Our Focus



Dear Donors and Supporters:

In 2018, we announced the launch of the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation (the Foundation), with a commitment to raising awareness of and decreasing the risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD).

We have spent several months getting a better understanding of the many opportunities available to provide support across the CKD community to ensure that we found the best initiatives and partnerships to fulfill our Foundation’s mission. Our goal will be to focus our initial investments on making sure that everyone who needs a kidney, and is able to receive one, has the option of transplant. We will raise awareness of kidney disease and ignite the advancement of life-saving solutions through the emotional and compelling stories of patients looking for a transplant.

In addition to making investments in proven programs that educate patients and donors about transplantation, we will also support innovative, first-of-their-kind initiatives that will simplify the process of linking living donors and recipients to each other.

  • In partnership with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), we’re doubling the number of THE BIG ASK/THE BIG GIVE workshops offered to dialysis patients and their families in at-risk communities to make it easier for them to access resources they need to take action in support of their own health.
  • We are partnering with the nation’s leading organ transplant organization, Donate Life America (DLA), to bring to market innovations that will profoundly change the kidney donation process. Through the development of the first-ever home testing kit for living donors and the first national, universal living donation registry, we will create a platform that makes it easier to identify living donors and match them to patients in need.

April is Donate Life Awareness Month and you can expect to see additional developments as we begin to share this good news with industry partners and vendors about the exciting opportunities we have ahead.

We are deeply grateful to you, our initial donors, whose resources helped advance this important work. Your ongoing support is essential to our success, which is why we are sharing our early 2019 plans to help you identify ways to get involved. We are excited to embark on this journey with you and are committed to keeping you informed along the way.

Thank you again for your incredible support. 

Bill Valle

Chief Executive Officer, Fresenius Medical Care North America

Board President, Fresenius Medical Care Foundation


Kim Sonnen

Board Chair, Fresenius Medical Care Foundation