Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.

Ask Us

United Spinal’s Ask Us program connects you with information, resources, and access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Central” help center. Browse the Knowledge Books below for answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for just Ask Us and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers.
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Ways To Give

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There are many Ways To Give! With the help of dedicated supporters like you, United Spinal can continue to help people overcome the challenges of paralysis and disability and guide them down a rewarding path of transformation and discovery.

Ways To Give

Employer Donation Matching

Did you know that many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees? Some companies even match gifts by spouses and retirees.

By simply completing an employer’s matching gift form (online or paper), you may be able to double, or even triple the impact of your gift! Use the search options to the right to see if your employer participates in a matching gift program.

Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant information provided by Powered by Double the Donation

Other Ways To Donate

Making a gift of appreciated securities (stock, bonds and mutual funds) to United Spinal Association is easy and has some special tax benefits. Most gifts of appreciated securities that you have held for more than a year are fully deductible at fair market value, and you do not incur a tax on unrealized capital gains. (Please consult your tax advisor for a complete assessment of your tax situation.)

Ways to Transfer Appreciated Securities

By Phone
Instruct your bank or broker to transfer your gift of securities to United Spinal Association electronically. To use an electronic transfer, provide the following information to your broker or ask your broker to call the Accounting Department at 718-803-3782 Ext 7218 for routing instructions.

CHASE INVESTMENT ACCOUNT
Account Name: United Spinal Association
Account No.: 731-08650
Account Delivery- DTC 0352

Our Tax Identification Number (TIN): 13-5612621

By Mail
1. Send your unendorsed stock certificate(s) by registered mail to:

United Spinal Association
National Headquarters
Accounting Department
120-34 Queens Blvd, Suite 330
Kew Gardens, NY 11415

2. In a separate envelope, by regular mail, send to the same address:

    a. A signed stock power (one power for each certificate; complete the signature block exactly as the stock is registered) and
    b. A brief note identifying yourself (name, address, phone number) and describing the number of shares and the name(s) of the stock(s).

Mail both envelopes on the same day. The date of the gift is determined by the postmarks.

Gifts of mutual funds

Mutual fund shares that have appreciated in value are an excellent charitable gift with tax advantages similar to those from gifts of other appreciated securities. Generally, mutual fund shares must be transferred by the mutual fund company. To make a gift of mutual fund shares, please ask your mutual fund company to provide you instructions and the forms necessary for making a charitable gift. Please call us at 800-404-2898, x210 if we may be of help to you.

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Tax Advantages of Donating Appreciated Securities

Other questions?

If you have any questions regarding your gift of appreciated securities, please contact our Development Department at 800-404-2898, x210 for assistance.

When you donate long-term appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds to United Spinal Association:

    1. You incur no capital gains tax, which amounts to an “extra” tax savings.
    2. United Spinal Association incurs no capital gains taxes when it sells the securities.
    3. You may deduct the fair market value of the securities as of the date of your gift. For stocks, this is determined by multiplying the number of shares by the mean share price on the date of the transfer.

With these added tax advantages, many donors find that they can be more generous by donating appreciated securities than they could be with an after-tax gift of cash.

Please note that “long-term” is defined as those securities that have been owned by you for more than one-year and one-day.

Precautions:

    1. For appreciated securities that you have held for less than one year and one day, only the cost basis is deductible.
    1. 2. If a stock has decreased in value since your purchase, it is usually more advantageous for you to claim an investment loss on your tax return, and then contribute the cash proceeds.

See Example 2 below.

Example 1:

Mr. Smith is in the 28 percent tax bracket and he owns securities currently valued at $30,000. He purchased these securities several years ago for $4,000. He contributes the securities to United Spinal Association and realizes a $30,000 charitable deduction, which saves him $8,400 in income taxes (28 percent of $30,000).

In addition, Mr. Smith avoids the potential capital gains tax on his $26,000 paper profit. This means a further savings of $3,900 (15 percent of $26,000). Therefore the actual cost for Mr. Smith for the gift of $30,000 in appreciated securities is only $17,700 ($30,000, less $8,400, less $3,900).

Example 2:

Mr. Jones is in the 28 percent tax bracket and he owns securities valued at $2,000. He purchased these securities several years ago for $4,500.

If Mr. Jones contributes the securities to United Spinal Association, he realizes a charitable deduction of $2,000, which saves him $560 in income taxes (28 percent of $2,000). His after tax investment loss is $1,940 ($2,500 less $560).

However, if Mr. Jones sells his securities and claims an investment loss of $2,500, he can reduce his taxes by $700 (28 percent of $2,500). If he then takes the proceeds of the sale ($2,000) and contributes them to United Spinal Association, he realizes an additional tax savings of $560 (28 percent of $2,000). In this instance, his after tax investment loss has been reduced from $2,500 to $1,240 ($2,500, less $700, less $560).

Limitations:

The full fair-market value of gifts of long-term appreciated securities or real estate is deductible up to 30 percent of a donor’s adjusted gross income. Any amount in excess of the 30 percent ceiling can be carried forward for up to five years.

View Planning Your Will (PDF)
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Our hope is that this booklet will be helpful to you in this process.
On the following pages you will find information about the
elements of a valid will and how to determine goals for your estate.

By using this step-by-step guide, you will see how
planning your will can save money for both you and your
heirs. You’ll also find out how meaningful and rewarding a
process it can be for you. Because with a will that reflects
your wishes, you can:
• Make provisions for loved ones;
• Remember charitable institutions that reflect your values;
• Plan how your hard-earned assets will help others;
and
• Accomplish all of these goals at the lowest possible expense.

Off-Line Donations

Donations by phone/credit card donations can be made by calling our Donor Services toll-free number 800 404-2899.

Once the transaction is completed you will be mailed or emailed a receipt for your donation.

A mailed donation can be made by sending a check to:

United Spinal Association
20-34 Queens Blvd. #320
Kew Gardens NY 11415
United States

Please include the word “Donation” in the memo line of the check.

To wire funds to United Spinal Association, please provide your financial institution with the following routing information:

JP Morgan Chase
ABA = 021000021
BNF = United Spinal Association/AC-0811122605
OBI = Donation

To ensure that the donor receives a proper gift acknowledgement, please contact United Spinal Association’s Accounting Department at 718-803-3782 x7218 and provide the donor’s name, contact information, wire transfer amount, wire transfer date and the sending institution’s name.

More Ways To Support Our Programs

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Aside from the wealth of information contained in the wheelchair adaptable BackPack (over 30 items), recipients also receive Priority Access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Resource Center” staff of consultants.


Each $30 Donation Sponsors A BackPack & A New Beginning


Our staff provide recipients with priority one-on-one answers, explanations, guidance, and yes, even a shoulder to lean on when needed. Our “Ask Us” program accomplishes over 3000 assists for people with a spinal cord injury and their family members every year. But we need to do more! 

Sponsor A Back Pack

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Donate A CarDonating your vehicle can help support the work we do. It’s as easy as filling out the online donation form or picking up a phone and speaking to a live operator. Click here to Donate

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