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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 by viewing the 2017 Programs & Services Sheet.

If you have any questions about giving to the NKFM, please contact Kathy McGrath at 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.

Danny's Story:

Danny Zivian is a confident, articulate, gifted, accomplished and fearless 16 year old with many goals - one of which is to make his mark in the entertainment industry either on stage or directing. People who know Danny have little doubt that he will achieve this goal and all others he sets out for himself, no matter what obstacles are in his way.

From a young age, Danny’s character and outgoing personality helped him face challenges that very few young people have to face. Danny was first diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease at 11 weeks old. Doctors discovered that his right kidney was damaged and not working and his left kidney was very small. That left kidney has never grown and has outlasted all medical predictions of when a new kidney would be needed. Danny, along with strong support from us, his family, medical care team, teachers, and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, has been the driving force in keeping his kidney as healthy as possible. We are constantly amazed at how Danny continues to be his own best advocate while making sure he has as normal of a childhood as possible.

Our family became involved with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan when researching resources for people with kidney disease. At first, we participated in the Zoo Walks and raised money through immediate family members. Once Danny was old enough to understand what fundraising meant - asking people to give him their hard-earned money for a cause that he knew benefited not just himself, but many others in his community - Danny decided to take his fundraising efforts to a new level. Through the Zoo Walks, Danny has raised over $118,000 for the NKFM.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan continues to be a source of hope and support as Danny’s transplant nears. He currently has 30% kidney function and, as his body continues to grow, his kidney will not keep up. Just like everything else in his life, this extraordinary young man is preparing to face this new challenge, or as he calls it, “Chapter Two” with a positive and can-do outlook.

As one of the NKFM’s most passionate advocates and ambassadors, his determination has helped him accomplish many of his goals. Danny loves having such a great community to fundraise for and feels lucky to have the NKFM by his side on his journey.

Thank you - Danny’s family


Letter From Linda Smith-Wheelock, President & CEO

Dear Friends,

Danny is a remarkable young man. He and so many others we serve inspire us daily to continue to provide and enhance the NKFM’s impactful programs and services.

Whether it’s giving children with kidney disease the opportunity to experience a special week of adventure at Kids Camp while having their medical needs met; providing nutrition and physical exercise educational experiences and information to children from pre-school through high school students to inspire them to make healthier choices; providing emergency funds to those affected by kidney disease or offering programs to help adults with kidney disease manage problems associated with the disease, the NKFM is there and will continue to provide these and so many more life enhancing experiences.

It has been a privilege to walk alongside Danny and his family during the first chapter of his kidney journey. We look forward to the day when he will receive his transplant and begin “Chapter Two”.  Long after Danny has received his transplant, the NKFM will continue to be there for him, his family and all others who turn to the NKFM.

Please make it possible for the NKFM to be there for Danny, his family and so many more by making your donation today.

Thank you.

Best regards,

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. 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 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 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 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 Kathy McGrath 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.