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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Health

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.

Programs: Research & medical support the march of dimes funds research into the causes of birth defects, premature birth and other threats to babies' health as well as ways to prevent and treat them. The march of dimes consistently throughout its history has selected bold problems from conquering polio to preventing prematurity and has been successful through careful planning and execution to achieve our mission. The march of dimes also has developed partnerships to leverage its efforts together with those of other organizations. Since the start of our national prematurity campaign in 2003, rates of preterm birth have declined for 7 years in a row to 11. 4% and have reached a 16-year low. Since 2006, an estimated 210,000 babies have been spared the consequences of an early birth, and our country has saved at least $11. 9 billion in excess health care costs. We achieved these results through sustained leadership and a variety of partnerships. We opened four march of dimes prematurity research centers, the first one at stanford university in 2011, the second as the ohio collaborative in 2013, and the third and fourth in 2014 at washington university in st. Louis and the university of pennsylvania. These prematurity research centers take a unique team science approach to speeding up discovery of causes and preventions, drawing faculty not only from the medical schools, but from across the campuses, including, for example from schools of engineering. A total of five centers are planned, and the fifth has been approved by our board of trustees, but not yet announced. It will be announced in q2 of 2015. We led the drive to eliminate early elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. This work includes quality improvement initiatives with over 100 prominent hospitals in 28 states. A peer-reviewed publication, the research for which was supported by and the majority of the authors were from the march of dimes, showed an 83% reduction in early elective deliveries from january through december of the same year among 25 hospitals in five states. This work also includes a national consumer education campaign called healthy babies are worth the wait. The description of the healthy babies are worth the wait pilot in kentucky is in press as volume 1 of the new peer-reviewed march of dimes series with elsevier as the publisher. This shows that there was a reduction in early elective deliveries in kentucky compared with surrounding states, and reviewers were highly complimentary of the march of dimes taking on a research project of this complexity in a "real world setting. " in 2012, the u. S. Dept. Of health and human services built on their approach by launching strong start, an initiative to improve birth outcomes. The leapfrog group, a nonprofit hospital quality watchdog, released results from the 2013 leapfrog hospital survey, which showed the rate of early elective deliveries (non-medically necessary c-sections and inductions before 39 weeks) dropped from 17% in 2010 to 4. 6% in 2013 at nearly 1,000 reporting hospitals. The joint commission has included the reduction of early elective deliveries as one of its five perinatal core measures, which will impact policies at all birthing hospitals in the u. S. Our research advances over the past 75 years are still improving health and saving lives of babies today. Polio once crippled tens of thousands of children, but thanks to vaccines developed with march of dimes support, this disease has been eliminated in most of the world. Newborn screening tests developed with funding from the march of dimes contribute to the detection of the recommended set of 31 serious but treatable disorders and save lives. The march of dimes national folic acid campaign led to fortification of grain products in 1998 with the b vitamin folic acid, and since then our nation has seen a 36 percent reduction in spina bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord, and a 17 percent reduction in anencephaly, a very serious birth defect of the brain that uniformly results in death. Reducing preterm birth through our partnership with the association of state and territorial health officials (astho), health departments in every state, puerto rico and the district of columbia have set goals of reducing their rates of premature birth by 8 percent by 2014. Using the data from the national center on health statistics (nchs) of the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc), 16 states or territories have achieved their goals of 8% reduction through the 2013 data: alaska, arizona, california, colorado, delaware, district of columbia, indiana, massachusetts, nevada, new hampshire, new york, puerto rico, rhode island, utah, vermont, and wyoming. In 2014, 5 states earned an "a" on the march of dimes premature birth report card: california, maine, new hampshire, oregon and vermont.

