CHARITY REVIEW
Issued:May 2014
Expires:May 2017
March Of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation - Alabama Chapter

Accredited Charity

accredited charity


(205) 824-0103
450 Century Park S STE 200B Birmingham, AL 35226-3942
http://modimes.org

accredited charity

Standards For Charity Accountability

Governance

  1. Board Oversight

    Oversight of Operations and Staff: Standard 1

    Description
    Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fundraising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

    The organization meets this standard.

  2. Board Size

    Number of Board Members: Standard 2

    Description
    Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

    The organization meets this standard.

  3. Board Meetings

    Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings: Standard 3

    Description
    An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

    The organization meets this standard.

  4. Board Compensation

    Compensated Board Members: Standard 4

    Description
    Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

    The organization meets this standard.

  5. Conflict of Interest

    Conflict of Interest: Standard 5

    Description
    No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interests with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation. Factors that will be considered when concluding whether or not a related party transaction constitutes a conflict of interest and if such a conflict is material, include, but are not limited to: any arm's length procedures established by the charity; the size of the transaction relative to like expenses of the charity; whether the interested party participated in the board vote on the transaction; if competitive bids were sought and whether the transaction is one-time, recurring or ongoing.

    The organization meets this standard.

Measuring Effectiveness

  1. Effectiveness Policy

    Board Policy on Effectiveness: Standard 6

    Description
    Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

    The organization meets this standard.

  2. Effectiveness Report

    Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness: Standard 7

    Description
    Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

    The organization meets this standard.

Finances

  1. Program Expenses

    Program Service Expense Ratio: Standard 8

    Description
    Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

    The organization meets this standard.

  2. Fundraising Expenses

    Fundraising Expense Ratio: Standard 9

    Description
    Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fundraising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fundraising efforts.

    The organization meets this standard.

  3. Accumulating Funds

    Ending Net Assets: Standard 10

    Description
    Avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities. To meet this standard, the charity's unrestricted net assets available for use should not be more than three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher.

    The organization meets this standard.

  4. Audit Report

    Financial Statements: Standard 11

    Description
    Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

    The organization meets this standard.

  5. Detailed Expense Breakdown

    Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses: Standard 12

    Description
    Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fundraising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

    The organization meets this standard.

  6. Accurate Expense Reporting

    Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements: Standard 13

    Description
    Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fundraising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fundraising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

    The organization meets this standard.

  7. Budget Plan

    Budget: Standard 14

    Description
    Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fundraising, and administration.

    The organization meets this standard.

Fundraising & Info

  1. Truthful Materials

    Misleading Appeals: Standard 15

    Description
    Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

    The organization meets this standard.

  2. Annual Report

    Annual Report: Standard 16

    Description
    Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fundraising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

    The organization meets this standard.

  3. Website Disclosures

    Web Site Disclosures: Standard 17

    Description
    Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

    The organization meets this standard.

  4. Donor Privacy

    Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy: Standard 18

    Description
    Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

    The organization meets this standard.

  5. Cause Marketing Disclosures

    Cause Related Marketing: Standard 19

    Description
    Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), (b) the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October), (c) any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).

    The organization meets this standard.

  6. Complaints

    Complaints: Standard 20

    Description
    Respond promptly to and act on complaints brought to its attention by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and/or local Better Business Bureaus about fundraising practices, privacy policy violations and/or other issues.

    The organization meets this standard.

March Of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation - Alabama Chapter meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability

Year, State Incorporated:

Stated Purpose

The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through the Campaign for Healthier Babies, which includes programs of research, community services, education and advocacy. Nationally, this organization was incorporated in New York in 1938. Locally, the Alabama Chapter was established in 1978. The North Alabama and Southern Triangle Chapters merged to become the Alabama Chapter on January 1, 1998.

The Alabama Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation maintains a Chapter and North Central Division office in Birmingham. There are five division offices which include: The North Central Division in Birmingham, The Mountain Lakes Division in Huntsville, The Central Division in Montgomery, The Wiregrass Division in Dothan, and The Southwest Division in Mobile.

