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March Of Dimes Foundation

Rating: 2.7 stars   46 reviews 7,776

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1275 Mamaroneck Ave White Plains NY 10605 USA

Mission:

With the success of the Salk vaccine in the mid 1950s, the March of Dimes turned its focus on birth defects, low birth weight and infant death. Over the past 68 years, March of Dimes' cutting edge research and innovative programs have saved millions of babies from death or disability.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I guess until you have a premature baby that has spent multiple weeks in a hospital in Neo-natal ICU that you never really have an understanding of what they do. If you haven't been in this situation or had a relative that has you should really get your facts straight. Otherwise shut your mouth until you can comeback & say you have been through this experience. Trust me your whole world changes.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Do not donate to this group. Once you get on their list they never let you go no matter how many times you unsubscribe. They are worse than spam. I know for certain there are other groups who do the same work who are far more respectful and are better stewards of the funds they are given.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I started out a volunteer with the March of Dimes 7 years ago when my daughter was born premature. After multiple years of volunteering and fundraising, I joined their team as an employee. I’ve seen both sides of this organization and it saddens me on fast people jump to conclusions and don’t bother to do any research. Direct mailing is not something new to nonprofit and definitely not something that is specific to the March of Dimes. Direct mailing brings in a lot of research dollars and if it is bothersome, that individual can always request to be removed from any mailing and/or solicitation lists.
From an internal side, I know what the financials are and where my money is going. I am very proud to see the programs that my donations are a part of locally and how can you argue with the reputation of being the only nonprofit that has ever fully achieved their initial mission by eradicating polio!? 76 years of HUGE accomplishments with vaccines, new born screenings, education, local programs is definitely enough to keep me and my family as lifelong volunteers and donors.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Very disappointing. They've robo-called us every day for the past four or five weeks, frequently a few minutes after 8am. No message, no one there when we answer. This morning someone picked up after a long delay. They were very up front with the fact that they were a paid solicitation company.
This operation is as close to a scam as you can get and not be there. The usual scheme is to pay the local volunteer fire company $2000, for example, for their name and then keep everything they collect.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The March of Dimes was a great organization. They were instrumental in conquering Polio. Major leaguers know to retire on a high note. Their score on review sites like http://www.charitynavigator.org has fallen badly. Many similar groups doing much better. They should have disbanded, before sinking to this level. Never will get another dime from me.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

As a parent who nearly lost a daughter who was born very premature, it is heartbreaking for me to see how many people are misinformed about the March of Dimes. I have volunteered with the organization for the last 10 years and know first hand how wonderful the March of Dimes is. I want to clarify a few things that are being said because they are incorrect and it's important to get the right information out there.

1) The March of Dimes does not provide funding to individuals. What they do is provide funding for research and services that help prevent preterm birth, birth defects, and infant loss. Things like smoking cessation courses, research into genetics that might help determine why some babies do better or worse after being born preterm, and programs to teach pregnant teens about the importance of proper medical care during pregnancy are the types of programs they support.

They have helped fund research that developed surfactant therapy (a chemical put in premature babies lungs that help them breathe) and has saved the lives of countless babies, including my daughter.

Anyone who takes a prenatal vitamin with Folic acid can thank the March of Dimes for funding research that showed that chances of Neural tube defects could be decreased by taking folic acid during pregnancy.

Remember that APGAR score your child got when they were born? Dr. Virginia Apgar worked for the March of Dimes and helped develop this quick test to evaluate how a baby is doing after birth.

How about that drop of blood the doctors took from your child's foot right after birth? That's because the March of Dimes has shown that detecting certain diseases earlier gives a better chance for treatment and outcome for the child. It's called Newborn Screening and is required at different levels in every state in the country.

In more recent years, the March of Dimes has started a NICU family support program in every state in the country. The March of Dimes puts a staff member on site in a NICU to help the families dealing with a birth crisis. These people will sit and hold your hand and listen as well as help answer any questions you have about your child and what lies ahead. They can help parents figure out different ways to find financial support as many NICU stays have a price tag in the hundred thousand dollar range. They set up "sibling events" so the other children in the family can start to bond with their brother or sister while they are in the hospital. But seeing it's not present in every NICU yet, many families don't know about this great service.

So if Joe Smith walks into a March of Dimes office and asks for money to pay for his baby's medical bill they can't do that. But they can help find information on assistance he can get to help cover his bills (medicaid, social security, etc). This is similar to most charities. You can't walk into a Red Cross office and ask for $100 and expect them to give it to you. It's just not the way these charities work.

