The Kidney Walks have been an integral part of our fundraising world since 1996. Since that time, the Kidney Walks have grown into an almost $1 million/year extravaganza in Michigan, and have also been replicated throughout the country! The Kidney Walks are presented statewide by Meijer.
Kidney Walks are now held in the following areas, and feature some very unique family highlights:
The Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo is where it all started! More than 6,000 people attend this heartwarming event each year that features many children’s activity stations, multiple food and vendor areas, a raffle of “gotta have it” items, a celebration of individual family teams, dialysis teams, and corporate teams, a Champions Tent for our kidney patients, free parking and of course a chance to spend a day at the zoo. More...
The Grand Rapids Kidney Walk takes place at one of our nation's largest urban parks. Join us for a fun-filled day for the entire family. Festivities will include a Wellness Expo. More...
The Greater Lansing Kidney Walk will will offer a scenic stroll through the beautiful Hawk Island County Park. Walkers will enjoy lunch, free parking, tons of great kids activities, VIP treatment for kidney patients, music, entertainment and a paved 1.5 mile walk around Hawk Island’s lovely lake. Stick around after the Walk and take advantage of Hawk Island’s SplashPad, swimming beach, paddle boats, playgrounds and more! More...
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Frequently Asked Questions
Raising Money through the Kidney Walks
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Walk day has arrived. Where do I go?
Q: Do I need to raise money?
A: The Kidney Walk is a fundraiser. The money raised through the Kidney Walks directly supports the mission of the NKFM and the more than 900,000 adults in Michigan with kidney disease. With the money raised from the Kidney Walks each year, the NKFM is able to accomplish many goals, including the following:
- Educate thousands of school aged children about the benefits of good nutrition and physical exercise, with the goal of preventing or delaying kidney disease
- Help thousands of adults to live healthier lives
- Provide direct services to those living with kidney disease
- Send kids with kidney disease to our Kids Camp
Q: Is there a minimum donation or pledge goal I must meet?
A: All Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo walkers over the age of 12 must raise $25. Walkers ages 2-12 must raise $15. This fee includes parking and zoo admission.
All Greater Lansing Kidney Walk participants over the age of 12 must raise $20. Walkers ages 2-12 must raise $10. This fee includes free parking.
This minimum expectation will be applied to the total raised by each walker and will ensure that the most funds possible will go directly to the NKFM’s programs and services.
Teams can raise money together to cover the minimum registration fee for all team walkers.
Q: Can children participate in the Walk? Do they need to raise money?
A: The Kidney Walk is a family event for all ages and everyone is invited to participate. The minimum donation expectation for the Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo and the Greater Lansing Kidney Walk applies to children ages 2 and above. With help from an adult they have the potential to be great fundraisers!
Q: Do I have to register?
A: We ask all walkers, regardless of age, whether walking individually or as a team, to register online prior to the Walk. This will help us in planning for the best Kidney Walk experience. When you register online, you are automatically assigned your own personal walk page which is designed to facilitate your fundraising efforts.
Q: How do I register for the walk?
A: Register at www.kidneywalk.org.
Q: I walked last year. Do I have to sign up this year?
A: Yes, but you will not need to create a new personal page. If you have registered for the Walk in the past, you must use the same username and password. Forgot your password? Contact us. For the Grand Rapids Kidney Walk contact Jen Bovia by email – [email protected] or phone (616) 458-9520. For all other Walks contact Karen Miller by email – [email protected] or phone (734) 222-9800 ext. 219.
Q: I don’t have a computer. How can I register?
A: Call the NKFM at (734) 222-9800 and we will register you.
Q: Is there a deadline to register?
A: Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo - online registration closes at 5:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to the Walk.
Grand Rapids Kidney Walk and Greater Lansing Kidney Walk – online registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the Walk.
Miss the deadline? Walkers can also register at the Walk site on the day of the Walk.
Note – credit card donations can be made after registration has closed. Please bring a copy of any donations made after the close of registration with you when you check in so you get credit for these donations at that time.
Teams are made up of two or more. Corporate Teams are comprised of co-workers, vendors and other company employees. Family and Friends teams can include family, friends and neighbors. Dialysis teams include patients and unit staff.
Q: How do I join/register a Team?
A: All you need is two or more walkers and a team name. The Team captain must register first to establish the team and then team members may join. Register by visiting www.kidneywalk.org.
Q: How do I join a team?
A: To join a team
- Go to www.kidneywalk.org
- Find the Walk you wish to participate in.
- Click the button on the left hand side of the page – Register - and follow the instructions.