To enhance the study of birth defects, the March of Dimes founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies that is now home to hundreds of top researchers. Further, the March of Dimes gives support to regional birth defects centers in universities and teaching hospitals in order that they might provide early diagnosis and improved care for babies born with birth defects. In addition to research, grants are awarded in the areas of public and professional health education and community health services.

Grants such as thats have resulted in many major advances in the past twenty-five years. Some examples include: screening tests for PKU (phenylketonuria), which causes brain damage unless treated early, development of surfactant and other effective treatments for respiratory distress syndrome, new surgical techniques to correct certain birth defects in the fetus before birth and recognition of the importance of folic acid in the diet to prevent spina bifida and neural tube defects. These victories and many more demonstrate the importance of March of Dimes investments in research.

In addition to research, the March of Dimes emphasizes public and professional health education. March of Dimes staff attend and provide materials for many health fairs. These health fairs teach about such dangers as the use of drubs, tobacco and alcohol during pregnancy and the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. Advocacy with governmental agencies is important in assuring that adequate health care is available to all. In 1998, March of Dimes advocacy efforts resulted in a federal regulation requiring that our nation's grain foods be fortified with folic acid. This is an important first step toward reducing the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects. National and local emphasis is currently being placed on the prevention of premature birth, and increasingly serious health issue for both babies and mothers.

An awareness of the mission of the March of Dimes to prevent birth defects and infant mortality is spread at forty WalkAmerica and WonderWalk sites and at over thirty special fund raising events throughout the state. Also, a mission message centered on preterm birth awareness was broadcast on television and radio stations statewide as part of an ongoing public service campaign. Available through the March of Dimes is a catalog of public health information and several samples of materials upon request.

Chief ExecutiveMr. Cory J. Thomas, State Director
Compensation
Chair of the BoardMr. Wayne Mathews
Chair's Profession / Business AffiliationHardy Services
Board Size13
Paid Staff Size19

Funds are raised through a national direct mail program, special events, such as WalkAmerica, and grants. :
Funds are raised through a national direct mail program
special events
such as WalkAmerica
and grants.

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.

The following information is based on charity financial source.


March Of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation - Alabama Chapter meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability

Year, State Incorporated:

Stated Purpose

The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through the Campaign for Healthier Babies, which includes programs of research, community services, education and advocacy. Nationally, this organization was incorporated in New York in 1938. Locally, the Alabama Chapter was established in 1978. The North Alabama and Southern Triangle Chapters merged to become the Alabama Chapter on January 1, 1998.

The Alabama Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation maintains a Chapter and North Central Division office in Birmingham. There are five division offices which include: The North Central Division in Birmingham, The Mountain Lakes Division in Huntsville, The Central Division in Montgomery, The Wiregrass Division in Dothan, and The Southwest Division in Mobile.

To enhance the study of birth defects, the March of Dimes founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies that is now home to hundreds of top researchers. Further, the March of Dimes gives support to regional birth defects centers in universities and teaching hospitals in order that they might provide early diagnosis and improved care for babies born with birth defects. In addition to research, grants are awarded in the areas of public and professional health education and community health services.

Grants such as thats have resulted in many major advances in the past twenty-five years. Some examples include: screening tests for PKU (phenylketonuria), which causes brain damage unless treated early, development of surfactant and other effective treatments for respiratory distress syndrome, new surgical techniques to correct certain birth defects in the fetus before birth and recognition of the importance of folic acid in the diet to prevent spina bifida and neural tube defects. These victories and many more demonstrate the importance of March of Dimes investments in research.

