NKF Serving Minnesota

The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of kidneys for transplantation.

Upcoming Events

5th Annual Orange Gala: In Bloom

On May 6, 2022, join the National Kidney Foundation serving Minnesota for the 5th annual Orange Gala: In Bloom. With the safety of our community at the forefront of all we do, the NKF will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in the coming months, and will be following all CDC and local guidelines. Join us at this important event for the Minnesota kidney community as we come together to celebrate and support the critical work that NKF does to improve lives. This year's evening will have more time for mingling and reconnecting with friends and colleagues, and many exclusive opportunities to bid, play, and support the NKF. For more information about this event contact Carly Hodes at carly.hodes@kidney.org / 651.636.7300 ext. 423

The Konica Minolta NKF Golf Classic

The road to Pebble Beach starts at Legends Golf Club on June 20, 2022. The NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic is the nation’s Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity. Each year thousands of golfers from across the country participate in 30 events across the U.S. for the exciting competition and the chance to earn an invitation to the National Finals at Pebble Beach—while raising over $3.5 million for the NKF.

GLOW Holiday Festival 2022

The holidays are fast approaching and in the spirit of the season, we’re excited to announce our partnership with GLOW Holiday Festival! GLOW is a wintertime light experience at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds featuring over a million lights, art installations, interactive displays, live music by local choirs, State Fair food and beverages, and other festive attractions. Each night of GLOW benefits a community charity and we have been designated as a beneficiary! Purchase through our ticket link for Saturday, December 4th, using the discount code KIDNEY (code is for tracking, not a discount) and $1 from your ticket goes directly to The National Kidney Foundation Serving Minnesota! The lights shine bright November 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022! Reserve your spot now at: www.glowholiday.com/tickets

First Steps to Transplant

THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE - First Steps to Transplant
Free Virtual Workshop

Are you a kidney patient – or a family member or friend of one – that wants to learn more about getting a kidney transplant? Or are you interested in learning more about donating a kidney to someone in need of a transplant?

This program is for you! In this free webinar from the National Kidney Foundation, you will:

  • Learn what’s involved in receiving a kidney transplant
  • Find out what you need to know if you’re thinking about donating a kidney
  • Hear personal stories from kidney transplant recipients and living donors

Finding a Living Donor

THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE - Finding a Living Donor
Free Virtual Workshop

Finding a Living Donor is a free 2-hour webinar designed to help kidney patients on the waiting list for a transplant find a living donor. Open to kidney patients, family members, friends, and potential living donors, this workshop will provide interactive education about living donation and transplant, and teach the best, most effective strategies and tips for finding a living donor.

Upcoming event:

BABG December 5th at 1-3pm
Register Here

Twin Cities Kidney Walk, presented by DaVita

Walk the Kidney Walk!

Thank you to our 2021 Twin Cities Kidney Walk teams and partners for a record-breaking year! With your help, we raised over $130,000- changing lives right here in Minnesota. Track our 2021 team progress here: Kidney Walk Twin Cities and save the date for next year’s Walk, October 8, 2022.

2021 Virtual Primary Care Strategies for Kidney Disease CME Series

This series will update providers and other health professionals on best practices and recommendations for caring for patients with chronic kidney disease in the primary care setting. Furthermore, this series will address the health disparities present in patients with chronic kidney disease.

To be added to our Minnesota Professionals list to receive more information regarding this series, please contact nkfmn@kidney.org.

Register Here

Minnesota Kidney Stories Blog

Read our Minnesota Kidney Stories Blog to learn more about the kidney community in our great state! You can also submit your story here to be featured on the blog. We are always looking for stories from patients, caregivers, providers and living donors!

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 click here for upcoming opportunities.

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, BuzzRz makes up to $1.00 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.

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
**This group is now meeting virtually. Please contact Laurie Church, Facilitator, for meeting information
Group Meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of every month
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Wilder Center (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)
451 Lexington Pkwy N
St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: Laurie Church, Facilitator

Head of Lakes Organ Transplant Support Group
**Due to COVID-19, this group is not meeting at this time. Please check back for more details.
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
**Due to COVID-19, this group is not meeting at this time. Please check back for more details.
Support Group meets every third MONDAY every other month.
555 Park Street, Suite 210 St. Paul MN, 55103
5:00-7:00pm
Contact: Marsha Lindquist-Evans, MSW
(651)-221-0896

To post your support group meeting information in our newsletter contact nkfmn@kidney.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