Jocelyn Kearl

Jocelyn Kearl

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$13.5 Billion Cost to the U.S. in 2010

The total societal economic impact of SBS/AHT that occurred in 2010 was an estimated $13.5 billion.

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≈80% Suffer Lifelong Disabilities

Upwards of 80% of surviving victims of SBS/AHT suffer lifelong disabilities.

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≈25% Die

Approximately 25% of victims of SBS/AHT die.

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≈1,300 Cases per Year in U.S.

There are approximately 1,300 reported cases of SBS/AHT in the U.S. each year.

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Leading Cause of Child Abuse Deaths in U.S.

SBS/AHT is the leading cause of physical child abuse deaths in the U.S.

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Most in Babies Less Than 6 Months Old

SBS/AHT occurs most often in babies less than 6 months old.

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Crying is the #1 Trigger

The #1 trigger for shaken baby syndrome is frustration with a baby’s crying.

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Estate Gifts

An estate gift provides significant support to the NCSBS. The gift can be made through a will or a trust, and both vehicles enable assets to be distributed to individuals and nonprofit organizations in the amounts or proportions indicated. An estate gift provides the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to make a major gift while preserving assets during life.
  • A Reduction in federal estate taxes.
  • The opportunity to designate the gift to a specific program or service of the NCSBS.
  • All assets, including cash, securities, real estate and tangible personal property, may be transferred to the NCSBS through a donor’s estate.

Estate gifts can be made in the following ways:

  • Specific Bequest: The NCSBS receives a specific dollar amount, a specific piece of property or a stated percentage of the estate. This is one of the most popular forms of bequests.
  • Residuary Bequest: The NCSBS will receive all or a stated percentage of an estate after distribution of specific bequests and payment of debts, taxes and expenses.
  • Contingent Bequest: The NCSBS will receive part or all of the estate under certain specified circumstances.
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Endowed Funds

An individual or family can create an endowed fund, which provides a permanent bond between the donor and the NCSBS. Through an endowed fund the donor transfers assets to the NCSBS, which are carefully managed and preserved in perpetuity to provide annual income. Endowed funds support programs and services of the NCSBS. There may be no finer way to honor the memory of a victim of abuse or loved one than to establish a permanent fund in his/her name. We are happy to work with donors to build an endowed fund over the years; additional gifts may be added to an endowed fund at any time. People often choose to make annual gifts to the fund or make gifts to mark a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or holiday. Creating a bequest or making a planned gift are other ways to augment an endowed fund. Donors may specify what purposes the endowed fund is to serve and how the fund is to be administered. The NCSBS carefully preserves the principal of the endowed fund (gifts and successive gifts) as an investment, while awarding some income each year for the purpose specified. A minimum of $10,000 is required to establish an endowed fund at the NCSBS.

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Life Insurance

Donors can use life insurance to make a gift to the NCSBS by naming the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. A donor receives a charitable income tax deduction based on the lesser of the policy’s fair market value or the net premiums paid. Donors may also wish to make gifts of paid-up policies, resulting in a charitable income tax deduction for the policy’s cash surrender value. An important use of life insurance is its ability to replace the value of an asset that has been given to the NCSBS. A donor can use the tax savings produced by the charitable income tax deduction to purchase and pay premiums on life insurance policies whose proceeds equal the value of the gifted property. This arrangement can serve to protect the interests of family members.