Annual report


Eighty years of fighting for the health of every family has made us the strong and reliable organization we are today. The world has changed so much since our founding, but our work is more crucial than ever. With the preterm birth rate on the rise for the third year in a row, we are accelerating our search for new interventions and solutions to address its biological and social causes.

We celebrated several historic advances in 2017, including a significant research breakthrough and six state-level advocacy wins that will help give moms and babies the best possible start. Experts at our March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers are zeroing in on the genetic factors that may influence risk of premature birth. Advocates across the country are celebrating new state laws that guarantee healthy work environments for moms-to-be.

And throughout the year, our supporters met, tweeted, comforted and fundraised with one another—at local events like March for Babies and with stories shared across social media. The connections formed among families, staff and volunteers revealed the many ways that premature birth and its consequences affect families and individuals, and highlighted the need for more attention to this urgent health crisis for moms and babies. 

Annual report 2017

The March of Dimes code of ethics commits the organization to a standard of 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 lead the fight for the health of moms and babies by educating 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, 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.