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Young Family of Provo, Utah Donates Car to Kidney Kars

    March 26th, 2015

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March 26, 2015

In 2003 Yu Young was a bright eyed, sweet tempered and darling high school Junior when she came to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Provo office as an intern. For two years, after school, she answered the phone taking Kidney Cars donations, made photocopies and filed. She did everything for everyone in the office. We liked her so much, we hired her as an employee once she started school at BYU.  She worked her way through college on our megar non-profit hourly wage while making a substantive and meaningful addition to the staff. She was so good and helpful on the phone, she was helpful and kind in the office, and when she graduated BYU I thought my heart might stop. We had not only come to rely on her, but more, she was our friend.

Two days ago, while downloading the Kidney Kars donations, I noticed a car donated from the Young familiy in Provo that included a cheeky little note in the ‘donor comments section.’ It was from Yu.  She had helped her mom and dad donate their car online at www.towKars.org  I was so touched.

Yu went on to become one of first Chinese Immersion teachers in the Salt Lake City School District and is now the director of all language immersion programs.

I miss her here and I am so grateful that even though she’s gone on to much bigger things, she would, in some small and very meaningful way, remember us! Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Young for giving us Yu and for donating your car to Kidney Kars of Utah!

World Kidney Day

    March 5th, 2015

 

deen orrin linda garyWere you aware that Wonder Woman Loves Kidneys?  Linda Carter was a spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho, along with Senator Orrin Hatch, and actor Gary Coleman (who passed away in Payson, Utah in 2010).

In honor of March is Kidney Month and World Kidney Day (not to mention your viewing pleasure) see Wonder Woman Linda Carter take on the bad guys (two criminals obviously representing High Blood Pressure and Diabetes) and then tossing them to the dirt: <div id=”fb-root”></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1″; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class=”fb-post” data-href=”https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153013266574695″ data-width=”466″><div class=”fb-xfbml-parse-ignore”><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153013266574695″>Post</a> by <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/TonyHawk”>Tony Hawk</a>.</div></div>

LOVE YOUR KIDNEYS!

Doing Taxes, Getting Tax Deductions, Donating a Car to Kidney Kars

    February 20th, 2015

I have known Jason T. Jones since 1999 when he showed up with his resume.  I was looking for an assistant to relieve me for a 3 week maternity leave. He was a bright, smart BYU Marriott School of Management student getting his Masters of Accountancy with an emphasis in Information Systems Technologies (at the time, the  most up and coming new branch of business studies ). I was having baby #2 and he was in his 2nd year. The week before I took off we spent days discussing the National Kidney Foundation of Utah’s need to take the Kidney Kars data base out of Word Perfect & Excel Spreadsheets (yep, I said it) to MS Access. We discussed the processes by which we accepted donations, made invoices, did accounting, sent out tax receipts etc. I had invented a system which worked very well, but coming into 1999 my archaic system was quickly antiquated and ineffective as we were reaching over 5,000 Kidney Cars donations a year. Jason was a thousand times convincing that he was not only the man for the job — but very enthusiastic that I would be pleased with the outcome up on my return.

So off I went to have my strapping man child June 1999 (you should see that 16 year old now, that kid is a serious looker and a straight A student). In the meantime, Jason called his ‘genius’ younger brother (a then 15 year old brother Chris Jones, still in high school living at home in Portland, OR) to consult regarding queries, union queries, tables, forms, macros and modules. At that time, 15 year old Chris had just finished writing a data analysis software called “Cup Find” which analyzed companies data from the S&P 500 and the NASDQ for the past 50 years.  Cup Find was to be used to find the bottom of the curve by inputting company information so as to “buy low.” As I understand it, Chris still sells 1-2 units of the software a month still to this day.

When I returned from maternity leave, I was welcomed by a bright eyed, wide smiling young man thrilled to his core to discuss the database he had built, managed, organized and created on behalf of the Kidney Kar program. I have never to this day, EVER, EVER, EVER seen anyone more excited about numbers, logistics or data management.  NEVER.  and I have worked with a ton of CPA’s, tax attorneys and database people.  No one loves order, logic and data more than Jason.  I am convinced.

After Jason graduated we went on to have many other business interns–including his younger brother Chris when he too showed up at the BYU Marriott School of Management to get his Masters of Accountancy.  It was there Chris met his wife Brittany, also an account (did I mention how much these people love numbers, math, and order?).

I love these people with all my heart.  They have been the brains behind the business since 1999.  We continue to manage the Kidney Kars program on the original database making tweaks here and there, integrating an internet donation service that interfaced www.towKars.org with the database back in 2002 (Long before anyone else was taking car donations online) and integrating Google AdWords  into our advertising strategies when Google gave us a $10,000 grant (before we realized our horrible competition serving fake charities across the nation would overtake us on AdWords by budgets exceeding $15,000 a month).  Poor us, we’ll never compete with businesses, the mafia or those mentioned in the Subpoena from the Attorney General of the State of New York.  Alas.