public and professional education the march of dimes shares vital health information with the general public, women and professionals through the internet, educational booklets and public service advertising, many of which are provided in both english and spanish. The materials for the public are written in "plain language" and have won numerous awards. All march of dimes educational materials are strongly evidence-based and depend on the peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature, as well as on reliable sources, such as the centers for disease control and prevention, the american academy of pediatrics, the american college of obstetricians and gynecologists, and others. We led the publication of born too soon: the global action report on preterm birth, the first global estimates of premature birth, and recommended prevention and care strategies for the 15 million babies born preterm each year. Our global partners are now pushing forward to bring these lifesaving approaches to countries throughout the world. In 2014, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the international federation of obstetrics and gynecology (figo) to pool activities and resources of the march of dimes with the activities and infrastructure of figo in order to help reduce worldwide the rates of preterm birth. As part of this agreement, march of dimes and figo have contracted with the boston consulting group on a study to understand the drivers of differences in preterm birth across and within countries over time, on the basis of these findings identify opportunities to reduce preterm birth in high-income countries and, subsequently, selected middle-income countries and identify gaps in knowledge and implications for research. We are also working with the march of dimes global network for maternal and infant health in lebanon, malawi and the philippines to improve the health of adolescents and young women before they become pregnant and are planning for the 7th international conference on the prevention of birth defects and disability in the developing world to be held in dar es salaam, tanzania in september. World prematurity day continues to expand around the world, raising awareness about the serious problem of premature birth. Begun as prematurity awareness day in the united states, november 17th is now marked by activities in more than 80 countries with parent groups recruited to lead the efforts in many of these countries. For additional information on the foundation's prematurity campaign, please visit the following websites: http://bit. Ly/1d9inzm and http://bit. Ly/107xcvc

community services march of dimes chapter staff and volunteers invest time and resources in local programs and activities in all 50 states, washington, d. C. , and puerto rico, playing a vital role in improving maternal and child health in their communities, to enhancing and expanding services available to women and their families. Chapter staff and volunteers partner with local health agencies, community-based organizations, professional associations, hospitals, and others to determine the most pressing maternal and child health needs and to develop a multi-year strategic plan that will positively impact the health status of communities. Staff and volunteers then work to enhance and expand community services, and to improve systems of care for mothers, babies, and their families through advocacy, leadership educational programs and community grants. In 2014, march of dimes chapters awarded 554 community grants. Through its community grants and program services, march of dimes aims to: improve the health of mothers and babies through education on healthy pregnancy; prenatal care and other services to reduce the risk of premature birth and other poor birth outcomes; and support for families whose babies need specialized care in the newborn intensive care unit (nicu). Healthy babies are worth the wait community program is a march of dimes chapter-led partnership focused on decreasing preterm birth by improving the quality of health care delivery, increasing access to prevention services, providing education for pregnant women, perinatal providers and the greater community. Program partners work together to integrate clinical and public health interventions that are proven to reduce preterm birth. These interventions include: patient navigation/care coordination, hospital quality improvement to reduce early elective deliveries, group prenatal care, and smoking cessation, prevention of repeat preterm births and infection diagnosis and treatment. The march of dimes offers information and comfort to families experiencing the hospitalization of their baby and provides training for healthcare professionals in newborn intensive care units (nicus) through nicu family support. In 2014, nicu family support programs served over 92,000 families experiencing a nicu stay in 132 hospitals across the united states. Activities provided include parent-to-parent support, print and online education for families and innovative programs for parents, siblings and grandparents - all with the purpose of providing comfort and critical health care messages to families in crisis. To support hospital staff in their role, the program provided professional development trainings and resources for neonatologists, nurses and other clinicians to promote implementation of best practices in family-centered care. Hispanic outreach the increasing number of hispanic women in the united states, coupled with their higher fertility rates and increased risk of adverse birth outcomes, call for greater attention to their preconception, maternal and newborn health needs. To address these needs, the march of dimes offers numerous education and health promotion resources that reach millions of spanish-speaking women and families globally. In 2014, the march of dimes relaunched nacersano. Org, the foundations culturally and linguistically relevant source of maternal and baby health information for spanish-speaking hispanic community at large. The new mobile-ready site features hundreds of health articles, interactive tools, educational videos and other resources, including easy access to social media platforms where health information is also provided. The site reached more than 2. 4 million users in 2014 and had more than 4 million page views. In addition, the nacersano blog (one of the social media platforms) had 3,300 average views per day, a 42 percent increase over 2013 and the highest since its implementation in 2007. Hispanic advisory council the march of dimes created a national hispanic advisory council in 2014. This group of professionals advises the march of dimes on best practices for improving the health of hispanic mothers and babies. It also helps the organization to communicate the mission with the hispanic community for long-term engagement and help improve health outcomes. Pregnancy and newborn health education center since 1997, the pregnancy & newborn health education center (the center) has served women and their families by being the trusted source of accurate, timely information about what women can do to help themselves be healthier, to have a healthy pregnancy and reduce their risk of having a preterm birth. Through the center, march of dimes health experts offer one-on-one health education and support to women and families from around the world, in english and spanish. In 2014, the center answered 19,870 emails in english and spanish on topics ranging from preconception, pregnancy and prematurity to health advocacy, baby care and loss. The center also delivers education through social media platforms. The news moms need blog averages over 1300 daily views. Through daily outreach and monthly chats on the march of dimes twitter accounts; the center engaged over 25 million people with detailed educational content, and answered individual concerns as they arose. Fda and corn masa flour the march of dimes participated in a working group comprised of other health organizations and a company interested in fortifying corn masa flour and its related products (e. G. , tortillas and tortilla chips) with folic acid in the u. S. To prepare a food additive petition to the fda. This petition, which would allow voluntary fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid if approved, was submitted to the fda in april 2012. The march of dimes has since continued to work with the fda to address their concerns and questions regarding aspects of the information submitted in the petition. The march of dimes has funded an additional stability study to examine the levels of folic acid present in fortified corn masa flour and its related products over time. Such data would allow the fda to confirm that the folic acid is present at expected or appreciable levels in corn masa flour and its related products sufficient to achieve the intended effect of reducing neural tube defects in the u. S. This study is expected to be finished by end of 2015. Patient safety and quality the march of dimes is infusing patient safety and quality throughout its mission activities. This involves creating a "culture of safety" in these areas, based on teh features of high reliability organizations and natural accident theory. Nbs culture of safety and awards in november 2013, the milwaukee journal sentinel (mjs) published the first article in a series titled "deadly delays" in newborn screening. This article described death and disability that could have been prevented among babies whose newborn screening tests had been delayed, for example by being closed on weekends and holidays, and "batching" samples in hospitals over multiple days before sending them to the state laboratory. We published an op ed in the mjs one week later and a peer-reviewed commentary in 2014, both calling for a culture of safety in nbs. We convened a newborn screening quality improvement work group to share best practices to improve sample transit times and that group now includes representatives from 16 organizations, such as the american academy of pediatrics, american college of obstetrics and gynecology, american hospital association, association of state and territorial health officials and others. The work group meets 2-3 times per year either in person or by conference call. The march of dimes, in collaboration with the association of state and territorial health officials, began providing awards in 2014 to state health officials for specific policies and practices that improve sample transit times and we have made two awards to date.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the mother of a premature baby who directly benefited from life saving treatments, I will be forever grateful for the amazing work that March of Dimes does. March of Dimes is an organization that is truly dedicated to helping moms and babies and every employee I have come in contact is passionate and caring.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

