The struggles of the local chapter of the NKF are representative of national issues as well
The National Kidney Foundation of Central New York is cutting its six-person staff with retirements and layoffs because it needs to cut costs, the Syracuse newspaper the Post-Standard reports.
Marion Makhuli, chief executive officer and founder of the organization, told the newspaper that revenues have been down since 2005, when tax laws made car donations, formally its primary source of money, less attractive. Marion said the organization would stay open using volunteers.
National Kidney Foundation past struggles to support dialysis patients
The National Kidney Foundation announced in August, 2011 that it would be restructuring its staff and suspending certain programs, including providing medical alert jewelry, emergency grants, and nutritional supplements for dialysis patients. "To maximize limited resources, the National Kidney Foundation is focusing on only those programs that impact the health of the greatest number of people," read an NKF release message to its members.
It also announced in May, 2011 that it would no longer be hosting the U.S. Transplant Games. "For 20 years the NKF U.S. Transplant Games have educated the public about the life-saving power of organ donation and dramatically demonstrated that those with transplants can and do lead normal and active lives," said the NKF CEO at the time John Davis. "But the Games represent a multi-million dollar expense for the foundation that also requires a significant commitment of staff resources."
Many local NKF chapters rushed to fill the gap in programs provided to dialysis patients by asking people to donate cars to local chapters.