Today Jason has worked for almost all of the ‘Big 5′ accounting firms. When one of them sent him to India to teach the people of India how to prepare American taxes, he started his own accountancy firm.   He and his wife Rebecca have like 6 or 10 kids.  I lost count at 2. He is a patient dedicated father and still an amazing accountant mostly doing corporate, the Kidney Foundation and my entire family’s tax returns. Amazingly he still finds time to do the yearly preparing of the year end IRS 1098-C’s for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars program donors.  Because Jason knows that people *YEARN* for their IRS 1098-C tax deductions as much as they *yearn* for free towing.

Chris Jones (the prodigy younger brother) also went on to work for some of the ‘Big 5′ and is to this day our ongoing database/website/IT consultant. Chris and Brittany travel the globe and have 2 beautiful babies– one of whom is named after me.  Ok, almost named after me.

The BYU Marriott School of Management has given us some of the finest, most diligent, competent, professional, dedicated interns in the history of interns (Hi Michael Broeberg).

So here’s to Kidney Cars Charity Car donation in Utah & Idaho!  Free towing and tax deductions for everyone!

Kidney Kars donor thanks National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho

    January 22nd, 2015

Thank you so much for our tax receipt. Kidney Kars (the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho) was a very good charity to donate our car to. I appreciate your fine and speedy donation system! My husband really missed his 22 year old car at first. But has now adjusted to our new car very well!

Janet L.
(Kidney Kars donation: 1993 Plymouth Acclaim)

Donate your car to Kidney Kars before December 31st for a great 2014 tax deduction!

    December 15th, 2014

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Give yourself a tax deduction this Christmas for donating your car to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars program. Donating to www.towKars.org before December 31st will get you a great 2014 tax deduction; towing is always free and donations benefit over 3,000 Utah & Idaho dialysis and kidney transplant patients, fund local medical research and free kidney screenings.

www.towKars.org or call (801) 226-5111 9-5/M-F

Kidney Kars does 20 videos for “charity car donations” for e-How

    December 4th, 2014

ehowRemember in 2009, when e-How asked us to do around 20 videos for charity car donation programs and explain the tax benefits and how to donate?  http://www.ehow.com/video_4951528_donate-car-kidney-foundation.html

A  local Utah videographer called us one morning and asked if the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars program would do about 20 of the selected “Charity Car Donation” topics he’d pulled off the wire. He allowed us to do two that were specific to the Kidney Kars (Utah and Idaho www.towkars.org) and also for the National Kidney Cars program.

It’s 2014 and we are still going strong.  Utah and Idaho has been very generous to Kidney Kars and we continue to receive about 5,000 Kidney Kars donations a year.  If you want to make your car a Kidney Kar, a car that saves lives call us at (801) 226-5111 or go online www.towkars.org  Towing is always free, and Kidney Kars donations make great tax deductions!

 

‘Tis the Season to make your car a Kidney Kar at www.towKars.org

    December 4th, 2014

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It really is December. It’s that time of year again.  If you’re smart, instead of spending a ton of money this month consider saving a lot of money this month on you taxes by donating your car to the Kidney Kars program (National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho).
When you donate locally in Utah & Idaho you get a better tax deduction, free towing and the donation stays in our state to benefit local kidney dialysis and transplant patients.

So keep your Kidney Kars donation local and donate online at www.towkars.org or call us at 1-800-tow-Kars.

Kirton McConkie Celebrates 50 years and Kidney Kars Donation!

    October 30th, 2014

Kirton Mcconkie Celebrates 50th AnniversaryLast Night we were invited to Kirton McConkie’s 50th Birthday/Anniversary.  Since 1991 the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho and the Kidney Kars program has been on the receiving end of many of KMC Law’s charitable donations, use of their facilities for board meetings, and pro-bono (tax, trademark/copywright, contract writing work).  They’ve even sent a litigator to small claims to help us address an abuse of process claim brought to the foundation by a local towing company in 2004.   Kirton McConkie’s past President, the late Graham Dodd, Esq. was also the president of the NKF of U & I’s Board of  Directors for the 3 years prior to his untimely passing.  I personally loved Graham for his orange and green checkered wool golf knickers and the title ESQ. which he wore without the slightest irony, because that gentleman was the real deal.  We were very lucky to have his guidance and presence for so many years as we were becoming established as one of Utahs most recognizable non-profit organizations.

