Advocacy 101

What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is the act of supporting a cause, idea or position that you are passionate about.

Who are NKF Advocates?
A National Kidney Foundation Advocate is someone who has been affected by kidney disease, donation or transplant in some way - people with chronic kidney disease, dialysis patients, transplant recipients, living donors, donor family members, caregivers, friends and family members - and who wants to empower and educate others.

Why become an NKF Advocate?
Advocacy plays an integral role in our mission. You can make a significant difference in the lives of kidney patients by representing the National Kidney Foundation. NKF educates and empowers patients for their voices to be heard.

What can you do?
Here are some of the ways you can be an advocate for those affected by kidney disease, donation and transplantation:

  • Join our Advocacy Action Center to learn about how to use your voice on public policy issues relating to donation, transplantation and kidney disease. You will receive email alerts and guidance for contacting your elected officials. It's quick and easy to make a difference!
  • Share your personal story. You never know who you will connect with or impact! Speak at local community events; share your story with the National Kidney Foundation for possible inclusion on our web site or in our newsletter; connect with others on NKF's Facebook page.
  • Volunteer with your local NKF office.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper about an NKF event coming up that you are participating in, or about specific legislation in Congress that is really important to you as a kidney patient.
  • Attend National Kidney Foundation events such as your local Kidney Walk or KEEP Healthy event.
  • Invite your Members of Congress to attend a local event or program when they are home in their district.
  • Schedule a meeting with your Members of Congress while they are working in their home district and discuss legislation that is important to you.
  • Raise awareness about the importance of kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and steps to take to keep kidneys healthy by presenting NKF's Awareness Program, Your Kidneys and You, to a group in your community.
  • Sign up as an organ and tissue donor through your state's online donor registry. It is also very important to tell your family of your wishes. You can also find information about living kidney donation on our website.
  • Help support NKF programs by making a financial contribution.