Watchdog Group Honors March of Dimes
Outside Experts Rank March of Dimes at the Top
White Plains, New York | Friday, February 28, 2014
The March of Dimes is being honored as a top charity by Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, it was announced today. Philanthropedia is a web-based nonprofit group that rates charities according to their financial responsibility and outstanding work, helping donors to give wisely.
“We are pleased and humbled to be cited by Philanthropedia experts as a top nonprofit in our field,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Since our founding by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to find a vaccine to prevent polio, we have endeavored to achieve mission results and a high standard of excellence. Our mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.”
Philanthropedia’s panel of 74 experts identified the March of Dimes as 1 of 16 high-impact nonprofits working in the field of people with disabilities, and named it second in that category. Starting in 1955 with a signature victory to eliminate polio in the United States, the March of Dimes has led many successful public health campaigns that improved infant health, including:
Reducing serious birth defects of the brain and spine by 26 percent through folic acid fortification of the nation’s grain foods in the late 1990s;
Bringing mandatory newborn screening programs to every state to ensure that each baby is tested for more than 30 conditions that, if undetected and untreated, can lead to serious disability or death;
Launching a nationwide prematurity prevention campaign. The March of Dimes recently announced that the U.S. preterm birth rate dropped for the sixth consecutive year in 2012 to 11.5 percent, a 15-year low.
In addition to this new honor, the March of Dimes is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and meets all 20 standards listed on the BBB Wise Giving Alliance website give.org.
“We are very proud of our fiscal stewardship,” added Dr. Howse. “We receive financial support from more than 3 million volunteers, thousands of corporate sponsors, and state and federal agencies. With this support, we fund the innovative research, education, and community programs that are designed to deliver results and bring us closer to that day when every baby in every community is born healthy.”
Seventy-six cents of a dollar raised by the March of Dimes supports its programs. For more information, see the March of Dimes entry on GuideStar.org or visit the marchofdimes.org website to see a graphic on how your donations are being used to support lifesaving research and programs. Watch and share this short animated video that also shows donors where the money goes.
About March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.