Kidneys for Communities needs your support


If you are a First Responder in need of a kidney, or someone who wishes to save the life of a first responder by donating a kidney, you have come to the right place.

What We Do

Kidneys for Communities was built upon the power of community.

Our unique community-directed kidney donation model amplifies affinity, identification and connections within a community to increase the number of living kidney donors, thus saving lives within a community.

Leverage the Power of a Community
We work with first responders and supporting communities to raise awareness of kidney disease, promote stories of kidney patients and the need for organ donation to save lives within the first responder community.

First Responder Patient Support
We help first responder patients share their stories through a best-in-class online platform and social media with their communities and provide them with resources, best practices, and donor campaign support to find a kidney donor.

Provide Assistance to Donors
Our world’s first altruistic kidney donor forum, Living Donor Connections, provides support and inspiration to people who are considering donating a kidney to a first responder. We also extend a pledge of a future kidney and financial benefits to support various costs that donors may incur.


All at No Cost

Our program is FREE to all participants.

Receive Support from Our First Responder and Healthcare Altruistic Kidney Donors

Expand Your Legacy – Become a Living Kidney Donor

Kidneys for Communities is proud to announce our collaboration with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and The Knox Company to support our firefighting heroes and their families in need of a living kidney transplant. Through the NFFF and the Knox Company’s “Expand Your Legacy” campaign and our “Kidneys for First Responders” initiative we will provide a clear pathway for both those in need of a kidney and individuals wanting to support someone within the firefighter community.

Officer Quinones' Story

Kidneys for First Responders teams up with the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York to save the life of a New York City police officer

After more than four years of waiting, the kindness of a stranger who wanted to donate to a police officer led to New York City Police Officer Melissa Quinones’ successful kidney transplant. Today, Officer Quinones is back to serving her New York City community.

Officer Quinones is the first police officer to receive a living kidney donation through the Kidneys for First Responders program. Working with an altruistic donor who wanted to commit their kidney donation to support a police officer in the United States, Kidneys for Communities initiated its community-directed model and teamed up with the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York and the New York City Police Department to coordinate Officer Quinones’ living kidney transplant.

“I might never know the donor, but their appreciation of my commitment to serve is a beacon of hope empowering me to do even more to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Officer Quinones. 

Watch this CBS News/New York interview with Officer Quinones and Kidneys for Communities’ CEO Atul Agnihotri.

Kidneys for Communities Donor Benefits

Donating a kidney is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling acts someone can do.

Based on statistics from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately 11,000 first responders suffer from End Stage Kidney Disease with many of them in need of a kidney transplant. Please consider becoming a living kidney donor to save the life of a first responder.

Kidneys for Communities can help you through the process to help save a life, but we know there are many obstacles that can be prohibitive to the donor. At Kidneys for Communities, we take care of our donors with the industry’s most complete donor benefits package:

Onboarding and education

Personalized guidance through the donation process


Cost reimbursements:

Travel, food & lodging, lost wages, child, pet and adult care

Future Kidney Pledge for donor and family

No cost

Commitment of a kidney for a patient in the community


One Donation Can Save Many Lives

By leveraging the exponential power of paired kidney exchanges we help the patient receive a matching kidney while saving the lives of more people.

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