Behind the data

Our Impact on the Stories of
Real Families

Annual Report
2019

Download the 2019 Annual Report

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Two babies die every hour in the U.S. and one woman dies every 12 hours as a result of complications from pregnancy.

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Our stories give strength to ourselves and they give strength to other women. And each of us has a story. By coming together, our collective power can force the change that we need to reverse these statistics."


Stacey D. Stewart
March of Dimes President and CEO, and Mom

Take a look at how you made our impact possible for moms and babies in 2019.

It's not fine. But with your help it can be.

quote icon This campaign resonated with me so powerfully because that's what we were told—we were told that Kira was going to be fine. But when she went back into that operating room that was the last time I saw her alive. The state of maternal health in this country is not fine."


Charles
March of dimes dad, whose wife kira died shortly after giving birth

In 2019 we set out to increase awareness of the dangers to mom and baby health—not to scare people, but to surface the facts and use them to create change. We did this through stories. These #UnspokenStories are the heart of our supportive community for moms and families to share experiences from the joys of parenting to the heartbreak of loss. We went even further by launching #ItsNotFine, a public awareness campaign to call attention to the worsening health crisis, highlighting maternal risks and death health inequity. We invited everyone to declare it's not fine, and through real-life stories focused on moms and families, particularly in undeserved or at-risk communities.

950
Stories

#ItsNotFine generated 950 stories from women who didn't accept the statement "You'll be fine" before and after pregnancy.

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286
Honest Stories

#UnspokenStories collected 286 honest stories of pregnancy, parenthood and loss that are too often unshared.

Leading the way for
moms and babies

Before, during and after pregnancy, we supported families throughout their pregnancy journey where they needed us most. Women across the country received group medical care, prenatal education, childbirth preparation and postpartum care education in our Supportive Pregnancy Care sites. We also supported thousands of families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) through our NICU Family Support® program (NFS) and other programming and resource initiatives. NFS partners with hospitals to educate NICU families and staff, and improve the family and patient experience.

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40+

Supportive pregnancy
care sites in 19 states

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50,000+

Babies supported in
69 NICU family support
sites nationwide

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2,400+

nurses received
in-person professional
education

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480

organizations united
on collective action

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NICU Family Support was super helpful. It was great to have somebody who I felt was on our side that wasn't just a doctor or nurse."


Tiffany
NICU Mom

In 2019, the National Prematurity Collaborative took steps toward transforming into the new Mom and Baby Action Network. This results-based framework will help us identify root causes of inequitable maternal and infant health, and enable us to better align with partners to make impactful movement and measurable action toward achieving equity.

Dr. Rahul Gupta

quote icon March of Dimes is leading the effort to impact birth equity across the nation, understanding and recognizing that it takes an entire community to have an impact. And that's where the collective impact efforts start to play a role."


Dr. Rahul Gupta
SVP & Chief Medical and Health Officer Interim Chief Officer, Research & Global Programs,
March of Dimes

Changing the way
we find answers

We're rewriting the story for moms and babies to bring real world solutions to millions of families. In 2019, we evolved our six Prematurity Research Centers to a new research model targeting four of the most significant causes of preterm birth—maternal stress and environment; generic factors; inflammation and infection; and maternal comorbidities.

Researchers at Imperial College London learned that a certain microbiome species, Lactobacillus crispatus, plays a beneficial role in the maternal microbiome. This data led them to test a supplement of L. crispatus in a clinical trial with the goal of rebalancing the microbiome to be less inflammatory and prevent preterm birth.

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Preterm labor can happen for many different reasons, but one cause may be an imbalance of bacteria, With the help of March of Dimes we're exploring a simple treatment which might help to prevent preterm birth, or to improve the outcome for some babies who are born preterm."


Phillip Bennett
Director March of Dimes
Prematurity Research Centre
At Imperial College London

Speaking out and solving
challenges for families

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We advocated on

150+

State Legislative Bills
to promote the health
of women, babies
and families

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We helped advance the
Newborn screening saves lives
reauthorization act of 2019

to ensure the

4 Million

Babies born each year
continue to be screened for
life-threatening problems

The March of Dimes Center for Social Science Research—which identifies policy and program solutions that increase equity and improve health outcomes for moms and babies—estimated the societal cost of prematurity and added this data as a new feature in our 2019 March of Dimes Report Card to elevate awareness of the serious health crisis.

Giving today for a
brighter tomorrow

We wouldn't be able to provide moms-to-be with services, find research treatments or help families in their communities without support from people like you. Annette and Jim Alling represent the amazing volunteers and donors who champion our cause. In 2019 they joined the Roosevelt Society to help bring NICU Family Support to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Annette has played a critical role in raising funds for this program.

Jim and Annette
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I love volunteering as a parent mentor because I know how hard it is to have a child in the NICU. When I spend time with families in the NICU, I'm able to tell them our story and give them hope."


Annette

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The NICU Family Support program is closest to my heart, and is amazing for families in so many ways."


Jim

Inspiring action together

It's not fine that each year, thousands of families deal with complications from pregnancy and preterm birth. In 2019, communities across the nation united with us to ensure that every mom and baby has the opportunity to be healthy and strong. Our family teams, corporate partners and tens of thousands of people walked in March for Babies our largest fundraiser.

March for babies

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250

Walks

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$48M

Raised

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Everybody coming together for the same purpose, walking for the same purpose, just showing strength. It means that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That's what March for Babies means for us."


Janita
March for Babies
Family Team Member

We also hosted other inspiring events, which raised a combined $30 million, such as Gourmet Gala where legislators gathered for friendly competition and good food, and Signature Chefs that brought together leading culinary talent to create signature dishes for our supporters.

37th annual
March of Dimes Gourmet Gala

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45+

member of congress

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$1.3M

Raised

2019 Signature Chefs auction

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109

events

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$1.3M

Raised

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It's so critical for us here to support March of Dimes because Texas has one of the highest prematurity rates in the country. And so coming out and supporting March of Dimes, there's not a better cause."


Greg Thompson
West Texas March of Dimes Board Chair
(Signature Chefs - Lubbock, Texas)

Building on the support of
passionate people

For more than 80 years, we've bought high-profile personalities together to make a direct impact on the lives of moms and babies through service and collaboration. We kept that legacy strong in 2019.

Celebrating 36 years of the sports and media industries' support, our 2019 New York Sports Luncheon raised a record-breaking $1.2M, with over 800 executives in attendance for this special event. We were proud to honor: Steve Tisch, Vonn, Olympic gold medalist; and CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees.

We announced our new Celebrity Advocate Council featuring Ally Brooke, Nick Lachey, Porsha Williams and Tatyana Ali who are using their platforms to share their own personal experiences to raise awareness of mom and baby issues that aren't being talked about enough.

Ally Brooke Ally Brooke
Allyson Felix Allyson Felix
Nick Lachey Nick Lachey
Tatyana Ali Tatyana Ali
Porsha Williams Porsha Williams
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I'm involved because I have my story that I want to tell. We women can share what we've been through around pregnancies. We can help save other people's lives by pushing the initiative that we want to have many more healthy moms and strong babies."


Porsha Williams
Star of real housewives of atlanta

Our Partners

Fueled by generous support from all our corporate partners and supporters, we've achieved great strides in research advancements, advocacy wins, innovative program expansion and access to care for women—all to give moms and babies the best possible start. We've grateful for your steadfast commitment and investment in our mission.

We also recognize the following local, regional and national partners for their exemplary support throughout 2019:

$5M+

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$1-2M+

Macy's logo Pampers logo HCA Healthcare logo Anthem logo Geico logo Circle K logo EMD Serono logo

$500K+

HEB logo Zeta Phi Beta logo RB logo GE logo Alpha Phi Alpha logo Cigna logo Northside Hospital logo Amag Pharmaceuticals logo Stutter Health logo

$250K+

Famous Footwear logo UAW Ford logo FBLA logo Spinx logo PSEG logo Centerpoint Energy logo UCB logo Philips logo GM Financial logo carter's logo Longs logo Hilton logo Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield logo Big 5 Sporting Goods logo

These organizations and companies also share our commitment to improve maternal and infant health and birth outcomes.

$100K+

Advocate Aurora Health
Aetna
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
AMAG Pharmaceuticals
AmazonSmile
Angelcare
Anthem Foundation
Bank of America Corporation
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
California Department of Motor Vehicles
California Pizza Kitchen
Care+Wear
Carter’s
Centene Corporation
CenterPoint Energy
Cigna
Circle K
Cisco Systems
Citibank
City of Los Angeles
Clearblue
Comerica Bank
CooperSurgical, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Detroit Auto Dealers Association
EMD Serono, Inc.
Ernst & Young
Famous Footwear
FBLA - PBL
FedEx
Fidelity Investments
GEICO
General Electric
GiftBar
GM Financial
Greenville Health System - SC
HCA Healthcare
H-E-B
Henkel
Hilton Domestic Operating Company
International Union of Operating Engineers
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Jack in the Box
Johnson & Johnson Company
Kaiser Permanente
Kimberly-Clark
KPMG
Kroger
Longs Drug Stores
Los Angeles County
M&T Bank
Macy’s
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Methodist Hospital
Michelin North America
Mission Pharmacal
Morgan Stanley
Mud Pie
Northrop Grumman
Northside Hospital
NRG Energy, Inc.
Ontario Airport
Pampers
PayPal
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Philips North America
Premera Blue Cross
Providence Health
PSE&G
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Pura Vida Bracelets
Radius Bank
Reckitt Benckiser
Samsung Electronics
Schlumberger
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Smile Generation
Southern Company
Spinx Company
Stanley Works
Sutter Health
Swabbies
Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Health Resources
UCB
United Auto Workers
UnitedHealth Group Ultimate Software
UPMC Health System
Walmart
Wells Fargo & Co.
Wintrust Financial
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

National Service Partners

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America Gamma Sigma Sigma
General Federation of Women’s Clubs
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Kiwanis International, Key Club International
and Circle K International

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Top Ladies of Distinction and Top Teens of America, Inc.
Tri Sigma National Sorority
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc

** This list doesn't include many of our generous local supporters, however, we're no less grateful to them for their incredible support.

Roosevelt Society

Roosevelt Society members are March of Dimes' most committed and loyal individual donors who invest in our mission. Their support makes our work possible by pairing passion and commitment to solve the toughest problems.

President Circle

Mr. and Mrs. H. Edward Hanway
Dr. Richard B. Johnston, Jr.
Joe Kiani
The Lester & Sue Smith Foundation

Visionary Circle

Fourjay Foundation
Mr. Wyck Godfrey and Dr. Mary Kerr
Emma and Frederick Goltz

Leader Circle

Bashar and Brigitte Kalai
Bezos Family
Andy and Jenny Brown
Gretchen Carlson
Dan and Amy Fields
James and Pamela Grange
Jeffrey Gural
Harold C. Schott Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Charles J. Lockwood
Eli Manning
The Vince and Linda McMahon Foundation
The David B. Miller Family Foundation
Joshua Milstein
John P. Morgridge
John and Anita O’Connell
Nancy and Richard Rogers
Sue and Will Schick
Neal and Sheila Schneider
Millette and Haag Sherman
Mr. Kurt N. Simon and Mrs. Katherine L. Simon
The Richard M Powell Foundation
The Vachon Family
Hallie Vanderhider
Joseph and Clare Welch

Patron Circle

Annette and Jim Alling
David Batelaan
Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust
Greggory Burk
Jedd and Dara Canty
Kelly and Andrew Dahle
John Davis
Mr. A. Dimitrief
Sheri and Gary Dixon
Charles and Margie Eisele
Dr. John Henry Felix
Barry and Gail Finn
Bill and Audrey Fitzgerald
Mr. Gary Frank
Drs. Steven and Patricia Gabbe
Aleem and Cindy Gillani
Cindy and Brian Gorczynski
Bill and Jeanne Hall
Sharon and Tom Higgins
The Perry Foundation
Brigitte and Bashar Kalai
Jenny and Pat Kernan
Sippi and Ajay Khurana
William Kiefer
Robert Kindler
David and Cory LeNorman
Carol and Michael Linn
Todd and Lola Lott
Monica Luechtefeld
Tosha, Ken & Alexa May
McClellan Family Foundation
William McCurdy
Kevin McDowell
Hannah and Cal McNair
The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation
Milbert Mays Trust
Dan and Jennifer Montgomery
Theodore Perlman
Petrello Family Foundation
Clay and Carol Presley
Mark Puente
John D. Rainey
Mike and Diana Rapport
Pavani P. Reddy
Daniel and Sheila Rosenblum
Faiza J. Saeed, Esq.
Ruben Salinas
John and Molly Scheffey
Larry Schmill
Alicia and Lance Smith
Michelle and Alan Smith
Chris Stapleton
The Perry Foundation
The Richard K. and Lois B. Craig Family Fund
Stephanie and Frank Tsuru
Frank and José Willemsen – Van Dijk
Jack and Cindy Waldrip
Amy and Kelcy Warren
Whalley Foundation
Timothy J. White & Michelle LeCompte
Yeamans Family Foundation

Executive Leadership and
board of trustees 2019

Executive Leadership Team

Stacey D. Stewart
President and CEO
Adrian P. Mollo
SVP, General Counsel and Assistant
Secretary of the Board
David C. Damond
SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer of the Board
Alan Brogdon
SVP, Chief Operating Officer and Officer of the Board
Cindy Rahman
SVP and Chief Marketing Officer
Darlene Slaughter
VP and Chief People Officer
Andrew Coccari
Chief Development Officer
Hilary Strickland
VP and Chief of Staff
Rahul Gupta
SVP and Chief Medical and Health Officer
Interim Chief Scientific Officer, Research & Global Programs
Megan Walker
VP and Chief Volunteer Officer
Mike Wood
VP, Strategy

National Board of Trustees

Monica Luechtefeld
Chair
F. Sessions Cole, III, MD
Vice Chair
Sue Schick
Vice Chair
Harry E. Johnson, Esq
Secretary
William (Bill) A. Fitzgerald
Treasurer
Judy L. Aschner, MD
Trustee
Gretchen Carlson
Trustee
Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE
Trustee
David L. Lakey, MD
Trustee
Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Trustee
Dana W. Points
Trustee
Juan Salgado-Morales, FACOG, MD
Trustee
Frank Wall
Trustee
Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH
Trustee
LaVerne H. Council
Trustee
Sharon Mills Higgins
Trustee
Tonya Lewis Lee
Trustee
Muhammad Shahzad
Trustee
Lorna Street, MBA, CPA
Trustee
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Once I got the information around what's happening in women's health here in the U.S., I had to get involved. Healthy women make for healthy families, make for healthy communities, make for a healthy world. So that's why I'm here."


Tonya Lee Lewis
March of Dimes Board of Trustees Member

Every mom and baby
should be healthy
regardless of wealth,
race or geography.

Together
we can
reach
that goal.

quote icon We got to bring home a healthy baby. The research they've done, the campaigns that they have, the spreading of information so mothers know—that's the result of March of Dimes."


Lisa
March for babies mom