in 1966, i was a march of dimes poster child. i've tried contacting them twice since. they totally ingnore my letters and emails. they are the worst people on the planet.

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4 Douglas Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

The March of Times financial report says that 66 cents of every dollar goes to charity. The urban legends of 1% or 10% seem to be misguided.

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4 Dee_34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

So why will no one just say what presentage gos to charity

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really think it is easy, maybe even cool, to sound jaded in this cynical age. Yes the March of Dimes’ original impetus, finding a cure for Polio, was ago achieved decades ago (and thankfully since who knows who among us born in the 50’s may have been victims of this curse without it!). But we can also admire an organization that had reinvented itself to lead the fight against current threats such as premature birth and birth defects. This organization continues to lead by providing millions for research, education and support to families, to promote healthy babies.
I have been a volunteer at the March of Dimes for several months now, and I have found it to be one of the most humane work environments I have ever seen in 30 years of working in all kinds and sizes of organizations. Granted, a great work environment is not a justification for a non-profit, but it does show a consistent commitment to life affirming values of all kinds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The March of Dimes is an outstanding charity. They really make a difference through their research in reducing premature birth. They are a great, old-time non-profit and I donate to them every year.

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Former staff

Rating: 1

March of Dimes was once a great charity, but it's time has passed. People say "the mission is great" and on paper it is, but in practice, it's not. March of Dimes now fundraises ust to stay in business. Updated Charity Navigator profile shows that an abysmal 67% of funds raised go to programs, over 20% to the cost of fundraising, and the rest to administrative costs. Only 20% of funds raised go to research! 20 million out of the 100 million plus raised annually! I was once proud to work here but every year the money going to programs gets cut, it's absolutely shameful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have never donated to the March of Dimes..But I heard that only 1 cent out of every dollar goes for the cause...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 1

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.

