Local Chapter Resources

Starting a Local Chapter

How do I start a new Local Chapter?

It is extremely easy! All you need is a small group of professionals willing to meet twice a year to support each other, and someone who will serve as the primary contact and chapter chair. You do not need formal by-laws, but can abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the national organization. You do not need to collect dues or pay money. National CNSW and CRN have worked hard to make the process of becoming an affiliated Chapter very easy. You only need someone willing to be chair and be willing to meet twice a year. If you would like to know more, contact your Council’s Membership Chair on the Executive Committee.

How does my Local Chapter maintain affiliation with the NKF?

Local Chapters complete an affiliation application with the National Kidney Foundation when they are chartered and then every other year following. Once affiliated, Chapter Chair contact information is added to the website and a listing in the RenaLink publication so that local professionals can locate and contact Chapters in their area. Chapter Chairs are also added to the CRN or CNSW Chapter Chair listserv to share ideas and receive special announcements from the NKF office and Professional Council Executive Committees.

When is my Local Chapter’s affiliation application due?

The affiliation application is completed online each fall, and is typically open from August to October.

What NKF resources are available to me locally?

Each NKF Division or Affiliate office is unique, both structurally and specific to the area it serves. NKF encourages Local Chapters and NKF offices to participate in cooperative activities in education, communication and fundraising to the extent their financial and human resources allow. Contact your local NKF office or the NKF Professional Membership Director at the headquarters office to see how you can partner.

To find an NKF Division or Affiliate office in your area, and to see how some Local Chapters are currently partnering with their local NKF office, visit Best Practices.