So yesterday, I arrived at the 4th floor of the Kirton McConkie building ready to mix and mingle. The name tags were laid out on the welcome table and featured a hit list of Utah’s most powerful, smartest, most philanthropic people.  I was very lucky to get Pamela Atkinson all to myself for a minute.  She’s clearly one of Utah’s foremost philanthropists and the woman for whom several Utah clinics for the less fortunate are rightfully named in her honor.   When I introduced myself, and she looked at my name tag she said “Oh yes, I know you ‘ www.towKars.org ‘Kidney Kars’ with a K like kidney. You’re quite well known.”  As Director of the Kidney Kars donation program since 1991, as a marketer and a human– I was really, truly flattered.  Whilst Ms. Atkinson administered the Intermountain Health Care Foundation grants, the Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho was fortunate enough to receive several grants.  Those substantive funding helped us fund Youth Transplant Kamp, our Kidney Patient Financial Aid services,  start what is now known as KARE (Kidney Assessment Renal Evaluation) which are free community kidney screenings for Utahns at highest risk of kidney failure.

I was able to visit our board members Jason Beutler (the fine young litigator fresh out of UC Berkeley Law school sent by KMC Law to save us in a ridiculous small claims proceedings) and who is now a trusted NKF U & I board member and friend; as well as Doug  Wright (KSL Newradio) also a board member and friend.  The view from the KMC Law firm building is beautiful, the catering was magnificent, and the signature Kirton McConkie mocktail ‘cosmo’ and celebratory cookies  were yummy.  But most of all, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the association and support of such an upstanding firm and to be surrounded by men of integrity and charity.  We are very grateful Kirton McConkie Law is celebrating 50 years in Utah!  They are truly some Utah’s finest .

Wonder who is winning the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho Kidney Kars donation battle?

    October 22nd, 2014
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Coaches Billboard

I put a Kyle Whittingham, University of Utah Kidney Kars Donation Ad up the day before their homecoming and got 106 Facebook ‘likes.’ They won their game and continue in their winning streak. However, someone wrote “You Suck” in the comments. We got 17 Kidney Kars car donations from Utah within 3 days of the posting. Then we put up a Bronco Mendenhall ad 2 days before BYU’s homecoming game. Bronco, got 117 Facebook ‘likes.’ and someone wrote “Love and Respect” Bronco!’ in the comments. BYU lost their game (continuing their losing streak). We only received 9 donations after we ran that ad. So to conclude: People donate more Kidney Kars to the winning U of U coach, but there is more loyalty and respect for BYU. No matter, win or lose Kidney Kars still provides free towing, and a tax deduction to Utah & Idaho car donations! If you want to donate your old car for a tax deduction, call us M-F/9-5 at (801) 226-5111 or visit www.towKars.org
Utah Men or Cougars welcome! Either will get you a great tax deduction, free towing, and will help over 3,000 Utah & Idaho Kidney Dialysis and Transplant patients with services that save lives and lighten the burden for those in need. Make your car donation a Kidney Kar! www.towKars.org!

A new start for Utah & Idaho Kidney Kars Donations (and Tax Deductions!)

    September 26th, 2014

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On July 25, important bipartisan legislation was introduced by two

dozen members of the House Ways & Means Committee, which
oversees the federal tax code and the rules governing charitable
giving. The new bill would fix a problem — created inadvertently
by an otherwise commendable package of 2004 reforms — that
has caused a sharp decline in vehicle donations.
The current issue is one of transparency, or lack thereof. For a donated vehicle
worth more than $500, there is no way for a prospective donor to know the tax
consequences of the gift in advance. Every other method of vehicle disposal
has some certainty upfront, which has discouraged donation as a viable option.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, vehicle donations nationally have
dropped by 80% since the 2004 changes.  H.R. 4960, also known as the Charitable Automobile Red-Tape Simplification
(CARS) Act, would restore the timing of vehicle valuation to the beginning of the donation process, ensuring the donor can make an informed decision. This change would help charities across the country improve the volume and value
of items received through their vehicle donation program. The CARS Act would still allow a deduction for the fair market value of vehicles worth up to $500 and certified appraisal over the $5,000 threshold. Between those amounts, the valuation would be determined by an authorized online service (such as Kelley Blue Book), with the charity verifying through
an inspection of the vehicle’s physical condition. That would yield certainty for the donor while preserving the important tracking and enforcement objectives of the 2004 reforms. As of September 1, the coalition working to push this bill through Congress had secured 135 cosponsors, including 28 bipartisan members of the congressional tax committee. In the meantime, you can visit www.restorecardonations.org for more information. You can also join the many other charities working together with our informal coalition to enact this legislation by emailing us at info@restorecardonations.org.