Fundraising for Kidney Transplant Recipients

Kidney failure, also called end-stage kidney disease or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), can vary from person to person, from the cause of the disease to the level of energy you have through the course of it. The one consistent aspect of ESRD is that it is very expensive.

Medical insurance covers a large portion of the costs associated with both dialysis and transplant, but often does not cover the cost of travel or other related expenses. A transplant will come with lifelong care and costs. If you don’t have the funds to cover these costs, you have options.

The National Foundation for Transplants allows transplant patients and those who have been approved for transplant to set up a personal fundraising account under their 501(c)(3). This donor account is earmarked for your transplant-related medical expenses. The money raised under your account is available to you for the duration of your life. When money is donated to you under this account, it is tax deductible for the donor and will not count against you if you receive assistance from the state through the Medicaid program.

To learn more about starting your fundraising account, visit the National Foundation for Transplants at