March of Dimes Foundation dba March of Dimes Manasota Chapter
WHITE PLAINS NY 10605-5201

The mission of the March of Dimes Foundation is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The Foundation carries out this mission through programs of research and medical support, community service, education and advocacy.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Monica Patel
Board Chair William Keena
Board Chair Affiliation WellCare Health Plans
General Info
Organization DBA
March of Dimes Manasota Chapter
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1950
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

We have saved the lives of millions of babies since our founding and we won't stop until we reach the day when every baby is born healthy. Our mission is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. Our researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health from premature birth, birth defects, and low birthweight


Through our work in the community, the March of Dimes aims to improve the health of mothers and babies through: education on healthy pregnancy; prenatal care and other services to reduce the risk of premature birth and other poor birth outcomes; and support for families whose babies need specialized care in the NICU. 
  1. Raise public awareness of the problems of prematurity, the number one killer of babies
  2. Decrease the rate of preterm birth


-Gave nearly 4 million babies a fighting chance 

-5.4 million dollars was invested in 530 community grants to help moms have healthy babies

-80,000 people found support at our online community for NICU families at

-$20 million was invested in research to defeat premature birth and birth defects 

-More than 70,000 families with a newborn in intensive care were offered comfort and information. 

-16,400 babies received lifesaving surfactant therapy, developed by March of Dimes researchers

-200 of the brightest minds continued to work together to find causes and preventions for premature birth at Prematurity Research Centers. 

-23 States received an A or B on the March of Dimes 2015 Premature Birth Report Card. 

-3 million people participated in March for Babies, our signature fundraising event.


Needs Statement

Top 3 Needs:

1. Community programs and comfort to families who need us 

2. Research to find the causes of serious health problems that threaten babies, uncover treatments and preventions to combat the crisis of premature birth
3. Advocacy and education efforts
Background Statement
In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt's personal struggle with polio led him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at a time when polio was on the rise. Better known as the March of Dimes, the foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, MD and Albert Sabin, MD. These vaccines effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States. 

Preventing birth defects: Our original mission accomplished, the foundation turned its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. We have supported research for surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress and helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care for premature and sick babies. Our recent Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.

Fighting premature birth: Since 2003, our fight to save babies has been strongly characterized by our Prematurity Campaign. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments The March of Dimes Foundation serves on a national level, including Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto Counties. Our span includes babies and mothers receiving care at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Manatee Memorial Hospital.  
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Medical Research
Secondary Org Type Health Care
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Premature birth is #1 killer of babies.  In our state, more than 29,000 babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation) each year, and Florida recently earned a “C” on the 8th annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. In addition, the average medical cost for a premature baby is $54,194, compared to $4,389 for a healthy one.  Preventing premature birth in Florida could mean an annual savings of up to $1.5 billion. By engaging with March of Dimes, you are playing an important role in helping to improve the health of our babies.  March of Dimes is dedicated to providing support, education, and prenatal care to ensure healthy pregnancies and full-term babies, and reducing the premature birth rate and the costs associated with an early delivery. And as a father, I can’t think of a more important cause than our babies.


William "Bill" Keena

Vice President, Integration Solutions

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Greater Tampa Bay-Lakeland Market Board Chair 

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

For more than 75 years the March of Dimes has touched the lives of millions of children.  Our organization was founded to find a cure for polio and after achieving that goal we moved on to helping improve the health of all babies.  Premature birth is the #1 killer of babies.  Help give every baby a fighting chance by joining the March of Dimes. 

Monica Patel
Executive Director
Description Babies in the NICU may have been born too small, too soon, or with a medical condition that requires intensive care. Throughout the NICU experience, parents can be involved in their baby’s care in a variety of important ways. The March of Dimes has developed the NICU Family Support program to help support NICU families during their baby’s time in the NICU. The program also educates NICU staff about the best ways to support babies, families, and each other.

Families are offered special materials including keepsake booklets for their NICU baby, a guide for parenting in the NICU, and a NICU guide. There are also materials about babies in the NICU less than 14 days, a common experience that can also be very frightening and stressful. Hospitals also receive information for extended family members such as grandparents and siblings, and materials just for dads. In addition, families can access March of Dimes NICU resources online from any device with an internet connection.

NICU Family Support also provides ongoing education for hospital staff. This education focuses on best practices in supporting families, and the benefits of appropriate family-centered care for NICU babies at every stage of development. Education for staff is based on best practices and evidence based care, to help support staff in their important role.

