FAQ’s

Is BKF an international organisation?

BKF is an Indian trust and almost all BKF supporters are Indian or of Indian origin. BKF funds are deployed in India to benefit underprivileged sections of society in need for renal replacement therapy (dialysis). Additionally, a portion of the funds are used for creating awareness of kidney disease in India and conduct camps to identify people early on before the onset of end-stage renal disease.

In that case, how does BKF raise resources?

BKF raises the valuable resources we need for our work through:

  • Individuals
  • Corporate and institutional donations

How are resources used?

We have learned that effecting long-term, sustainable change requires a holistic approach. Accomplishing this kind of change necessitates work at three levels:

  • Creating awareness of kidney disease and its prevention. Working with mulitple governmental and non governmental organizations to create increased awareness amongst the citizens of India on the causes of kidney disease and how the same can be prevented.
  • Prevention and screening camps. Conducting camps amongst high risk groups to identify potential individuals who could later progress to develop end stage kidney disease. The goal is to work on continuous monitoring of such high risk individuals to ensure that they avoid the risk of developing kidney failure
  • Providing access to low-income groups and special interest groups to high quality and subsidised dialysis. Special interest groups include women and children who today don’t get access to dialysis because its expensive and choose to opt out of dialysis that could give them a sustained quality of life over a longer period of time.

Does BKF receive government funding?

As an NGO (non-government organisation), we do not receive any direct government funding allowing us to remain independent. The government has also extended certain tax and duty exemptions to us, enabling us minimize costs

Are BKF employees paid for their work?

The full-time employees are given regular salaries. We believe that this is important to attract the professional talent we need to manage our activities (and your resources) effectively. It is important to note, however, that BKF salaries are modest in comparison with commercial organisations. BKF hires employees to run its dialysis centers, as well as manage its various other programs.

Kidney disease is a large problem. Will my small contribution make a difference?

It most certainly does. A small amount goes a long way. In fact, individuals’ contributions form almost 70 to 75% of our income. Taken together, it is these seemingly small contributions that collectively add up to a large amount needed to effect change. When everybody comes together and pitches in, no task is impossible. This COLLECTIVE ACTION has an impact and brings about change. Every individual’s contribution is important.

How does BKF cover its own costs?

BKF’s organisational costs are covered by :

  • Raising regular donation in cash or kind for infrastructure
  • Approach corporate for sustainability to cover gap in finance
  • Internal resources from the interest of corpus and endowment
  • Volunteers to work on specific skill areas in the project, software, data analytics and R&D
  • The existing admin expenses are less than 5% of donor money, with 95% going to beneficiaries

We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our ongoing need for support in the form of infrastructure, equipment, corpus funds, skills and services. It is a support of this nature that enables us to focus on our activities in the field rather than on our own viability. Each rupee saved is deployed to benefit patients dealing with CKD. Every contribution in these areas actually frees resources and enhances our capacities.