2) The March of Dimes manages a website with the help of amazing volunteers called Share.marchofdimes.com. The website is basically an online support group for anyone who is dealing with a pregnancy that did not turn out as they expected. There are parents there who have children with birth defects, children who were born premature, and sadly, many parents who have lost a child. It's a heartwarming and supportive place to get advice when you are dealing with your own pregnancy/baby problems. This is the place to go when you need help with your situation, these families have walked in your shoes and can answer just about any question you have.

3) Yes, the March of Dimes does many appeals for donations, but every other charity I have donated to does the same thing. It is important to note that the March of Dimes does not pay for advertising. Anything you receive or signs you see are because a sponsor has covered the cost of that advertising.

4) The March of Dimes is making a difference! Prematurity rates have gone down in the last few years despite the number of women receiving infertility treatments going up. Women who receive fertility treatments are more likely to give birth to multiples which puts them at risk for being born early. So the more that rate goes up the more babies who are likely to be born preterm. But we are still seeing a decrease so what they are doing DOES work.

I guess what I'm saying is that while you may not see the work they are doing first hand, any baby born is benefiting from the March of Dimes. My 25 week preemie wouldn't be alive today without medical advancements made through March of Dimes funding and my full term son was still touched by their mission through folic acid and newborn screening tests. ALL babies are helped by the March of Dimes whether you see it or not.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the mission more visible. Many people do not understand what the organization actually does.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The March of Dimes is a wonderful organization that does a lot of work behind the scenes helping moms have healthy pregnancies. You don't hear about their successes much because they don't make a specific product or have their name out there as much as other organizations. But I assure you, their success are HUGE.

What they ARE doing is providing money to support programs and do research to help moms have full term, healthy pregnancies. Out of every dollar donated to the March of Dimes, $0.76 is spent on research and programs. For example, They work with local groups to provide funding to help pregnant women stop smoking, to teach them about nutrition, and to help them give their baby the best start in life.
They provide funding nationally to do research that SAVES LIVES. My daughter is one of countless children who survived her early birth due to medical developments paid for by the March of Dimes.

Did you know that drinking alcohol while you are pregnant is bad for your baby? You did? Great! Then the March of Dimes has touched your life. Ever hear that you are supposed to take folic acid while you are pregnant? That was the March of Dimes too. They funded research that proved taking folic acid during pregnancy decreases the chance of neural tube defects (like spina bifida). When your child was born did the nurse take a drop of blood from his or her heel? That's due to the March of Dimes newborn screening program which checks for a number of disorders that can be better treated the earlier they are caught. So you may not see them, but the March of Dimes is all around you.

My connection with them is personal. They funded research that developed a chemical called surfactant that allowed babies with underdeveloped lungs to breathe. My daughter received this medication when she was born 3.5 months premature weighing only 1 lb 15 oz. Without it, she would have died. Lucky for me the March of Dimes does exist and their research saved my daughters life. They continue to try to find ways to stop premature birth and in the short 9 years I've been a supporter of the March of Dimes, I've seen the prematurity rate drop. So they are making a difference!

Everyone should support the March of Dimes, because everyone deserves to have healthy babies. And their babies deserve to have healthy babies.....

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am baffled by MOD's fund raising scheme. I received a bunch of junk -- calendar, return address labels, bookmarks, note paper, none of which I want -- and am promised a fleece blanket when I send my gift.
I am more interested in the work they do.

These fund-raising practices are negative in my view.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

eliminate the practice of mailing "enticements' for donations.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

March of Dimes does a tremendous job standing behind the families who are touched by their mission as well as the families who are celebrating full-term healthy babies. I have no doubt that the money collected is being used for great things and have experienced it first hand!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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12 people found this review helpful

March of Dimes is an easily recognizable name as far as charities go. What is disconcerting is the proportion of funds MOD spends on fundraising. I just got an appeal with a dime in it. To me this is just throwing money away.

What made me check further into March of Dimes fundraising is that there is a small insert with very hard to read "fine print". A pie chart is shown on this insert showing where MOD claims your dollar goes. MOD claims 75.8% goes to programs. After checking with Charity Navigator, I see the percentage is even lower at 65.9%. This undermines my faith in MOD and has made me scratch them off my list of organizations I will contribute to.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am writng about the March of Dimes in Orange and Sullivan Counties in New York. I have found these folks very giving of their time and enthusiastic about their cause. The are also very dedicated to the families who have benefited. As a volunteer I have been very happy with my connection and expect to give of my time for many years to come.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

March of Dimes is an extremely well managed organization with exceptional governance standards. Their Prematurity campaign is really making a difference in the lives of mothers and babies. Visit their website for more details and information at marchofdimes.com.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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