March Of Dimes Foundation

Rating: 2.64 stars   45 reviews

Issues: Cancer

Location: 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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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.

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No

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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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.

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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.

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Unlikely

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No

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No

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2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

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.

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Unlikely

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

In the past I have donated in different ways to MOD. Since reading the review in Charity Navigator it became obvious to me that their "fundraising" and "administrative expenses" are well above comparable levels in similar charities and thus I stopped donating, feeling my donations would be put to much more efficient use elsewhere. I am also non-plus'd by their high Executive Compensation levels. Naturally the donation requests continued to come in, in fact, between 11-01-11 and 12-01-12 I have received 17 solicitations, 3 by telephone and the rest by mail (some containing dimes). I have been unsuccessful in stopping these expensive solicitations but have become more convinced than ever that I will never again donate to MOD

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No

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

Are these people robocalling or is someone spoofing their phone number? If it is this them, then it should be shut down. Only socipaths robocall.

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No

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No

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No

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have heard disturbing Stories about this organization. I hate to see them put dimes in mailings. Based on the return rate, I would assume most of these dimes go to waste. If I can afford to donate, I don't need their dime. Put the money to use the way it is intented. I think the Directors of this organization should take a serious look at how it is run. Their methods turn a lot of people off.

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2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My only close contact with MOD was years ago, when I contacted them for assistance for a person who was a member of a non-profit that I was a very active volunteer with. MOD was able to give them some assistance, so I thought they were a pretty good group. But that was then. More recently, I've been getting phone calls (which I HATE and I have NEVER given any group that, I donated $$$ to, my private phone number ... because I do NOT want to be bothered). Anyway, now they are sending out letters with dimes in them. I almost threw out mine, without looking, until I noticed it contained money. I've noticed this with some other groups, also. They send potential checks or cash in hopes the receiver will return the checks/cash and add more. Well, I keep the cash and throw away the checks and doner letters, stickers, cards, wrapping paper, etc. (who NEEDS all that clutter???) and I remove the group from my doner list. I mean, if they can send ME money, they obviously have more than I have and are not fiscally responsible for the funds that they do have. Sad, but true.

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Unlikely

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No

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No

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

AMERICAN RED CROSS CEO[951,957SALARY PLUS EXPENSES PAID] UNITED WAY CEO [675,000 NUMEROUS EXPENSE BENEFITS.................] UNICEF CEO [1,900.OO PLUS ROLLS ROYCE WITH LESS THEN 5% GOING TO THE CAUSE, THIS IS THEIR SALARY FOR ONE YEAR, ( WOW)! HOW MUCH DO YOU MAKE A YEAR ? HOW DARE THESE PEOPLE EARN THIS KIND OF MONEY FOR CHARITY. THIS IS A SCAM FOR BIG COMPANIES TO USE AS TAX WRITE OFFS AND BULLY THEIR EMPLOYEES TO DONATE. HOWEVER, SALVATION ARMY IS VERY FAIR IN OFFERING THEIR CEO HOUSING AND A VERY MINIMAL INCOME OF 13,000 PER YEAR. THE VETERANS OF WAR IS A TOTAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION. MILITARY ORDER OF PURPLE HEARTS, DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AND VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION ALL NON PROFIT, WHILE AMERICAN RED CROSS, UNITED WAY AND UNICEF PAY THEIR CEO'S 3X WHAT THE PRESIDENT EARNS.

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No

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I made a donation 3 years ago and since then my phone hasn't stopped ringing.I wouldn't give them a dime now because they are the most annoying charity I've ever encountered.I have filed complaints with the federal do not call list at least 30 times and still they call everyday.I hope a Federal law is passed to investigate these telemarketers.

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No

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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cziff (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

The March of Dimes takes your comments seriously. If you can provide us with a little more information then we'd be happy to investigate the issue. Our contact email is donorservice@marchofdimes.com.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My friend asked me for a donation to March of Dimes. This has resulted in a relentless barrage of robo-calls from morning to night, day after day, week after week. They hang up after a couple of rings; no one is on the line if I pick up. How did they even get my phone number? Check the Internet: many people have the same experience. Shame on you, March of Dimes. This charity is a good choice for people who want their donations to be used for harassment.

Was your donation impactful?

No

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?

2011

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cziff (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

The March of Dimes takes your comments seriously. If you can provide us with a little more information then we'd be happy to investigate the issue. Our contact email is donorservice@marchofdimes.com.

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