Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky Inc
1517 Nicholasville Rd
Ste 203
Lexington KY 40503
Contact Information
Nonprofit Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky Inc
Address 1517 Nicholasville Rd
Ste 203
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone (859) 277-8259
Fax 859 277-2229
Contact Name Chelsey Keesy
Web and Social Media
Leading the way to healthier KY kidneys
At A Glance
Former Names
Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer KHAKY accepts donations of time, talent, and resources.  Donations can be made online or through the mail to our office. We can also accept credit card donations over the phone.  Donations of time and talents are always welcomed.  To find a place or time that works best, contact KHAKY through our website or at our office by phone or email.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement KHAKY serves kidney disease patients and their families, increases awareness and early detection of chronic kidney disease, provides a network for collaboration among healthcare professionals, and promotes organ donation.
Background Statement

In September of 1971 the Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky (KFCK) was established as an affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). It was started by a small group of highly dedicated and concerned people whose goal was to encourage and assist in basic research programs and to provide services to patients with kidney disease. Educational programs were also developed to create public and professional awareness. As interest in the Foundation grew, so did the scope of its services and activities. In 1972 the Foundation incorporated under the name Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky, Inc.

As an affiliate of NKF, KFCK was assigned to 60 counties in central and eastern Kentucky. KFCK remained affiliated with NKF until October of 1986. The decision to withdraw was not easy, nor did it happen without lengthy discussion between KFCK officers and directors and NKF representatives. One of the largest advantages of this decision was the independence it provided and the ability to keep 100% of funds raised for use in programs and services in Kentucky.

In the summer of 2004 KFCK was faced with the challenge of relocating. Thanks in part to several successful years of charitable gaming KFCK was able to purchase a condominium in a doctors park near the University of Kentucky. Around this same time KFCK developed a new logo and website.

In the fall of 2006, KFCK began to rethink its place in the community. Over the years the organization had become increasingly patient and community focused. Though not affiliated with NKF for 20 years, the name of the organization still reflected this affiliation. This led to confusion in the broader community as well as with those who worked with KFCK on a regular basis. After careful consideration the conclusion was made that this name did not effectively communicate the mission or scope of the organization. The organization is not a foundation that funds other groups or research and does not serve exclusively central Kentucky. In an attempt to more clearly distinguish the organization in January of 2007, the board agreed to change the name to Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky (KHAKY).

KHAKY is a volunteer organization with only one paid staff member. One hundred percent of the money we raise remains in Kentucky to fund programs and services that directly affect our patients and communities.

Impact Statement

KHAKY’s first priority continues to be serving patients with kidney disease in Kentucky. Working with more than 40 dialysis clinics with patients in over 70 counties, KHAKY provides nutritional supplements and financial assistance to patients. Over 100 cases of dietary supplements and vitamins are provided each month with 23% of the participants qualified to receive $10 per month in free product.

KHAKY offers free kidney health screenings at health and wellness events across the state to an average of 600+ individuals each year.  Through a collaborative program with the Donate Life KY Coalition, “Life Is Cool” is presented to fourth and fifth grade students in school districts across the commonwealth. The program includes 10 stations, each teaching about a different organ/tissue that can be donated to save lives. Emphasis on healthy life choices helps students understand the importance of taking care of our bodies.
A Living Donor emphasis is currently under development to help educate and encourage living kidney donors. KHAKY also hosts an annual Renal Conference with physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians and patient care technicians receiving continuing education credit. KHAKY is the parent organization for the Kentucky Renal Dietitians and the Kentucky Renal Social Workers.

