NKF Serving Minnesota

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading volunteer-led, nonprofit health organization, dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

Temporary Office Closure Week of 10/21/2019

Due to construction/paint in the NKF Serving MN office during the week of 10/21, the office will be temporarily closed. Staff can still be reached by phone at the following number: 651-636-7300


Register Today for THE BIG ASK:THE BIG GIVE Workshop on Tuesday, September, 24, 2019 at LifeSource (2225 W. River Rd. N., Minneapolis 55411)
Dinner will be provided

Registration-4:30 to 5PM

Click here to register.

Thank you to Fresenius Medical Care for Funding this workshop!

Prescription Discount Card

The prescription discount card program benefitting NKF will not only help build awareness of CKD, but will make prescriptions more affordable for people with this life-threatening disease. Each time someone saves money with their prescription discount card benefitting NKF, Watertree Health makes up to a $0.50 donation to the organization—at no cost to the cardholder—to help fund the mission of NKF. The card can save up to 80% on most brand name and generic medications at 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.

Primary Care Strategies for Kidney Disease

Save the Date
Saturday January 25, 2020, 7:30am-3pm
Radisson Duluth-Harborview
505 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802

Don't miss this opportunity to earn CME/CE credits and get updates on best practices for managing patients with CKD. Agenda to follow but topics include: Pharmacotherapy, Proteinuria, Renal Imaging, and ESRD treatment options.

Registration will open in early fall. Contact Mallory Olson with questions.

Renal Grocery Tours

Do you struggle with managing your CKD diet? In addition to help from your physician and renal dietitian, a grocery store dietitian may be able to help! Coborn's Grocery Stores and Hy-Vee stores have dietitians in many store locations who have worked with NKF to develop shopping guides and grocery store tours for people with kidney disease. Contact your local grocery store dietitian to find out if they offer this service and to schedule your tour today!

Are you a retail dietitian that would like more information on the renal diet? Contact Caitlin Grosshauser (651-636-7300 x421) for more information.

Support Groups

Are you looking for peer support in dealing with CKD? NKF offers mentoring through our NKF PEERs program, and our new online communities for Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Living Donation and Transplant. There are also local support groups in Minnesota that are always welcoming new members.

Twin Cities Support Group
Group Meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of every month
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Vision Loss Resources
216 Starkey Street
St. Paul, MN 55107
Contact: Laurie Church, Facilitator

Head of Lakes Organ Transplant Support Group
Support Group meets the second TUESDAY of each month.
Miller-Dwan Medical Center
502 E 2nd Street Duluth MN
in Classrooms 2 & 3
7:00 to 9:00pm
Contact: GLENN, TOM, or LYNN
or call 218-879-5758

Caregiver Support Group
555 Park Street, Suite 210 St. Paul MN, 55103
Contact: Marsha Lindquist-Evans, MSW for meeting schedule

To post your support group meeting information in our newsletter contact caitlin.grosshauser@kidney.org

Volunteer Opportunities

We're always looking for new volunteers to help us advance our mission. From helping out around the office, to participating on event planning committees, to helping with community outreach and kidney screenings we have an opportunity for you! Contact Carly Hodes (651-636-7300 x423) to learn more about our volunteer opportunities or check out our Volunteer Match page for upcoming opportunities.

Kidney Stories MN Blog

Have you checked out our blog yet. Each month we share stories of people in Minnesota and their connection to kidney disease. www.kidneystoriesmn.org

NKF Cares Help Line

Get help navigating the challenges of kidney disease, organ donation and transplantation.

Toll–free 1.855.NKF.CARES (1.855.653.2273) nkfcares@kidney.org