Budget $100,000
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Short Term Success

Mother's in the NICU learn:

  • Communication in the NICU
  • Coping with bereavement
  • Best practices to improve Skin to Skin care

Hospitals improve on:

  • Preventing staff burnout
  • Supporting Shorter Stay families
  • Working with families in crisis
Long Term Success Families have information and comfort during their experiences with NICU hospitalization of their newborn, during the transition home, and in the event of a newborn death.
Program Success Monitoring The program are measured through surveys and interviews of the mother and hospital.
Program Success Examples Data analysis suggests that parent support during their time in the NICU can be a valuable intervention. The March of Dimes NICU Family Support has been a positive influence on parent comfort and support throughout their experience.
Description  Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait is a comprehensive initiative of the Foundation’s Prematurity Campaign that includes:

• An education and awareness campaign across the United States that aims to reduce early, nonmedically-dictated (elective) labor inductions and cesarean deliveries 

• Hospital-based quality improvement programs that support and recognize best practices related to the reduction of early elective deliveries

• An intensive community program in 25 sites focused on prematurity prevention that integrates clinical and public health approaches

 The last few weeks of pregnancy are really important in a baby’s development. Major organs, like the brain, lungs and liver, are still growing. Eyes and ears are developing. He’s learning to suck and swallow. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy gives a baby all the time he needs to grow before he’s born.

The March of Dimes wants babies to get at least 39 weeks of pregnancy. For pregnant women, we offer information on why getting to at least 39 weeks is so important. For professionals, we encourage participation in quality improvement initiatives aimed at preventing premature birth, including use of the toolkit Elimination of non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries before 39 weeks. And we invite you to participate in a collaborative initiative to eliminate preventable preterm births called Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait® (HBWW). 

Budget $1,000,000
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families
Short Term Success
  • To decrease preterm births by providing resources to increase knowledge about factors that cause preterm birth
  • To change the attitudes and behaviors of providers and consumers in order to impact community-specific risk factors
  • To implement strategies to prevent preterm births 
  • Long Term Success  Prevention of premature birth
    Program Success Monitoring Interviews and surveys
    Program Success Examples  Changed behaviors of health care providers and expecting mothers/families.
    The March of Dimes is working alongside state and community teams to implement community programs to reduce premature births.  Among these community teams is a group based out of Sarasota lead by the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County.  We are working alongside this community team throughout 2017 to reduce premature births within our geographic scope. 
    Budget $20,000
    Category Health Care, General/Other Maternal & Infant Care
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Females At-Risk Populations Minorities
    Short Term Success Short term success would be establishing a prematurity prevention action plan by April 2017 and implementing programs based on said action plan.
    Long Term Success The goal for the Prematurity Prevention Partnership is to reduce premature births to 8.1% by 2020
    Program Success Monitoring Grant dispersed by the March of Dimes will be assessed throughout the grant period with site visits and one-on-one interviews
    Program Success Examples Establishing a multi-disciplinary cross-sector partnership to take a collective effort towards reducing premature birth,

    The March of Dimes wants babies to get at least 39 weeks of pregnancy. For pregnant women, we offer information on why getting to at least 39 weeks is so important. For professionals, we encourage participation in quality improvement initiatives aimed at preventing premature birth, including use of the toolkit Elimination of non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries before 39 weeks. As of January 2015, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has committed to establishing protocols that eliminate early elective deliveries in their hospital system which establishes them as a March of Dimes Banner hospital.  The March of Dimes Banner Hospital Program is supported by ACOG - American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

    The March of Dimes developed the 39+ Weeks Quality Improvement (QI) Service Package to support hospitals in implementing a successful quality improvement initiative to eliminate elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks and the Banner Program. The Service Package includes:
  • A complete, packaged solution including action-oriented guidance, data collection and reporting tools, patient education and other support services to maximize a hospital’s success in attaining its quality improvement goals
  • Grand Rounds presented by speakers from the renowned March of Dimes National Speakers Bureau
  •  Step-by-step toolkit implementation guidance provided via archived webinars presented by content leaders from across the country with expertise in perinatal care and quality improvement (CMEs/CNEs provided for selected webinars)
  • Secure web-based data portal that generates monthly and quarterly reports detailing key indicators and outlining change from previous months
  • Monthly “Ask the Expert” calls led by March of Dimes perinatal and quality improvement experts  

  • Budget $5,000
    Category Human Services, General/Other
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Families Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Females
    Short Term Success

    To reduce non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries before 39 weeks.  