Needs Statement
KHAKY's patient service programs continue to grow. The addition of renal vitamins and a phosphorus binder has expanded both the popularity of our program and the cost - most patients receiving the vitamins qualify for the $10 assistance. More funds are constantly needed to meet the needs of the dialysis patients.
The kidney health screenings are beginning to be more popular and requests for these screenings have been increasing steadily.  Supplies for each individual screening cost nearly $5.00 With the number of requests for screenings and the travel costs of reaching more areas in the state increasing, this cost will be a significant area for increased funding needs.
While volunteers make what KHAKY does possible through their generous donations of time and talent, the need to add a permanent part-time assistant is becoming ever more apparent to ensure consistent outcome measurements for our grant support and activity tracking and scheduling for our screenings and other activities. Utilization of internships from UK and EKU have filled the need for now, but cash reserves need to be built to provide the security required to make an additional employment commitment.
Continuing to explore possible screening events, expand patient support and develop a program to increase living kidney donation strains operating dollars and the need for developing new revenue generating activities. Every decision is made possible or limited by the resources available.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Kentucky ranks in the top 10 states for the incidence of chronic kidney disease. While it is good that we are now identifying the disease in time to prepare the patient for dialysis - or eventual transplantation if possible - the fact that kidney disease is being identified so late in the progression of the disease means that many kidneys that could have been saved or at least kept functioning longer are not being identified in time.

KHAKY is committed to not only serving those who already face the challenges of kidney disease, but to actively support the early diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease to save kidneys! This combines raising awareness of the disease and its major risk factors - diabetes and high blood pressure - with screening for early signs of kidney distress and encouraging primary care physicians and those in the renal healthcare area to more aggressively intervene in the progression of the disease.

