The partnership with affiliates: our stories.
ABSTRACT The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) began as a grass roots federation of affiliates. In the 1950s, there were five original affiliates: Illinois, Michigan New York/New Jersey, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Twenty-two affiliates developed in the 1960s and 12 more in the 1970s; the 1980s and 1990s brought changing affiliate configurations. After 50 years of progress, there are 52 affiliates in the NKF. As the national organization has grown, evolved, and prospered, each affiliate has also grown in unique and individual directions. Each affiliate has its own important history; unfortunately, space limitations preclude recounting all of them. Instead, we offer a limited collection of diverse anecdotes, stories, and vignettes from our affiliates. We hope that these reflect the richness and diversity of the ongoing histories of the affiliates of the NKF.