Local Chapter Resources

How to Start a New Local Chapter

It is super easy!

  1. Confirm a local chapter does not already exist in your area.
  2. Form a small group of professionals (aim for 10) willing to meet at least twice a year.
  3. Find someone to serve as Chair.
  4. Review CNSW or CRN bylaws.
  5. Apply to be affiliated to the National Kidney Foundation.

Standards for Local Chapters

Affiliated local chapters agree to adhere to the following standards:

  1. Meet no less than two (2) times per year (example: conference calls, networking events, CEU events, etc.)
  2. Work with NKF HQ or a local NKF office in the management of all finances.
  3. Work directly with the National NKF CE office, and abide by NKF’s CE policies in the planning and implementation of any CE-accredited programs.
  4. Work with NKF to enter into any contracts with vendors or sponsors.
  5. Adhere to NKF’s use of logos and branding policies.
  6. Collaborate with NKF local office(s) to develop, promote, and execute local patient and professional programming.
  7. Promote National NKF Membership among local chapter members.
  8. Positively represent the National Kidney Foundation and the National Councils.
  9. Adhere to all National CNSW Rules and Regulations or National CRN Rules and Regulations

Check out our Policies & Best Practices for more detail.

How to Maintain Chapter Status

Affiliation lasts for two (2) years. Then you must re-apply to maintain active status.

  • CRN local chapters affiliate on the even year.
  • CNSW local chapters affiliate on the odd year.

The application is due in the fall of the affiliation year.

Once affiliated, we'll add the Chapter Chair contact information to the NKF Chapter Chair page so that local professionals can find you.

If you would like to know more, contact your Council’s Membership Chair on the Executive Committee, or talk to a membership representative at NKF.