In addition to research, the March of Dimes emphasizes public and professional health education. March of Dimes staff attend and provide materials for many health fairs. These health fairs teach about such dangers as the use of drubs, tobacco and alcohol during pregnancy and the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. Advocacy with governmental agencies is important in assuring that adequate health care is available to all. In 1998, March of Dimes advocacy efforts resulted in a federal regulation requiring that our nation's grain foods be fortified with folic acid. This is an important first step toward reducing the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects. National and local emphasis is currently being placed on the prevention of premature birth, and increasingly serious health issue for both babies and mothers.

An awareness of the mission of the March of Dimes to prevent birth defects and infant mortality is spread at forty WalkAmerica and WonderWalk sites and at over thirty special fund raising events throughout the state. Also, a mission message centered on preterm birth awareness was broadcast on television and radio stations statewide as part of an ongoing public service campaign. Available through the March of Dimes is a catalog of public health information and several samples of materials upon request.

Chief ExecutiveMr. Cory J. Thomas, State Director
Compensation
Chair of the BoardMr. Wayne Mathews
Chair's Profession / Business AffiliationHardy Services
Board Size13
Paid Staff Size19

Funds are raised through a national direct mail program, special events, such as WalkAmerica, and grants. :
Funds are raised through a national direct mail program
special events
such as WalkAmerica
and grants.

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.

The following information is based on charity financial source.


March Of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation - Alabama Chapter meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability

Year, State Incorporated:

Stated Purpose

The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through the Campaign for Healthier Babies, which includes programs of research, community services, education and advocacy. Nationally, this organization was incorporated in New York in 1938. Locally, the Alabama Chapter was established in 1978. The North Alabama and Southern Triangle Chapters merged to become the Alabama Chapter on January 1, 1998.

The Alabama Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation maintains a Chapter and North Central Division office in Birmingham. There are five division offices which include: The North Central Division in Birmingham, The Mountain Lakes Division in Huntsville, The Central Division in Montgomery, The Wiregrass Division in Dothan, and The Southwest Division in Mobile.

To enhance the study of birth defects, the March of Dimes founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies that is now home to hundreds of top researchers. Further, the March of Dimes gives support to regional birth defects centers in universities and teaching hospitals in order that they might provide early diagnosis and improved care for babies born with birth defects. In addition to research, grants are awarded in the areas of public and professional health education and community health services.

Grants such as thats have resulted in many major advances in the past twenty-five years. Some examples include: screening tests for PKU (phenylketonuria), which causes brain damage unless treated early, development of surfactant and other effective treatments for respiratory distress syndrome, new surgical techniques to correct certain birth defects in the fetus before birth and recognition of the importance of folic acid in the diet to prevent spina bifida and neural tube defects. These victories and many more demonstrate the importance of March of Dimes investments in research.

In addition to research, the March of Dimes emphasizes public and professional health education. March of Dimes staff attend and provide materials for many health fairs. These health fairs teach about such dangers as the use of drubs, tobacco and alcohol during pregnancy and the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. Advocacy with governmental agencies is important in assuring that adequate health care is available to all. In 1998, March of Dimes advocacy efforts resulted in a federal regulation requiring that our nation's grain foods be fortified with folic acid. This is an important first step toward reducing the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects. National and local emphasis is currently being placed on the prevention of premature birth, and increasingly serious health issue for both babies and mothers.

An awareness of the mission of the March of Dimes to prevent birth defects and infant mortality is spread at forty WalkAmerica and WonderWalk sites and at over thirty special fund raising events throughout the state. Also, a mission message centered on preterm birth awareness was broadcast on television and radio stations statewide as part of an ongoing public service campaign. Available through the March of Dimes is a catalog of public health information and several samples of materials upon request.
Chief ExecutiveMr. Cory J. Thomas, State Director
Compensation
Chair of the BoardMr. Wayne Mathews
Chair's Profession / Business AffiliationHardy Services
Board Size13
Paid Staff Size19

Funds are raised through a national direct mail program, special events, such as WalkAmerica, and grants. :
Funds are raised through a national direct mail program
special events
such as WalkAmerica
and grants.

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.

The following information is based on charity financial source.


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