March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that. For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background, or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care they receive. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies. What began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio led to the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, better known as March of Dimes. We pioneered the vaccine research leading to the eradication of polio in the U.S., and then we shifted focus to address some of the biggest health threats to moms and babies with innovations like folic acid, newborn screening, and surfactant therapy.
Today we educate medical professionals and the public about best practices; we support lifesaving research; we provided comfort and support to families in NICUs; and we advocate for those who need us most, moms and babies. We are stronger and more committed than ever to guiding moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey. We are fighting for the smallest among us and advocating for their health each and every day. And we do so with the tools, technology, and knowledge needed to build a brighter future for us all. All of the work we do is made possible by the generous support of our donors, partners, and friends.
For over 45 years FBLA-PBL has consistently ranked as the top March of Dimes youth fundraising partner, raising millions of dollars for moms and babies.
Do you have questions about the March of Dimes and how your chapter can get started?
Check out the FBLA March of Dimes Guide, released by the 2019-2020 National Parliamentarian’s Council, which you can find at bit.ly/FBLA-MoD-Guide. You will find information on how you and your chapter can get involved, interviews with the March of Dimes staff, stories from individuals impacted by the work of the March of Dimes, and an article regarding the grants from our National Service Partner. Please also share this video in your local chapter meetings and workshops.
- Prematurity Awareness Month
Celebrate World Prematurity Day on November 17 and throughout the entire month of November by coloring your school Purple to End Prematurity! Every year, 15 million babies are born too soon worldwide and more than a million die before their first birthday. Raise awareness and show your support by coloring your school Purple—the March of Dimes color!
PAM Toolkit (Coming Soon)
- March of Dimes Grants
All FBLA and PBL states and chapters are eligible to apply for a March of Dimes grant. Grants may not be used for equipment purchases, they are designed to support programming or activities to enhance our partnership with the March of Dimes. Program or activity grant proposals must be turned in by March 1, 2022. Grant recipients must attend the grant recipient webinar and complete the grant fund reporting form. Local chapters may receive grants up to $1,500. State chapters may apply for grants up to $3,000. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges and acknowledged at the National Leadership Conference. Apply for a grant here. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.
- March for Babies Fundraising Walk
- See where your chapter is with fundraising here.
- Each spring over one million passionate walkers, in nearly 1,100 communities across the nation, walk to raise money for the March of Dimes during the March for Babies.
- See where your chapter is with fundraising here.
- March of Dimes Advocacy Network
Become an advocate and join the March of Dimes Advocacy Network to help advocate for moms and babies and have your voice heard.
Taking part in the march is easy and worthwhile! To register your chapter, visit this webpage.
- Pick FBLA, PBL, or FBLA-ML
- Find your FBLA, PBL, or FBLA-ML chapter to narrow your choices. Choose your state in the drop-down menu.
- If your chapter is not listed, visit www.marchforbabies.org/fbla-pbl and select “join a new team.” Use your team type (FBLA, PBL, or FBLA-Middle Level) along with your school name in your team title.
- Print and complete the March of Dimes Fundraising Report Form (deadline June 1).
- Also, stay tuned for the March of Dimes Kick off Webinar in January for more information.
The top 3 states in each FBLA-HL and PBL-Collegiate division and Top 3 chapters in each FBLA-ML, FBLA-HL,
and PBL Collegiate division will be recognized at the National Leadership Conference.
If you missed the March for Babies Kick Off Webinar, please click here.
- Also check out these March for Babies resources that were included within the presentation, along with these videos.