Jocelyn Kearl

Jocelyn Kearl

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 17:05

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.

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Qualified Retirement Plans

Making a gift of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(K), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or pension plan is another way to benefit the NCSBS and receive significant tax savings. Retirement plan assets are often subject to extremely high estate taxes, and the income is fully taxable when received by an individual beneficiary. By naming the NCSBS as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, the donor maintains complete control over the assets during his/her lifetime, but at the donor’s death the plan passes to the NCSBS free of estate taxes. When creating an estate plan, donors may wish to consider leaving his/her heirs other assets, such as cash and securities, which are not as highly taxed.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 17:04

Real Estate

Donors can make a gift of commercial or residential real estate to the NCSBS and receive substantial financial benefits. Property may be given outright to support the mission of the NCSBS, and the donor can take a charitable income tax deduction based on the appraised value of the property. Or, the donor may use a home or land that is no longer wanted or needed to fund a life income gift. Another option for a gift of real estate is a retained life estate.

Through a retained life estate, a donor makes a gift of a personal residence to the NCSBS and retains the right to live in the home for life. Making a gift of property while retaining a life estate provides the donor with a charitable income tax deduction based on the value of the property, the age of the donor and his/her life expectancy. For a gift of appreciated property, a donor may take a charitable income tax deduction for up to 30% of the donor’s adjusted gross income. The donor is responsible for maintenance costs, insurance and real estate taxes. To substantiate the value of the property, the donor must obtain an appraisal from an independent qualified appraiser. The cost of the appraisal is borne by the donor and is a miscellaneous tax deduction.

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Gifts of Closely Held Stock

Closely held corporations are corporations whose stock is owned by family members and/or by business associates. The stock is private in that it is not publicly traded and, in most cases, there are restrictions on the transfer of the stock to third parties. With an outright gift of closely held stock, the donor typically transfers the stock to the NCSBS. To determine value, the donor has the stock appraised and obtains a charitable income tax deduction equal to the appraised value of the stock. The appraisal must be conducted by an appraiser who is knowledgeable in establishing the value of closely held stock. The NCSBS then redeems the stock to the corporation or one of its trustees and receives a check for the redemption price.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 17:03

Appreciated Securities

A gift of appreciated securities such as stocks or bonds can provide attractive benefits. An outright gift of long-term appreciated securities (securities held for more than a year) avoids capital gains taxes and, in most cases, the donor may claim a charitable income tax deduction equal to the market value of the securities. For gifts of appreciated securities, a gift is fully deductible up to 30% of the donor’s adjusted gross income and, like gifts of cash, may be carried forward for five additional years.

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Cash, Check or Card

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome accepts gifts in the form Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check or cash. If you do not wish to donate online, donations can be made over the phone at (801) 447-9360 or mailed to:

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
1433 North 1075 West, Suite 110
Farmington, Utah 84025

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 16:34

2014 Denver

Fourteenth International Conference

The Fourteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma was held on September 21, 22, 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

In addition to all the other tremendous presentations, an all-new track focusing on Advanced Scientific Presentations was introduced. These two hour long sessions were an in-depth look at several fields including ophthalmology, neuroimaging, biomechanics, differential diagnosis, and pathology. Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia received an award for Outstanding Contributions in the field of SBS/AHT.

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2014 Paris

Thirteenth International Conference

The Thirteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma was the first conference held in Europe in over ten years was a tremendous success. With professionals attending from 22 countries, this conference provided a great opportunity for individuals to network and learn from each other.

With the help from the European Organizing Committee, this three day conference had sessions with topics that ranged from the most current scientific research, medical practices, investigative techniques and scientifically based prevention programs. Each presentation was simultaneously translated into French.

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2012 Boston

Twelfth International Conference

The Twelfth International Conference on Shake Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma was a huge success again this year. There were 728 attendees and presenters. These attendees represented 64 major hospitals, 16 universities, 49 of the 50 USA states, eight of 10 provinces in Canada; 14 countries; the US Army, US Air Force and US Marine Corps and 115 other participants representing state, federal, provincial or city governments and 48 members of SBS victim families.

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2010 Atlanta

Eleventh International Conference

We had another successful conference in Buckhead/Atlanta in September 2010. Over 615 people in attendance from all around the world came together to focus on the prevention, investigation, diagnosis, and support of victims of shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma. We want to thank the 130 presenters who did over 90 presentations in three days.