Our Cause

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+About our organization

Why is the problem of prematurity so important?

Prematurity is the leading killer of America's newborns. Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.

What was the original name of the March of Dimes?

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

When did the March of Dimes change its mission to birth defects prevention?

1958

Who founded the March of Dimes?

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States.

What is the March of Dimes mission today?

To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth.

Why did the March of Dimes change its mission to birth defects prevention?

To "lead, direct, and unify" the fight against polio, a paralyzing viral disease.

What is the Apgar score?

The Apgar score, created by Virginia Apgar, MD, is a simple test of five vital life-signs administered immediately after delivery.

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+Donations and other gifts

What if I want to make a gift in honor or in memory of someone I know?

You can donate in honor of or in memory of a special someone. An acknowledgement of your generous gift will be sent to family that you chose to make a donation honor or in memory of. You can also create a virtual band through banding together to remember or celebrate someone you love.

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+Events

What March of Dimes events are happening near me?

The March of Dimes has been conducting special events for more than 60 years. These activities - formal balls, signature chef auctions and dinners, motorcycle rides, golf tournaments and March for Babies - help the March of Dimes fund cutting-edge research and innovative programs to save babies. With a wide variety to choose from, there is something for everyone! Contact your local chapter for a March of Dimes Special Event near you!

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+Funds

How much money was dedicated to programs in 2012?

With the help of volunteers, donors and partners, we raised $219 million to invest in research, education and community services.

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+Global programs

How severe is the global problem of birth defects and preterm birth?

Every year, nearly 23 million babies worldwide are born prematurely or with a serious birth defect of genetic origin. Over 4 million of these babies die before their 5th birthday and, for those who survive, many face life-long disability. While birth defects and preterm birth affect all countries, the toll is particularly high in developing countries.  For more information, see our reports on global toll of prematurity and birth defects.

Where does my money go?

Help moms and babies in your community. Donate your car, truck, van, bus, boat or motorcycle to the March of Dimes and keep us on the road to finding out what causes premature birth and birth defects. Fast, free towing from all 50 states! To ensure that your donated vehicle is headed in the right direction, follow these tips:

  • Donate only to charities with a name you know and trust. Be careful of confusing legitimate charities with others that have soundalike names.
  • Check that the charity receives at least 70% of the proceeds from donated vehicles.
  • Confirm that your vehicle will be handled by licensed and insured tow companies and dealers.
  • Limit your liability: Sign the title directly to the charity or their agent. Never leave the title blank!
  • Ask how the funds will be spent.  The March of Dimes Foundation spends 76% of activities on research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies lives.

For further information call 888-898-1144 or donate your car online today!

Thank you for your donation.

How does March of Dimes Global Programs carry out its activities?

March of Dimes Global Programs conducts its work through “mission alliances” with non-governmental partners in target countries. We offer our partners technical expertise and the extensive resources of the March of Dimes, including professional and public health education materials and tools for establishing data collection systems, public awareness campaigns and programs for education of health professionals. We conduct interventions in middle-and low- income countries to strengthen prevention of preterm birth and birth defects and reduce infant mortality. We do this in partnership with a wide variety of organizations, including the World Health Organization and other international health agencies, academic medical centers, non-governmental organizations, parent/patient organizations and other stakeholders.

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+Grants and research

How can my organization apply for local March of Dimes funding?

Contact your local March of Dimes chapter to ask for a Request for Proposal (RFP). Each year chapters award community grants to support projects that address local perinatal needs in line with the chapter’s strategic plan. Proposals or Letters of Intent are usually due to the chapter in the late summer.

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+Local programs

What programs does my local March of Dimes fund?

March of Dimes chapters support local projects aimed at helping women have healthier pregnancies. Funding from community grants enhances the availability and quality of health care and prevention services for women and their babies. For a list of specific programs funded in your state, please contact your local March of Dimes chapter.

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+Working for the March of Dimes

How can I grow my career with the March of Dimes?

We provide conferences, webinars, online training and one-on-one mentoring. We also have an internal job posting process to enable staff to learn and act on internal career opportunities. We provide relocation support for those staff members who are offered the opportunity to physically relocate.

Can you share more about the work culture at the March of Dimes?

We are a mission-driven organization with a strong local presence in all states plus Puerto Rico. The thousands of volunteers and businesses who partner with us are committed to our mission. Our work sites are professional environments with diversity of staff, high integrity and ethics, strong technology support and excellent employee benefits. Work sites provide the ability to interact with high impact community volunteers regularly.

Has the March of Dimes received any special awards recognizing its commitment to its employees?

Since 2009 the March of Dimes Foundation has received prestigious recognition from Working Mother Magazine, which named March of Dimes in its 100 Best Companies list for its parent-friendly workplace and benefits. 


Why should I work for the March of Dimes?

The March of Dimes is a major nonprofit organization committed to improving the health of babies, by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We have a rich legacy of success dating back to 1938 when our organization was founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt to defeat polio. Within 17 years, the Salk vaccine was developed with March of Dimes research funding. The March of Dimes became one of the few organizations to have defeated the threat it was established to fight. With 1,200 staff members committed to our mission in over 200 work locations throughout the United States, we engage with volunteers in communities across the country. Consider joining us in meeting our mission goals!

What career path might I find of interest to me?

Entry level positions at many of our work locations allow for career growth to leadership positions either within the location or at the state/chapter level, regional level or national level.

What employee benefits are offered?

The March of Dimes views total compensation as combination of salary and benefits.  The Foundation offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to employees.  Some of the key elements of this package include:


  • A choice of two Medical Plans:
    • 100% coverage for annual well visits
    • Disease management and wellness programs
    • Both plans include 100% Maternity coverage and well child care;
    • Competitive employer premium subsidy for eligible staff members
  • Employer funded Pension Plan (401a)
  • Pre-Tax Retirement Savings program (403b)
  • Group Dental, Life & Long Term Disability plans
  • Pre-Tax Transit, Flexible Spending Accounts and Vision plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Mom/Parent Friendly Benefits Programs including: paid time off for new parents, extended parental leave, adoption benefits.  The Foundation is proud to be a recognized mom/parent friendly workplace
  • Salary Continuation Plan, Business Travel, Workers Compensation, Pet Insurance