KHAKY is working on all those fronts to lead the way to healthier Kentucky kidneys.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Primary & Elementary Schools
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Geographic Areas Served
KHAKY currently serves the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky with patient services and screenings. Our affiliation with the Kentucky Renal Dietitans and the Kentucky Renal Social Workers has succeeded in taking KHAKY's reach from Pikeville to Paducah..  
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. KHAKY is committed to serving patients with kidney disease and providing protein supplements and renal specific vitamins to help them maintain better overall health and avoid frequent complications and hospitalizations. KHAKY's ultimate goal, aside from its commitment to help patients on dialysis, is to slow the incidence of kidney disease state wide through education and slow the progression of kidney disease to dialysis or transplantation through early detection. With more than 700 kidney disease patients awaiting a transplant, KHAKY is working to increase access to and information about living kidney donation to increase the number of transplanted kidneys and thereby reduce the number of those on dialysis.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? KHAKY provides nutritional supplements at wholesale cost to any dialysis patient in Kentucky through their renal dietitian. Those patients who qualify financially can receive up to $10/month additional discount on their purchases or free renal vitamins (3 month supply) or protein powder each month. This removes or decreases the financial challenge that limits access to those needed supplements. By partnering with health departments, hospitals, civic groups and churches that are already organizing and promoting their health and wellness event, KHAKY is able to add value to those events with a free kidney health screening. The kidney screening program continues to identify kidney distress and possible indicators of kidney disease in patients who had no idea their kidneys needed any attention. This early detection and subsequent intervention can slow and in some cases stop the progression of the disease.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? KHAKY continues to expand its financial capacity through a more formal and intentional focus on attracting and retaining "Alliance" members who share KHAKY's passion and concern about kidney disease and serving the communities that already face it or are at risk for it. A renewing contract of support is being developed for all donor levels. Additionally, grants are written specifically to support the Nutritional Supplement and Kidney Screening programs as well as general operating support grants.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? KHAKY does annual surveys with patients currently participating in KHAKY programs to ensure the value and impact of those programs justifies the cost (both in dollars and in volunteer and staff hours). Kidney screening participants are contacted to discover if they followed up on any abnormal results and if so, what action was taken by their physician. We hope this information will reveal the screenings are successful in identifying CKD in the early stages and that intervention will be taken to slow or stop the disease.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? True progress in the fight against kidney disease is a long term perspective. Decreases in patients progressing to dialysis or the need for a kidney transplant is our goal. That outcome is also contingent on many factors outside of KHAKY's control and we anticipate the progress toward that end will be slow. But we expect progress.
Board Chair
Board Chair Don Hill
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2016 to June 2022
Board Members
Dr. Mary BellRetired PhysicianVoting
Alethea BernardCommunity Action CouncilVoting
Myron BlairRetiredVoting
Wendy DixieKSUVoting
Darryl DunhamLexmarkVoting
Leigh Ann FitzpatrickUKVoting
Ashleigh FlaneryComfortable LivingVoting
Lois Hill RDDCI, Inc.Voting
Don HillRetiredVoting
Mike LutzRetiredVoting
Carol MattinglyJewish Hospital TransplantVoting
Erica PorterDavitaVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Wendy Dixie
Company Affiliation Kentucky State University
Term July 2018 to June 2019
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Chelsey Keesy
Term Start July 2019
Chelsey began as the Executive Director at the Kidney Health Alliance in July 2019. Her background was in the nonprofit sector, working in volunteer, program and grant management. Her most recent position was the Development Director at Radio Eye, raising grant funds and online giving challenge dollars significantly. 
She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Psychology.  
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 164
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Pat HamJan 2004 - June 2019
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments KHAKY is licensed by CLIA to perform urinalysis for kidney screenings and other exempt laboratory evaluations.
Nearly 400 dialysis patients receive a variety of nutritional supplements through KHAKY each year.  Renal dietitians select a product that will meet the patient's needs and that the patient will enjoy taking.  The dietitian places orders each month for the patients at the clinics they serve.  Through negotiated contracts with manufacturers, KHAKY is able to provide the products at significantly reduced prices.  Those patients who qualify financially can receive up to $10/month discount or select products at no cost.  Nutritional intervention has been clinically proven to reduce hospitalizations, speed healing and improve the overall health of dialysis patients. 
Budget 34000
Population Served Adults
Program Short Term Success
This program has been instrumental in several patients who have used the supplements to improve their ability to tolerate dialysis, stabilize their general health and become eligible for transplant as a result.  While not all dialysis patients are transplant candidates, this is a wonderful benefit for those who are.
Program Long term Success
This program has been in place for more than 10 years.  During that time the emphasis on nutritional intervention has increased due to studies that continue to report the importance of that intervention for dialysis patients in particular and kidney disease patients in general.  Clinics continue to emphasize this as part of their treatment protocal which has increased the interest and participation in KHAKY's program.
Program Success Monitored By
At least quarterly meetings with participating dietitians help ensure the effectiveness of this program.  Periodic evaluations of the formulary offered are also done to evaluate new products that might be added.