17 Maria101

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 2

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.

22 Jackie29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 1

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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4 Bill47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are a lot of grumpy people on this site who know very little about philanthropy and running a major non profit. Look up the other non profits and be dismayed. The March of Dimes gives back more on the dollar than most non profits out there. Many materials for mailings are donated. Each of you that says that you donated to the March of Dimes but they never helped you. A) It's not all about you and B) where do you think the advances in medicine came from and were funded by? Did you get a polio shot? Did your child get a polio shot? - Thank the March of Dimes! Did you get a heal stick genetic marker screening at birth or your child? - Thank the March of Dimes! Did you know to take folic acid and not drink alcohol while pregnant? Yep! Thank the March of Dimes. Did your child receive surfactant through a ventilator preventing weeks on a vent? Yes...you guessed it, thank the March of Dimes? Did you stop to read about all the genes they have discovered that contribute to major birth defects? Probably not. So, for all of you who want nothing to do with the March of Dimes. Go ahead, get polio, don't take folic acid while pregnant and let potential birth defects set in. If you're not happy with the March of Dimes, pick up and call them. Don't bash them. They are a fundraising organization to raise money for research for cures, and they are very open about this. If you need emotional support, call a Pastor, go to a counselor, reach out to a friend but don't knock them for who they are clear they are not. I love the March of Dimes. Because of them, I knew to take folic acid, my son received surfactant therapy and I don't have polio. I also thanked them for the heal stick test which gave us important information about our premature child. God bless the March of Dimes and all the babies they have saved including the grumpy people on this site who are clearly misinformed. The March of Dimes has done research on the mailings and the return they get is worth it. Not every person is an angry person. I am not a staff person but a volunteer who is so eternally grateful for their research and support! Also, charity navigator is way off on their financial records. March of Dimes gives between 76-86% of each dollar earned. Disappointing that a wesbite like this would report inaccurate information without pulling financials. Even Forbes gets it right! Sounds like an angry employee who states of mismanaged funds. Our chefs auction took home $135000 this year to the organization and only had 10000 overhead. The NICU support team is funded through grants and grants come and go if you wonder where that money might be - there's your answer. The March of Dimes is clear that it does not pay the NICU support specialist's salary. This is a hospital funded position via grants in partnership with the MOD. The other reviewers on here don't even sound like they called to volunteer but just wanted to be given when they have already been given so much! It's not the Red Cross that gives direct money or supplies. Call your state's healthy smart program if you need that. Be thankful, they likely have saved many of our lives if not yours. The emotional support to the NICUs is awesome! I know, I was in a NICU for three months. Thanks for letting me clear up a few misleading posts who are misinformed and never volunteered or perhaps is a disgruntled employee.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

http://www.foundationforprematureinfants.org/ another org who helps with this to.... not once is MOD even said.. i wounder why????

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5

Client Served

Rating: 1

It's a scam. Don't trust them. They will take from all of us but when we need it they won't give. They love only this $$$$$$$

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the March of Dimes now for over a year and love the charity and all they have done for my family. They constantly support the NICU/PICU'S in our area. they provide support to families in need and show gratitude to nurses and doctors on a regular basis. They constantly make an effort to reach out to families who need support and we were one of them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I previously worked for the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter for three years. I left the organization due to management and poor usage of program funds. The organization has since cut their funding of the NICU program and cannot provide detailed explanations of where the money is going. When I worked there management couldn't even tell it's employees where the money is going.

Everything in the Missouri Chapter is politically driven and they struggle retaining employees because of the mis-management of funds. They spend money on lavish "gifts" for "patrons" and most of their events, especially their Signature Chefs Event, isn't profitable due to how much they spend on the event space itself.

Their mission is a great mission, if they actually funded it. There are many other foundations that help premature babies and if I were a donor I would research those foundations and donate to them.

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13 Lady G

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I know this charity has been around forever, but how can I, in good conscience, donate to a charity where the president of that charity makes over $600,000 per year? It's simply unconscionable.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity who has done wonderful things for families of premature babies who have survived and those who have not.

