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Daughter Carries Out Her Father's Lasting Legacy

Jack Dressler, Jean Barber's father, by a plaque honoring the founders of Children's Mercy Hospital

Jack Dressler, Jean Barber's father, by a plaque honoring the founders of Children's Mercy

How One Family Made a Difference at Children's Mercy

Following a business career that included service as a comptroller for the IRS, E.B. "Jack" Dressler found a second profession in the field of development and spent his twilight years raising funds for Children's Mercy.

He roamed Missouri in the 1970s and 80s, meeting with county commissioners to ask for help subsidizing expenses incurred by residents of their communities. His daughter, Jean, often joined him on these trips. Together, this duo increased the visibility of Children's Mercy throughout the region.

Jack's wife also cared for and supported Children's Mercy, having rallied a sewing group that made bags and dolls for patients.

Jack also enjoyed encouraging donors to remember the hospital in their wills or trusts, and was pleased to watch Children's Mercy grow and expand as a result of his efforts and the generosity of those friends and benefactors with whom he worked.

Jean occasionally had the opportunity to accompany her father on tours of the hospital, where he showed prospective donors the complex care offered and identified equipment and programmatic needs they could remedy.

Jean later left Kansas City and attended the University of Kansas. After she married, Jean and her husband moved to a farm in his hometown of Anthony, Kan. There they raised two daughters and one son.

Caring for Family and Children's Mercy
Jack died in 1988, but through thoughtful planning was able to provide for Jean in his trust. To honor her father's commitment, Jean has included in her estate plan directions for a portion of her assets to go to Children's Mercy in the event that her children predecease her.

In addition to her support as a member of the Children's Mercy Legacy Honor Roll, Jean gives to various efforts at Children's Mercy including hearing and speech, cardiology, and research. At Christmastime, she likes to send a donation to Children's Mercy as her gift from herself to herself.

Jean encourages everyone to include a charitable provision in their wills or trusts, and to make giving to Children's Mercy and other organizations that are close to their hearts a priority.

Children's Mercy appreciates Jean Barber for carrying on her father's passion for creating healthier, happier futures for the young patients we serve.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Children's Mercy a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Children's Mercy, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Kansas City, MO, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Children's Mercy or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Children's Mercy as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Children's Mercy as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Children's Mercy where you agree to make a gift to Children's Mercy and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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