Q: What if I have already registered as an individual and want to join a team?
A: If you have already registered, please contact us. For the Grand Rapids Walk, contact Jennifer Bovia by email – [email protected] or phone (616) 458-9520. For all other Walks contact Karen Miller by email [email protected] or phone (734) 222-9800.
Q: Are team members eligible for prizes?
A: Each team member who individually raises $100 or more will be eligible for prizes including a Kidney Walk T-shirt. Those raising $250 or more will be eligible for other prizes depending on the level they achieve. Walk T-Shirts will be available for pick up on the day of the Walk.
Q: Can I send in pledges for the entire team?
A: Yes. If you wish each team member to receive credit for a portion of the donations, please indicate the name and amount on the Walk Collection Envelope. If the pledges are for the overall team, please indicate that on the Walk Collection Envelope and they will be credited to the team as a whole.
Q: How can I see who is on my team?
A: Log in to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your My Walk Center and click the “Team Progress” tab. This will allow you to view your roster and the totals raised by your team members.
Q: How can I get a brochure and Walk collection envelope?
A: Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo and the Greater Lansing Kidney Walk - please call Karen Miller at the NKFM at (734) 222-9800 to obtain Walk materials. Grand Rapids Kidney Walk – please call Jen Bovia at (616) 458-9520.
Q: Is my information, as well as that of my donors, safe?
A: The www.kidneywalk.org website and its provider have made every effort to protect your information. We use Veri Sign Trusted to ensure that your password, personal information, and your donors’ personal information travel securely over the Internet.
Q: Are donations tax-deductible?
A: Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Unless otherwise specified, donations of $50 or more will receive an acknowledgment letter.
Q: How do funds raised at the Kidney Walk benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan?
A: Almost ninety cents of each dollar raised benefits the NKFM’s prevention programs and patient services. For information on the programs and services the NKFM offers to the people of Michigan, visit the Patient Services, Communities & Families, and Kids & Teens sections of our website.
Q: Who can donate to me?
A: Anyone. Walkers can sponsor themselves. Ask friends, family and co-workers to support your efforts.
Q: How can donors support me online?
A: They can make a credit card donation online by visiting your personal page. All online donations will receive a confirmation/receipt of their donation.
Q: What is a Matching Gifts program?
A: Many companies match employees’ charitable donations through a Matching Gifts Program. This is a great way to double donor’s gifts and increase your fundraising efforts. Ask your donors if their company has a matching gifts program. Please check out the Matching Gifts link for more information.
Q: Where can I get a pledge sheet?
A: Click on the Helpful Materials tab at the top. This is a great way to keep track of your donors.
Q: How can I Fundraise Online?
A: Once you register online, you can access your personal page by using your password. This page is a quick and effective way to reach out to your friends and family to ask them to support your walk efforts. Customize your page with a personal message, photos or video and email. It’s a great way to offer donors the immediate opportunity to support your efforts by making a credit card donation online. On average, walkers who ask for donations by email raise eight times more than walkers who don’t use email for their fundraising efforts. The personal contacts you upload will not be accessed by Convio nor NKFM staff. It is only available for you to use as a fundraising resource.
Q: Is my personal page private or public?
A: By default, a personal page is public, which means your name will appear in the participant search list and anyone accessing the site will be able to support you. If you don’t wish to have your name on the participant search list, you will need to set your page to private and only people you personally invite will be able to support you.
Q: How can I fundraise through Facebook?
A: First, make sure you are registered for the Kidney Walk. If you are not yet registered, visit kidneywalk.org/walks to register for a Walk near you.
To start fundraising, go to kidneywalk.org and log in to your personal account
- Once you log in, go your Walk Center
- In the Walk Center, clock the “Social” tab
- In the “Social” tab, click “Facebook Fundraiser”
- In the “Facebook Fundraiser” section, click “Create a Facebook Fundraiser”. Note this will open a new Facebook tab
- Follow the prompts to set up your Facebook fundraiser
- You can also download the Kidney Walk app for your phone. Search “Kidney Walk” in the App Store or Google Play store. Log in with your Kidney Walk username and password.
Questions? Please contact the NKFM.
Become a fan of the NKFM on Facebook to hear the latest walk news. Please visit www.facebook.com/KidneyMI. There are also Facebook pages for each of the Kidney Walks, which can easily be accessed by searching for the name of the Walk when logged into your personal Facebook account.
Q: Are there prizes?
A: All walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a Kidney Walk T-shirt. All those raising $250 or more will receive an incentive certificate redeemable online 6 weeks after the Walk. For a complete list of prizes, click here. Kidney Walk T-shirts will be available for pick-up the day of the Walk. Click here to view the T-Shirts.