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7

Donor

Rating: 1

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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3

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

5

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

5

Donor

Rating: 2

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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Volunteer

Rating: 1

March of Dimes are anonymous cowards who have harassed me by phoning my house three times per day for over three consecutive weeks. Last week I was home from work to answer and agreed to distribute the mailers to neighbors ( because the caller argued and wouldn't take "no thanks"). They CONTINUE to phone me all hours of the day from 914-294-2276!!! I did research to discover March of Dimes is a scam and should not be considered a charity by the FCC. The CEOs pay themselves close to $700,000.00 a year salaries, and if you ever agree to help they will punish you with unrelenting phone calls indefinitely!!

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3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I worked at the March of Dimes for 4 years at the Arkansas Chapter. The management there is horrible from the top down. They did nothing but lie and manipulate. I have never in my life witnessed so much drama in an office. There is no way they were about the mission it was about manipulating and getting people fired to save themselves. It is really odd to me that the two people working in the office now have not been able to bring any money into that place. She has not hit budget at any of her events in the past year that she has worked there, but somehow she makes lies to the management and blames others for things and gets them fired, but they are not smart enough to see that she is taking the attention off of herself because she is not capable of doing her job. As an employee I heard our new State Director talking bad about me to her manager and telling her lies. She was literally there for 3 weeks and never once tried to get to know me or even ask what my job duties were. It was so aggravating that they took a job from me that I loved. Their goal was to get me fired for absolutely no reason. This organization is by far the worst place to work for. It is really unfortunate because the mission is great, but Arkansas is not even capable to raise enough money let alone pay for their salaries. If they want to be profitable they need to fire the two girls that are higher up and just start with new staff. It was sad to see two people run off 3 people within a few months. Within the past 7 years there have been so much turnover at that Chapter- around 30 people. How weird is it that they don't think something is strange about this? The last year working there was the worst experience, and just from everything that I have seen I wouldn't recommend anyone to work for this organization or even donate to it until they get their stuff together. Extremely disappointed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

September 2012 article in Bloomberg & NPR found much of the donations going to a telemarketer, InfoCision. This charity will not get my money.

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3

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

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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cziff 05/29/2012

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 [email protected]

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3

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

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cziff 05/29/2012

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 [email protected]

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Worst place I have ever worked in my entire life...I can attest to misuse of donated funds, improper behavior by management, and absolute disregard for all paid staff members and volunteers. Not only did this happen at corporate in White Plains, NY, but also in the chapter in North Carolina.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I used to donate to this charity until I found a percentage of proceeds goes to doing lab tests on animals. Search it on Google. Never will I ever donate money to this organization again.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a March of Dimes Volunteer for almost 20 years. My daughter was born with a birth defect and directly benefited from neonatal intensive care technologies and therapies funded through March of Dimes research. The March of Dimes executive leadership and staff are some of the best, brightest, and most dedicated professionals I have ever met; always putting the mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality first and foremost. This is an organization dedicated to its mission and to the many volunteers across the country that support them. Being able to fundraise and assist the organization all these years has been a true privilege! Thank you March of Dimes!

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Donor

Rating: 1

I've donated for years to this charity but starting about six weeks ago I started getting computer generated calls from MOD with a 914 area code. Whenever I answered the phone it was obvious this was a robo call and I never actually hear a live person after waiting 10 to 15 seconds. I would receive three to five of these calls PER DAY! Finally I waited on the line long enough to have the telemarketer answer at which time I unloaded! I wrote the CEO of MOD a letter this morning telling her that effective immediately my donations will stop. This type of phone harassment is unforgivable Also, the salaries for the CEO and staff are ridiculously high!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteer at the March of Dimes and have been impressed with their hard working, dedicated, and first class staff. The charity itself seems to be making great inroads against prematurity by government statistics released from time to time. Where I would reduce their rating from five stars to four is the somewhat high ratio of administrative and fundraising costs to total revenue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I wanted to write something to express my thanks to the March of Dimes and to all of the friends who supported me as I volunteered through their March for Babies event. After a very difficult pregnancy, I wanted to give back and started fundraising as part of the March for Babies event. I really enjoy volunteering for this organization and will always be grateful for their focus on helping moms and babies. I’ll always have a place in m y heart for them and the important work that they do which benefitted people like me. It’s an honor to help this cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

