The current Charity Navigator rating is a lukewarm two of four stars, under the system revised three months ago. Let's not forget the suspect behavior of March of Dimes is multiplied by the commercial fundraisers it hires each year to pelt us with calls from rotating numbers.
Each Autumn our area is routinely swamped in ''MoD'' calls from InfoCision, the gorilla sized beggar firm in Akron. This season the calls are often abandoned, the ring patterns often too short for any human to respond, and when a human rep is finally caught, one hears the same tiresome misleading and scripted claim that stuffing envelopes to send to all your ''Dear Neighbors'' is somehow not the same as soliciting funds.
These non-sales calls are exempt from federal DNC list scrubbing, even though hired call centers are very much for-profit and pocket much of what their periodic campaigns collect. However, as commercial entities, the boiler rooms are expected to honor an internal no-call list and add any number upon request. Break that order, the FTC declares, and ''the telemarketer may be subject to a fine of up to $16,000.'' They are also covered to a point by other regulations for telepests, so you can kvetch about abandoned calls, bot calls to mobile phones, and so on.
Because I know very well a verbal ''shut up'' demand will either be ignored or conveniently forgotten by the next campaign, a cease-comm notice has been sent to InfoCision via USPS Certified with return card. My request was for all numbers affected to be placed on a master ''no call'' list, so that I cannot be disturbed about MoD, American Heart, American Lung, Saint Jude, and many other repeat can shakers.
See further discussion under this number: 901-881-9984