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by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | December 16, 2016
Business Affairs
From the December 2016 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

American Kidney Fund. High-rated Charity, Consumer Reports — The American Kidney Fund is the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 31 million Americans with kidney disease. Their mission is to help people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives. They fulfill that mission by providing a complete spectrum of programs and services, including: prevention activities; top-rated health educational resources; and direct financial assistance enabling one in five U.S. dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation. http://www.kidneyfund.org/about-us/

Americares. Ranked #5 on Ten Best Charities, Charity Navigator — Since its founding in 1979, Americares has delivered more than $12 billion in quality medical aid and innovative health programs to 164 countries, including the U.S. Their programs include global and domestic access to medicine and medical services. According to Americares, the group is “the largest provider of medical aid to the U.S. health care safety net.” http://www.americares.org/

Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
High-rated Charity, Consumer Reports — The mission of the BCRF is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Breast cancer has no boundaries. It is the leading cause of cancer death in the world’s poorest countries and the second-leading cause of cancer death in American women. The developing world is experiencing higher mortality rates than ever before due to a lack of screening and access to treatment. The group also works to right disparities in the U.S., such as social and economic factors that create barriers to proper diagnosis and care. https://www.bcrfcure.org/

Catholic Medical Mission Board. Ranked #6 on Ten Best Charities, Charity Navigator
— Improving the health of women and children in disadvantaged communities through its Helping Heal, Capacity Building and Maternal and Child Health Services programs. https://cmmb.org/

Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Meets Standard, CRC — The group’s mission is to cure childhood cancer by investing in the most effective research, collaborating with the most talented minds, inspiring and educating advocates worldwide to take action and supporting families. http://www.childrenscancer.org/

Direct Relief. Ranked #1 on Ten Best Charities, Charity Navigator — Humanitarian medical relief, supplies and grants. Direct Relief’s medical assistance programs equip health professionals working in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of diagnosing, treating and caring for people without regard to politics, religion, gender, race or ability to pay. https://www.directrelief.org/focus/

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