March of Dimes Foundation – Richmond, VA
Recruit, orient, train, and monitor performance of volunteers to organize events that meet or exceed the established fundraising goals. Develop a… Monster.com
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I worked at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)
I worked at the March of Dimes for two years. The first year, I really loved it - the mission does sound fantastic and the organization has an incredible history. It was inspiring to realize what a difference March of Dimes made in the fight against polio.
The organization is really struggling. Talented, great people are leaving in waves. There is a toxic fundraising culture with archaic fundraising practices including dime mailings and robo-calling. The employees are virtually abused, pressured to give portions of their salaries back to the organization and fundraise year-round. Even once-great awareness initiatives like World Prematurity Day are becoming monetized. Only 1/5 of the $100 million raised each year goes to research - the rest goes to intangible things like advocacy, the cost of fundraising, and the bloated overhead caused by having over a hundred offices. Instead of taking stock and closing shop, March of Dimes continues to try to be relevant in an increasingly competitive nonprofit space, while failing to make a real difference.
Advice to Management
You cannot fundraise for the sake of fundraising. Focus on the mission. Dr. Howse needs to retire. Instead of scaring employees, make the cuts where you need to and focus on rebuilding. Drawing it out over two years is extremely toxic to everyone.