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.

2020 NKF Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Thursday, February 27th

Join us at the Capitol in St. Paul as we raise awareness for CKD, organ donation and transplant. Talk with lawmakers about your experience with CKD and why the issue is something they should care about, and help us promote policy change that will improve the lives of CKD patients and protect the rights of living organ donors. Training will be provided as well as the opportunity to hear from other advocates and lawmakers. The training will take place in the Veterans Service Building located next to the Capitol.

Schedule & Location
8:30am - Registration & Breakfast (Veterans Service Building)
9:00am - Advocacy Training (Veterans Service Building)
10:30am - Meetings with Lawmakers (State & Senate Office Buildings)
1:15pm - Rally (Rotunda of the Capitol Building)

Questions: Contact Caitlin Grosshauser by email or 651-636-7300 x421

Registration has closed for this event. Join us at our Rally at 1:15pm on Thursday, February 27th.

Kidney Patient Social Summit

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 12:00pm
Be The Match
500 N. 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Join us for a FREE educational event for patients, their family members, caregivers, and friends. Patients at all stages of CKD are welcome and lunch will be provided. Breakout sessions will cover a range of topics including nutrition, treatment options, grief and coping, and other supportive resources.

Questions? Contact: Caitlin Grosshauser, 651-635-7300 ext. 421.

Register Online

4th Annual Orange Gala: In Bloom

April 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
Metropolitan Club House & Ballroom
5418 Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley, MN 55416

Join us at this important event for the Minnesota kidney community as we come together to celebrate and support the important 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. Early Bird ticket and table discounts are available until February 1st.

This year’s event will recognize Wendy St. Peter, winner of the National Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award and local board member, Adam Doiron, recipient of the Arthur P. Pasquarella Leadership in Action Award.

More Information

For more information about this event contact Carly Hodes at 651.636.7300 ext. 423.


THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE is a free 4-hour workshop 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 Events

Sunday, February 16th
University of Minnesota Big Ask: Big Give Workshop
2225 West River Rd N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Registration beginning at 11:30am
Register Online

Sunday, March 29th
2225 West River Rd N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Registration beginning at 11:30am
Register Online

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.

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.

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.

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
Support Group meets every third MONDAY every other month.
555 Park Street, Suite 210 St. Paul MN, 55103
Contact: Marsha Lindquist-Evans, MSW

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

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