Many of our walkers strive to become members of the Top Fundraisers Club, an honor reserved for those who personally raise $1,000 or more for the Kidney Walk
Q: Who should the checks be made payable to?
A: National Kidney Foundation of Michigan or NKFM
Q: Where can donations be mailed to?
A: Grand Rapids Kidney Walk -
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
1345 Monroe NW, Suite 140
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo and the Greater Lansing Kidney Walk -
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
1169 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
When sending in donations (no cash) please include a note indicating who should receive the credit (walker or team) for the donation(s). Upon receipt, the NKFM will add them to the walker or team as designated.
Q: Do you have receipts I can provide to my donors?
A: Yes. Click on the Helpful Materials tab at the top.
Q: Can I turn in my donations prior to the day of the Walk?
A: We recommend turning in your pledges prior to the day of the Walk. This can be accomplished by:
- Mailing donations to NKFM. Please include a note indicating who should receive credit for the donation(s). You can mail them in as you receive them. It’s not necessary to send them altogether.
- For Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo only. Turn in donations at one of the Bank Days held prior to the Walk. Bank Days are usually held about two weeks prior to the Walk. Not only can you turn in your donations but you can pick up admission ticket (s) and Kidney Walk T-Shirts voucher (s). Please visit the Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo: www.nkfm.org/walks for dates and locations.
*Team Captains – It’s recommended you collect your team members’ cash and checks donations and turn them in prior to the Walk. Bank Days are ideal for facilitating this and will eliminate the need for you and your team to check in the morning of the Walk as you can also pick up admission tickets and Kidney Walk T-Shirt vouchers to distribute to team members prior to the day of the Walk.
If you have pre-registered online, please check in at the Pre-Registered Check-In tent. At that time, you will receive your admission ticket (for Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo only) and your Kidney Walk T-shirt voucher (for those raising $100 or more).
Check-In Exception – Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo only. The only exception would be for those who attended the Bank Days. Those walkers don’t need to check-in as they received their voucher, if applicable and admission ticket ahead of time. If you are one of these walkers please proceed to the start of the Walk to enjoy the festivities.
- Have donations of checks and cash? Please turn them in using the Walk Collection envelope. The NKFM will have a list of your online donations which we will confirm at the time you check-in.
- Did all of your fundraising online? We will confirm your online donations at the time you check-in.
- Once you have checked in – enjoy the festivities and get ready to walk!
- Those who did not register online or missed the registration deadline, visit the Day-of Registration tent.
- Complete the Walk Collection envelope.
- Present your donations.
- At that time you will receive your admission ticket, and if applicable, and Kidney Walk T-shirt voucher (for those raising $100 or more).
- Once you have checked in – enjoy the festivities and get ready to walk!
Q: What time does check-in and the Walk begin?
A: Please visit the page for the Walk you're participating in to get the check-in and start times (listed at the top under Walk Details).
Q: What happens if it rains? Will we still walk?
A: The Kidney Walk is a rain or shine event.
Q: How long is the walk?
A: It’s approximately one mile in length and is a marked, non-competitive route. Some Kidney Walks offer a longer route as well.
Q: Are there maps of the Walk route?
A: The routes will be clearly marked with signs. In some cases, maps are available Walk day.
Q. Are there restrooms?
A. Restrooms are located at the Start/Finish. Depending on the location, some may be available along the route.
Q. Will food and beverages be provided?
A. There will be a variety of healthy snacks and beverages.
Q. Are strollers allowed?
Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. Due to the high volume of walkers, we ask that you not bring your dog. Dogs are NOT allowed at the Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo with the exception of service dogs.
Q. Will photographs be taken?
A. Yes, all of our Kidney Walks are held at public locations and therefore photography and videography is allowed. The NKFM will be taking photographs and videos of our events to be used on social media, print media, websites, etc. These photographs and videos are used to further support our mission by promoting future events, educating the public about kidney disase, and letting people know of the programs and services offered by the NKFM. By attending the event, you consent for us to use a photo and video you may appear in. Thank you for helping us further our mission!
Below are some documents that will help you along the way as you raise money for the Kidney Walk. If you have any questions about these materials, please contact Kathy McGrath, Walk Manager at [email protected] or 800-482-1455 ext. 248.
Holding a fundraising event to benefit your team's or your own walk efforts? Send us the event flyer in a PDF format and we will post it here one month prior to your event. Please send your information to the attention of Ryder Comstock at [email protected]