How Is the March of Dimes Funded?

by Sylvia Cochran

Online Donations

Individual donors may access the March of Dimes website (a link is provided in the resources) and use their credit cards to contribute to the organization. You may donate funds in memory of a loved one, in honor of someone, or you may simply offer your contribution without recognizing another individual.

"Change for America's Babies:" Loose Change Donations

"Change for America's Babies" is an effort to help small donors think big; this makes it a perfect classroom or Sunday school project. The March of Dimes suggests that you schedule a coin drive, set up a big change jar at the facility of your choice, and then urge participants to hunt for loose change in their homes, pockets, under the seat cushions of the sofa, and anywhere else they can find it. When the jar is filled, you take it to a March of Dimes coin collection center near you. The organization has a zip code locator (link is provided in the resources) to help you find the one closest to you.

Partnerships with Outside Organizations

The March of Dimes has entered into partnerships with a number of well known national organizations. This permits members of these outfits to become involved in fundraising efforts without first having to affiliate themselves individually with the March of Dimes. Some of the most well known clubs and groups are the Kiwanis International, Future Business Leaders of America, and also assorted fraternities and sororities.

Business Volunteers Host Fundraisers

Business leaders utilize their contacts and specialties to draw crowds and donate the proceeds to charity. An example is Chef Thomas Keller who held the 2007 New York Gourmet Gala and raised about $405,000 in the process.

Funding From Investments

The organization's financial statement (link is listed in the resources) reveals that it receives ample funding from its investments, and it is also the beneficiary of several perpetual trusts.

About the Author

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

Photo Credits

  • National Library of Medicine/Wikipedia