GM Foundation Grants $50,000 to National Kidney Foundation

Check presented during Detroit stop of the NKF Golf Classic

Detroit, MI (August 20, 2012) - The GM Foundation today announced a $50,000 grant to the National Kidney Foundation for its continued efforts to prevent kidney disease and educate the public about risk factors and early detection.

The check was presented at the Detroit stop of the NKF Golf Classic. The annual tournament series of 40 events across the United States draws thousands of amateur golfers to compete for a chance to play at the celebrated Pebble Beach Resorts while raising funds and awareness for the disease. More than $80 million has been raised for the kidney foundation community since the tournament’s inception in 1987.

“This grant from the GM Foundation will help provide vital services to the 26 million Americans affected by kidney disease,” said Ed Peper, General Motors U.S. vice president of Fleet and Commercial Sales who presented the grant on behalf of the GM Foundation. “is also proud to support NKF through this annual golf tournament.”

The grant will support the foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program, which provides basic free tests to determine kidney function for those most at risk. More than 175,000 people have been screened since the program started.

“One in three Americans is at risk for kidney disease because of high blood pressure or diabetes – the two leading causes,” said Bruce Skyer, National Kidney Foundation CEO. “With the generous support of the GM Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation is working to spread awareness for those at risk so they understand the importance of screening and the role early detection plays in improving health and saving lives.”

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates.  Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit

About the National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney diseases, improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of organs for transplantation. For more information visit

About the NKF Golf Classic
The NKF Golf Classic is the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity with 40 events held throughout the country each year from March through December. The NKF Golf Classic is a scramble style golf event, where each four-person team must have a combined USGA Handicap Index of 42.0 or more and only one player may have a Handicap Index of 8.0 or less, providing for a competitive, yet social day of golf, whether you are a new golfer or an experienced low-handicapper. Top finishers in local tournaments are invited to compete in the NKF Golf Classic National Finals at the Pebble Beach Resorts, January 17-20, 2013, where teams play a 54-hole tournament on the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Del Monte Golf Course and the Links at Spanish Bay – the only event of its kind where you can win locally and move on to compete for a national title at the Pebble Beach Resorts. For more information or to find an event in your area, visit


Chad Lyons
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