Emergency financial assistance is provided to kidney disease patients in crisis.  Renal social workers can request assistance for housing, transportation or prescription medication costs.  Patients can receive up to $200/year in total assistance.
Budget 10000
Population Served Adults
Program Short Term Success
While transition to dialysis is a financial challenge for most patients, living on a fixed and limited income is an ongoing challenge.  KHAKY is the only kidney focused organization in Kentucky that provides financial assistance specifically for kidney disease patients in crisis.  Ensuring that patients meet unexpected increases in utility costs, have access to transportation to and from dialysis until permanent solutions can be found, and be able to get the presecription medications they need by covering co-pays or helping in the Medicare D donut hole, is critical to helping the kidney disease patient survive the challenges of this disease.
Program Long term Success
Helping patients through financial crisis helps reduce stress and assure the patients there are those who care and want to help.  The long term benefit for that is not measurable, but is a real benefit to those in need.
Program Success Monitored By
Annual evaluations of requests continues to show a need for more funds directed to this area.  Some requests must be refused simply due to lack of available funds.  The evaluations also indicate the need to increase the annual limit for assistance.  Again, however, availability of funds becomes the limiting factor.
Chronic kidney disease is a silent disease that progresses undetected for years.  Patients may have no symptoms until as much as 90% of kidney function has been lost.  A kidney specific urinalysis can detect many of the indicators of possible kidney disease as early as Stage 1.  By detecting the disease early, the progress of the disease can be slowed and in some cases stopped entirely.  With the increase in kidney disease and patients on dialysis, it makes sense to provide screenings to help curb the progress of this disease.  KHAKY provides free kidney health screenings at health fairs, civic events and church events.  Employer sponsored screenings are also offered at work sites for employees at a small cost.
Budget 40000
Population Served Adults
Program Short Term Success
Within the past two years, KHAKY has screened almost 600 individuals and has referred a significant number to their physicians for follow-up. 
Program Long term Success
The projected goal for this program is to reduce the number of patients whose kidney disease progresses to the point of total kidney failure, requiring dialysis and/or a kidney transplant.
Examples of Program Success
A volunteer who helps with the kidney screenings decided to screen herself. Unexpectedly the results were concerning.  She followed up with her physician and was referred to a nephrologist.  After further testing she was diagnosed with stage 3 chronic kidney disease.  However, due to early intervention, her disease has stabilized and no further damage to her kidneys has occurred.
KHAKY provides classroom presentations to increase awareness and understanding of kidney disease and organ donation.  KHAKY also provides speakers for classrooms and club and civic events to help educate the public about the disease and the importance of early detection.  Working with other like-minded organizations, KHAKY helps present a program called "Life Is Cool" to 4th and 5th grade students to emphasize the importance of good health and organ donation.
Budget 4000
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short Term Success
Initial responses indicate that most audiences are not aware of the prevalence of kidney disease or the importance of organ donation.
Program Long term Success
KHAKY's goal is to provide increased awareness that will create patient driven interest in monitoring kidney health and dispel myths about organ donation.
Program Success Monitored By
A formal evaluation program is established for the "Life Is Cool" program.  No formal evaluation program is set for other education activities.
Examples of Program Success
Informal feedback has indicated that most audiences are surprised to learn about the prevalence of kidney disease and the fact that many physicians do not test for the disease unless other risk factors are present.  Learning about the disease has empowered these individuals to ask more questions when meeting with their own personal physician.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
KHAKY provides services to kidney disease patients.The Nutritional Supplement Program offers over 50 products. More than 300 patients participate from over 40 dialysis centers. 
One in five Kentuckians has kidney disease; almost double the national average. KHAKY helps raise awareness and promote early detection of kidney disease primarily through kidney health screenings. In the past year over 500 individuals have been screened with more than 25% of those referred for follow up evaluation.
KHAKY  works with other like minded organizations to increase effectiveness in achieving shared goals.  As a member of the Donate Life KY Coalition. KHAKY helps promote organ donation and help educate Kentucky's youth about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2011
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Community Service AwardBlue Grass Association of Nutrition and Dietetics2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $132,250.00
Projected Expenses $132,250.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$71,151$39,330$30,032
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$108$1,800
Membership Dues$540$440$340
Special Events--$41,236$32,506
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense--$82,952$81,273
Administration Expense--$9,226$7,432
Fundraising Expense$40,567$6,017$4,616
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.960.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%84%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$91,954$89,514$95,412
Current Assets$30,670$23,951$20,988
Long-Term Liabilities$2,282$2,543--
Current Liabilities----$4,670
Total Net Assets$89,672$86,971$90,742
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments While maintaining a tight budget, KHAKY continues to explore additional revenue sources to allow expansion of programming and staff support.  Expansion of the Walks with Sidney to other cities across the state has been somewhat successful in both increasing awareness of KHAKY and funds to underwrite programs. Partnerships with like-minded organizations have provided additional support and a foundation for other fundraising efforts.
Foundation Staff Comments
This organization files the 990EZ, which does not break down expenses between programs, administration and fundraising.  
Address 1517 Nicholasville Rd
Ste 203
Lexington, KY 40503
Primary Phone 859 277-8259
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Chelsey Keesy
Board Chair Don Hill
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired