Annual report

Leading the fight

In 2016 we began an important transformation in the way we work with you — our volunteers, donors, partners, employees and teams. Our commitment to leading with innovative digital materials and tools now enables us to work better, more seamlessly and collaboratively with you to combat the biggest health threats facing moms and babies. We hope you are proud to celebrate all that’s been accomplished together in just one year, including us taking a lead role to secure funding to fight Zika virus and announcing the first-ever March of Dimes Perinatal Safety Center in Texas. We share each victory with you and all the families who dream of a healthy baby.

Going forward we are addressing disparities in our nation’s premature birth rate, so we can help give every baby a fighting chance, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic circumstance. We’re also committed to the scientists and medical professionals responsible for vital research and breakthroughs at March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers that help moms and babies now and in the future. As always, we know we couldn’t do what we do without our gracious donors, volunteers and partners, whose unflagging commitment allows us to turn our plans and goals into lifesaving achievements.

Annual report 2016

The March of Dimes Foundation code of ethics commits us to accountability and transparency to the public. We communicate with our supporters, donors, and prospective donors by email, regular mail, phone and other means, both to request contributions to our cause and to educate the public about preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality, volunteer opportunities, and awareness and fundraising events in local communities throughout the United States. These efforts help advance our mission to educate women of childbearing age, their relatives and those who support them during pregnancy. As a result, in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidelines and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance, the March of Dimes allocates a portion of our fundraising costs to program services. As a nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal taxation, we ensure our donors’ money is spent as efficiently and effectively as possible. If you have any information related to material issues or improprieties that should be brought to our attention please call our 24-hour hotline: 1-800-826-6762.