NKF Serving Minnesota

Join us at one of our events this year

Nephrology Night- Racial Disparities in CKD and Transplant: Moving the Needle Toward Equity.


All healthcare providers are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30-7:30 PM for a non-CME professional education and networking opportunities to work together to improve care. Complimentary dinner will be provided. The event is free, but registration is required.


LifeSource 2225 West River Rd North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Please register here. Reach out to claire.johnson@kidney.org with any questions!

Sidney the Kidney
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The Twin Cities Kidney Walk presented by Medtronic will take place  at Allianz Field in Saint Paul on Sunday, October 15, 2023. Kidney Walk is for everyone-whether it’s your first year or fifteenth! Join us for fun, food and community building!



Register Today!

Kidney 101 Hosted in Hmong!

The National Kidney Foundation is partnering with the Hmong American Partnership to host a Kidney 101 workshop in Hmong and English in person at the Hmong American Partnership on October 22nd! Join us in learning about your kidneys and treatment options for kidney failure. There will be a free lunch and door prizes for those who attend! 

1-3 PM at 1075 Arcade St Saint Paul, MN 55107. Register here!

Big Ask, Big Give Programs

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.
The National Kidney Foundation’s signature program, the Big Ask, Big Give is aimed at eliminating the kidney transplant waitlist and helping patients find a living donor. We are pleased to offer two educational workshops for patients—one for those interested in learning more about transplant, and the other for those in need of a living donor.
The Big Ask: The Big Give

Free First Steps to Transplant Workshop

Free Workshop
In this workshop attendees will learn the essentials to beginning the evaluation and transplant process.
Any kidney patients not yet on the kidney waitlist and their family members
Upcoming BABG Events
Thursday, July 13th 5-7pm CST 
Hosted Virtually on Zoom
Register Here. 
Sunday, September 10th 1-3pm CST
Hosted Virtually on Zoom
Register Here.
The Big Ask: The Big Give

Free Finding a Living Donor Workshop

Free Workshop
In this workshop kidney patients, family members, friends, and potential living donors, will learn the most effective strategies, tools, and tips for finding a living kidney donor.
Kidney transplant on the waitlist and potential living donors
Upcoming BABG Events

Thursday, August 10th 5-7pm CST
Hosted Virtually on Zoom
Register Here. 

Drive for Dialysis

Challenge your staff to join the fight against kidney disease with a hands-on, team-building activity to assemble care packages for dialysis patients in the community where you live and work. Drive for Dialysis is a hands-on, non-skills based corporate volunteer opportunity that allows you to engage your staff/colleagues from the comforts of your office. Employees unite as a team to assemble care packages for delivery to a local dialysis clinic(s), while learning about kidney disease and its risk factors. NKF will provide participating organizations with a standard care package and other tools to make it easy to maximize your impact.


Reach out to schedule your Drive For Dialysis 

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 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 Claire Johnson at claire.johnson@kidney.org or 651.636.7300 x421 to learn more about our volunteer 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
Contact: Marsha Lindquist-Evans, MSW
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

Local Office

1970 Oakcrest Avenue
Suite 208
St. Paul, MN 55113
Phone: 651.636.7300
Toll Free: 800.596.7943
Fax: 651.636.9700

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events at this time. Please check back soon!