    Long Term Success There will no non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries before 39 weeks. Hospitals completing the Banner Program will no longer use non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries before 39 weeks, and as a result women will have healthy, full term babies. 
    Program Success Monitoring  Non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries before 39 weeks will be recorded and tracked.
    Program Success Examples Through the Banner Program, quality improvement interventions supported by strong leadership and policy enforcement have been shown to be effective in reducing elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestational age. 
    CEO/Executive Director
    CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Monica Patel
    CEO Term Start Dec 2015
    CEO/Executive Director Email
    Experience Highly successful collaborative style executive with 17 years of fundraising, development, management and marketing experience with a proven track record of exceeding goals and objectives. Self-motivated, detail oriented, data driven and organized with extensive experience in a fast paced non-profit environment.
    Former CEOs/Executive Directors
    Senior Staff
    Mrs. Patricia Frankenberger Senior Development Manager
    Mrs. Bethany Shuman Senior Development Manager
    Staff & Volunteer Statistics
    Full Time Staff 9
    Part Time Staff 0
    Staff Retention Rate % 100
    Professional Development Yes
    Contractors 0
    Volunteers 1
    Management Reports to Board No
    CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

    March of Dimes collaborates with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to do a NICU reunion for babies and their families who graduated from the NICU.

    March of Dimes collaborates with Manatee Memorial Hospital to provide resources, education and support.


    AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2016
    Florida Agency for Health Care Administration2016
    External Assessments and Accreditations
    Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
    Risk Management Provisions
    Government Licenses
    Organization Licensed by the Government No
    Fundraising Plan No
    Communication Plan No
    Strategic Plan No
    Strategic Plan Years
    Strategic Plan Adopted 0
    Management Succession Plan No
    Continuity of Operations Plan No
    Nondiscrimination Policy No
    Whistle Blower Policy No
    Document Destruction Policy No
    Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
    Policies and Procedures No
    Multi-Media Comments by Organization The video is voiced by Chris Pratt, star of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie.  Chris is married to Anna Farris and together have a son who was born premature.
    Board Chair
    Board Chair William Keena
    Company Affiliation WellCare Health Plans
    Board Term July 2015 to July 2018
    Board Chair Email
    Board Members
    Board Members
    Bebe Agnew-Bezzeg Coventry Workers' Comp Services
    Cory Butz I+Icon Southeast
    Tim Craig Acclaris
    Cindy Driscoll All Children's Hospital
    Lisa Field Coca- Cola Beverages Florida
    Karen Howell St. Joseph's Women's Hospital
    William Keena WellCare Health Plans
    Russell Kirby University of South Florida
    Ashlee Lane Accenture
    Chris McGough Publix Super Markets, Inc.
    Debbie Moorhead WellCare Health Plans
    Kelly Renner Ernst & Young LLP
    Pam Sanders Tampa General Hospital
    Heddie Sumpter University of South Florida
    Martha Vinas Cigna
    Lutricia Woodward Citi
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
    Board Ethnicity
    African American/Black 2
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 14
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0 0
    Board Gender
    Male 5
    Female 11
    Board Term Lengths 3
    Board Term Limits 99
    Board Orientation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
    Board Meeting Attendance % 56
    Board Self-Evaluation Yes
    Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
    Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
    % of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
    % of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
    Current Year Projections
    Tax Year Start Month Jan
    Tax Year Start Day 01
    Tax Year Begins 2017
    Tax Year End Month Dec
    Tax Year End Day 31
    Tax Year Ends 2017
    Projected Revenue $2,021,118.00
    Projected Expenses $565,245.00
    Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
    Organization has Endowment No
    Capital Campaign
    Currently In a Capital Campaign No
    Campaign Purpose
    Campaign Goal
    Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
    IRS Form 990s
    Audit/Financial Documents
    Audit 2013
    Financial Review
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$40,000$0$0
    Individual Contributions$0$0$0
    Investment Income, Net of Losses($108,949)$418,691$2,015,980
    Membership Dues$0$0$0
    Special Events$0$0$0
    Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Program Expense$7,573,697$8,204,222$7,760,794
    Administration Expense$451,992$432,711$423,748
    Fundraising Expense$763,370$650,849$636,038
    Payments to Affiliates$3,338,086$3,782,144$3,418,892
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.141.42
    Program Expense/Total Expenses86%88%88%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%6%6%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Total Assets$0$35,322,104$33,846,495
    Current Assets$0$35,252,035$33,745,496
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$0$171,226$24,352
    Total Net Assets$0$35,150,878$33,822,143
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFederated Campaigns $10,285,366Federated Campaigns $10,178,661Federated Campaigns $10,473,189
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOperational Assistance $43,040Investment Income $418,691Investment Income $2,015,980
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $40,000Operational Assistance $16,225Operational Assistance $38,331
    CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
    Tax Credits No
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--205.881385.74
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
    Financials Comments
    Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the Federal 990s. For 2015, the balance sheet was missing from the 990 pages uploaded.
    Nonprofit March of Dimes Foundation dba March of Dimes Manasota Chapter
    Address 1275 MAMARONECK AVE
    WHITE PLAINS, NY 33609 5201
    Phone 813 287-2600