On this World Prematurity Day I have to take a moment to singe the praises of the March of Dimes. Each and every day children are born too soon in our world and the March of Dimes is on the front line of the fight to make sure every baby is born healthy. The research, education, and advocacy they fund makes sure that the causes of preterm labor are being discovered, women know how to take care of themselves during their pregnancies, and prenatal care is affordable to all. As a volunteer for the last nine years, I have seen the Foundation grow to new heights. as a volunteer I always receive more then I put in. The March of Dimes cares about me as a person and we work together as partners in the fight against prematurity. I feel confident in giving of my time, talent, and fiscal resources because I know that March of Dimes staff and researchers are stretching each and every dollar to make as large of impact as possible.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes to find a cure for polio and due to the research it funded the mission was accomplished. Polio was just a small piece of the spectrum of birth defects and so the March of Dimes re-purposed itself to take on all of them. Today the focus is also on Prematurity because it affects 13 million babies world wide each year and is the cause of so many birth defects. Together as World Coalition we can accomplish our mission and see a day when every baby is born healthy!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

In light of what I have watched with Penn State I felt obligated to talk about the physical abuse of a staff member I witnessed at vlc. I watched a senior vp shake a direct report while she was intoxicated. After asking a staff member about it I learned this was not the first time and that the foundation looked the other way the last time a behavior like this occurred. Having confidence in your leadership and HR department are critical in any company. Physical abuse is grounds for immediate termination in any company except the March of Dimes.

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Donor

Rating: 2

hi i would like to know more about the CEO of march of dimes i want to get as much info as soon as i can. i am part of a club at my school and we are curently planing on spending time and money on March Of Dimes. we all know that money for schools is short so if i can help prevent this from being wasted that would be great and if you can help me please send me any info you have my email adress is [email protected]
and please help me prevent a waste of money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you as a parent or adult for that matter ever want to see the true gift which the March of Dimes does for humanity, please go to your local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. I had the privilege of going to one just yesterday and to see first hand the role, not only the March of Dimes plays, but the tremendous value they bring to our society as a whole through their funding, research, and education is a true blessing. Thank goodness we have an organization that exists here in America that does this work on a large scale so that when newborn babies are affected negatively, the hard work and progress of the MOD has paid off in aiding the baby and the family!

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Donor

Rating: 1

March of Dimes is a sham. It was originally established by Teddy Roosevelt to find a cure for polio. After the cure was found, they did not dissolve, but instead made a new mission statement that is very open, "working together for stronger, healthier babies"

After doing a little research, I've come to find out that the CEO is making $600k+ a year! I understand that nobody's time is free however that amount is VERY high. The simple fact that this website has such a bad score for them confirms that they are not running the charity in the proper manner.

Also, a side note, March of Dimes did NOT find a cure for polio. Both vaccinations available were funded by PRIVATE organizations/Universities.

Before donating your money to March of Dimes, please do you research and consider donating your hard earned money somewhere else.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The March of Dimes is a wonderful organization, who works hard and strives to reach out to people as often as they can for an important cause. Often times, it is overlooked by many, but to mothers, it is an invaluable source of help. WIthout their help, many advancements regarding pregnancy would not have happened, and babies are born healthier because of them. My personal experience at March for Babies has always been fun and engaging, and knowing that 77 cents of every dollar comforts and reassures me while fundraising. Though they may be persistent in reaching out to others, it is a great charity that is passionate about their goals and helping families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

March of Dimes is a great organization! My niece, Paige, was born about 13 weeks early. Because of the research that March of Dimes has funded, she is alive and healthy today!
One of the reviewers said that they changed their mind about March of Dimes because they supported Planned Parenthood, and that they supported killing babies. The goal of Planned Parenthood is to educate. To promote contraception use and family planning so that women do not get pregnant when they are not ready or do not want to.
I have always enjoyed donating to and volunteering with March of Dimes! I have never had a negative experience.

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3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was registered myself and a team to do the March for Babies walk in Las Vegas on March 24,2010. I had to withdraw myself and the team due to a conflict of interest. Here is an organization who prides themselves for the work that they do to prevent infant mortality yet their tax statements show that they are a sponsor to planned parenthood who pride themselves in killing babies. The two don't go together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donate yearly to the March of Dimes as well as doing the March for Babies every year since 2007. I've had nothing but positive experiences with them, and thanks to the wonderful work of the March of Dimes, I have a happy, healthy three year old son who is absolutely my world.

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Donor

Rating: 1

After we donated, we were besieged with calls every two days from telemarketers calling on behalf of this organization. We asked multiple times to be put on the do-not-call list and were ignored every time. Regardless of the merits of their cause, this organization is unbelievably annoying in their persistence and we will never donate again.