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Thank you for participating in the National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic at on September 14, 2018 at Greystone Golf Course!

Since the first NKF Golf Classic in 1987, more than 250,000 golfers have raised over $93 million to help NKF provide early detection screenings, education, advocacy and research to support the 73 million Americans – 1 in 3 adults – who are at risk for kidney disease.

To help put this into perspective, at least one person in your foursome is at risk. Thanks to your support, we are able to work to lower this number. Congratulations to the top finishers from this year’s NKF Golf Classic! We hope you continue your success when you make the journey to the National Finals at the Pebble Beach Resorts. Qualifying teams will compete against over 50 teams from across the nation for a National Title.

P.S. Don’t forget you may be able to match the tax-deductible gifts through your employer. Click here to find out and access your company’s matching gift forms.

Check out some photos from our event!

Think Globally – ACT Locally! Volunteer with NKF Today!

National & Local Volunteer Opportunities!

Become an NKF Peer Mentor
Eligibility: CKD Stage 4, Dialysis, Transplant, Living Donor
Not eligible: Family member, care partner, parent, children under 18
Online application:
NKF Peers contact:

Kidney Advocate
Eligibility: anyone!
Online sign up:

Kidney Advocacy Committee Member
Eligibility: Kidney patient (any stage), living donor, family members.  Must be an exceptional volunteer who is interested in advocacy, pubic speaking, research, education, etc. Online application:

Writer/Wants to share story
Eligibility: anyone with a kidney connection/compelling story
Send writing sample or story idea to

Seeking local volunteer opportunities in Maryland & Delaware? Visit our local volunteer opportunities, click here!

Make a Difference through Your Workplace Giving Program

Workplace Giving

workplacegiving1Make your gift go even further! 15,000 U.S. companies Match Gifts…Does Yours?

Many companies will match gifts employees make to nonprofit organizations, including for volunteer hours served. Some even match gifts made by retirees and spouses of employees.

Find out if your employer or other companies will match your gift to the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware. Ask your Human Resources department if they match gifts to see if you can make your gift to National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware go even further.

For more information about the Matching Gifts & Workplace Giving, contact Pattie Dash at

If you prefer to give to the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware through The United Way or Community Health Charities, the codes are:

8029 – United Way
85803 – Community Health Charities


Your Kidneys & You Program

The National Kidney Foundation’s Your Kidneys & You program was developed to raise awareness among the general public and individuals at risk for kidney disease by
educating them about kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and what can be done to protect kidneys.

Your Kidneys & You is a volunteer-led presentation on kidneys, risk factors and
preventative action steps, with a focus on where to turn for more information.
Volunteers are trained by NKF local offices to deliver this presentation to the general public, corporate audiences and at-risk populations.

You may request a Your Kidneys & You presentation for your workplace, civic organization, school, club or place of worship by contacting Jessica Quintilian at 410.494.8545.

If you are interested in volunteering to provide Your Kidneys & You presentations, please contact Jessica Quintilian at 410.494.8545 to
arrange a training session.


Supporting the NKF Golf Classic Makes a Difference – Won’t You Help?

Who said that one or FOUR in this case can’t make a difference? Your support of our local Konica Minolta Golf Classic will help thousands of patients who are in need of support for things that we take for granted! Things like funds for transportation to and from dialysis three times a week, groceries, medical supplies and equipment, rent or utility relief.

Jackson, age 43, said, “I never thought that I would be in this situation. I have three young children and I now can’t work because I am in end-stage renal failure and need a kidney transplant to survive! My family needs me, I need to return to work, without the support of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware I would not have been able to pay for my utilities this month!”

Register your team today! YOU can make a difference!

Santé in the Sand – Delaware


Please check back – this event has been postponed until Spring 2019!

Santé will feature delicious creations from Delaware’s best restaurants, caterers, and chefs, paired with enticing beverages.
Adding to the fun will be the People’s Choice competition, along with entertainment, raffles, and a silent auction.

WHEN:    Watch for a NEW DATE!
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center 
1 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Individual tickets are $50.00 per person

Unable to attend the event but want to support this great cause? You can make a donation by clicking the DONATE NOW
button below.



For sponsorship opportunities, click here to view all the options available.
Contact Nicole Scharf, Associate Executive Director
or 410.726.8732 for more information.


Thank you to our SPONSORS


Santé A Taste of Baltimore


With over 300 guests anticipated, this premier food and beverage event will feature delicious creations from 20 of Baltimore’s best restaurants, caterers and chefs, paired with enticing drinks. Adding to the fun will be celebrity judges, the People’s Choice competition, entertainment, raffles and a silent auction. Admission to this business causal evening is $100/person or $2,500 for a table.



WHEN:    Thursday, February 28, 2019
TIME:       6:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE:  American Visionary Art Museum
The Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd Floor
840 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230

Individual tickets are $100.00 per person.

Unable to attend the event but want to support this great cause? You can make a donation by clicking the DONATE NOW button below.



For sponsorship information, click here to view all of the opportunities. Contact Pattie Dash, Executive Director
at or 410.494.8545 for more information.


Check out the photo gallery from last years event!

Drive for Dialysis

What is Drive for Dialysis?

It is one of NKF’s new programs that allow your office to provide patients in your community with care packages to brighten their spirits and make the long hours of treatment a little more bearable.


NKF makes it easy to maximize your impact:

  • Provide materials to assemble care packages from the comfort of your office
  • Curate a program to inspire and engage employee volunteers
  • Pair your organization with a community-based dialysis clinic(s)
  • Enhance your wellness program with access to NKF resources
  • Provide custom online registration form, promotional posters to maximize staff participation


  • Demonstrate commitment to community impact
  • Reach employee engagement goals
  • Enhance brand reputation and capacity to attract new customers
  • Honor a staff member/loved one affected by kidney disease with a hands-on,team-building activity
  • Access kidney health and wellness resources.

For thousands of individuals facing kidney failure, dialysis is a lifeline. It not only extends life, but also enhances its quality by improving appetite, energy levels, and other symptoms. However, spending up to 4 hours per day, 3-4 days per week sitting in the same chair, in the same room can be mentally and physically taxing. You can help.