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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.  

If you have any questions about giving to the NKFM, please contact Kathy McGrath at [email protected] or call 734-222-9800. Thank you for your support! 

You can also make a monthly gift or a gift of stock or appreciated assets. Please contact Kathy McGrath at the information above.

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.

Jaxson's Story:

In his short life, Jaxson Scott has faced an incredible amount of health challenges. This includes being born 11 weeks premature, tumors along his spinal cord that took away his ability to walk, and a previously undiscovered vascular disease which causes blood clots in arteries. In June 2017, Jaxson faced another health obstacle of complete kidney failure. Thankfully, Jaxson’s mother Grace successfully donated one of her kidneys, and has greatly improved his quality of life.

The financial burden these health challenges present can be overwhelming. Grace and Jaxson moved from Kansas to Ann Arbor for Jaxson’s care, but were unable to relocate her daughter Genevieve and son Abraham.
At the lowest point of her financial situation, Grace turned to a social worker who directed her to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Emergency Fund. The small help her family received from the NKFM allowed her to get through a tough spot. Knowing what that help did for her spirit, Grace knew she wanted to give back and help those in a similar situation. “Team Jaxson” participated in the Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo and raised over $1,000 for NKFM’s life-changing programs.

Jaxson is now 9 years old and enjoys the Marvel Universe and playing wheelchair basketball. Whatever health obstacles may lie ahead, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will be there to offer support, services and resources for Jaxson and all families affected by kidney disease.


Letter From Linda Smith-Wheelock, President & CEO

Dear Friend,

No child should have to suffer from kidney disease. I know you agree with this statement. The good news is that the NKFM can help those who do have kidney disease – like Jaxson – with services and support to improve their quality of life. Thanks to the past generosity of donors we have been able to help countless families touched by kidney disease.

In Jaxson’s case, his kidney disease was unavoidable. However, many other children and adults are at high risk for kidney disease and the NKFM can help them prevent it. The significance of healthy living has never been more important because one in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. With your continued support, we can continue to fight obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, the leading causes of kidney disease. With you by our side, we can fulfill our core mission of preventing these diseases so that more children can grow up healthy, happy and with a bright future.

Your support goes directly to educating and supporting the more than one million people in Michigan who have kidney disease and those at risk. From diabetes prevention programs and kids health programs, to a camp for kids with kidney disease and a patient emergency fund, our programs change lives.

Will you show your support for peopole and families just like Jaxson's?
On behalf of those we serve – thank you!

Linda Smith-Wheelock
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. 

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 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. You can give online or pay by cash or check using this Donation Form. A notification will be sent to the recipient you indicate.

Family members wishing to have memorial envelopes on hand, please contact Kathy McGrath at [email protected]. Or check with the funeral home director.

In Honor

What a special way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion by making a donation in honor of an individual or couple.  You can give online or pay by cash or check using this Donation Form. A notification will be sent to the recipient you indicate.

Please contact Kathy McGrath at [email protected] if you would like to talk about customizing donation options for special occasions.

Planned Giving

There is a way to contribute to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan that benefits others for generations to come. Planned giving offers an opportunity to give for the future of the NKFM and can create a difference in personally satisfying ways.

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. A planned gift is one that fits well into your overall financial and estate planning, often allowing you to enjoy tax and financial benefits. Through a planned gift, you may be able to save more taxes, increase your retirement income, or provide more cost-effective support for a loved one. But you also have the opportunity to make a personal statement, to make a larger gift than might otherwise be possible, to help shape our future, and leave a lasting legacy.

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 Brian Christy 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.