognized for its sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by receiving the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.  
Please join me in making a gift to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan online at or by using the enclosed envelope. 
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Daniel M. Carney
President & CEO

Supporting Our Mission

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has many opportunities for you to give to support our mission.  Each gift contributes to creating a healthier Michigan. Through our Programs for Early Childhood Health, we hope to educate every child how to protect their health by eating better and exercising more. Through our Prevention & Education programs we aim to create a place where diabetes and kidney disease are no longer epidemics, where dialysis units are not needed, and where everyone needing a transplant would receive one without a wait. Find out more about the programs and services you're supporting as well as how the NKFM is rated by the nation's leading charity evaluators by viewing the 2016 Programs & Ratings Sheet.

This vision for a healthier Michigan inspires many to support the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan with a donation towards our programs and services. You can read more about our dream by viewing our Healthier Michigan Case Statement.  You can help us realize this dream my making a gift today by calling 800-482-1455, or give online.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, click here.


Giving a gift in memory or honor of a loved one that has been impacted by kidney disease is a thoughtful way to contribute to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. For some, this provides a hope and healing at a time of grief. Funeral home directors and family members are encouraged to contact the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan to inquire about opportunities to make memorial gifts. For more information please call Barb Currier Giza at 1-800-482-1455 or click here to give online.

Brick button

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s (NKFM) Engraved Brick Garden is an expression of love and friendship, providing opportunities for a quiet reflection for all visitors. The NKFM Engraved Brick Garden is located on the grounds of the State Office in Ann Arbor, MI. Your donation leaves a lasting tribute to your loved one and through this generosity, helps the NKFM fulfill its mission: to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it.

Single Brick
Approx. Size 8” X 4” up to 3 lines of text
Donation $100
Double Brick
Approx. Size 8” X 8” up to 6 lines of text
Donation $500

For more information about giving memorial gifts and about purchasing a brick in memory of your loved one, contact Kathy McGrath or call 800-482-1455. Click 2015 Brick Garden Order Form to download the brick order form.

Planned Giving

Another way to make a contribution to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is through a planned gift. These types of donations offer an opportunity to give for the future of the NKFM. Planned giving can be accomplished through many different forms such as wills, trusts, life insurance, gift annuities, pay on death accounts, gifts of securities, and retirement plan assets.

Would you like to learn more about planned giving? If so, please feel free to complete the Planned Giving Form or feel free to email or call Lisa Schutz Jelic at 734-222-9800 or


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Kidney Cars

Donate your used car, truck, or boat to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and you could be eligible for a tax deduction. Your vehicle will be picked up for free and the proceeds from the sale will benefit the many programs and services of the NKFM. Donating your car is simple. Call 800-488-CARS or visit for more information.