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The March of Dimes charity, which frequently describes its name on your caller ID as “MOD,” has been phoning frantically leading up to the Christmas holiday. The ten phone numbers I have seen from them, and blocked since 10/18/11, include 240-210-7121, 410-202-0116, 571-261-0034, 804-234-9034, 914-368-2551, 914-368-2553, 914-740-1892, 914-740-1895, 914-740-1896 and 914-740-1897.

I’d recommend that everyone who receives one of these calls block these numbers or, if you have no call blocking telephone equipment, that you simply not answer the phone.

How good a charity is the March of Dimes? The following description of “MOD” is from the current Wikipedia article:

The March of Dimes has been described as a bureaucracy that has taken on a life of its own through a classic example of a process called goal displacement. Faced with redundancy after Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine, it adopted a new mission, "fighting birth defects", which was recently changed to a vaguer goal of "breakthrough for babies", rather than disbanding.

Charity Navigator has given the organization a rating of one out of four stars based on its financial filings, meaning "Fails to meet industry standards and performs well below most charities in its Cause." It also notes that the president Jennifer Howse was paid $633,132 in 2010.

--- End of excerpt from current Wikipedia article ---

How much money could be left for those who really need some help after paying the March of Dimes president over $600,000 per year and absorbing the expense of the vicious phone call campaign they are putting on just now? Please make your donations locally to a legitimate charity that will spend most of it on those who are in dire need rather than on lining the pockets of the charity officers and other “administrative expenses.”
Bill
 Dec 18th, 2011
The March of Dimes charity, which frequently describes its name on your caller ID as “MOD,” has been phoning frantically leading up to the Christmas holiday. The ten phone numbers I have seen from them, and blocked since 10/18/11, include 240-210-7121, 410-202-0116, 571-261-0034, 804-234-9034, 914-368-2551, 914-368-2553, 914-740-1892, 914-740-1895, 914-740-1896 and 914-740-1897.

I’d recommend that everyone who receives one of these calls block these numbers or, if you have no call blocking telephone equipment, that you simply not answer the phone.

How good a charity is the March of Dimes? The following description of “MOD” is from the current Wikipedia article:

The March of Dimes has been described as a bureaucracy that has taken on a life of its own through a classic example of a process called goal displacement. Faced with redundancy after Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine, it adopted a new mission, "fighting birth defects", which was recently changed to a vaguer goal of "breakthrough for babies", rather than disbanding.

Charity Navigator has given the organization a rating of one out of four stars based on its financial filings, meaning "Fails to meet industry standards and performs well below most charities in its Cause." It also notes that the president Jennifer Howse was paid $633,132 in 2010.

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How much money could be left for those who really need some help after paying the March of Dimes president over $600,000 per year and absorbing the expense of the vicious phone call campaign they are putting on just now? Please make your donations locally to a legitimate charity that will spend most of it on those who are in dire need rather than on lining the pockets of the charity officers and other “administrative expenses.”
Bill
 Dec 18th, 2011
The March of Dimes charity, which frequently describes its name on your caller ID as “MOD,” has been phoning frantically leading up to the Christmas holiday. The ten phone numbers I have seen from them, and blocked since 10/18/11, include 240-210-7121, 410-202-0116, 571-261-0034, 804-234-9034, 914-368-2551, 914-368-2553, 914-740-1892, 914-740-1895, 914-740-1896 and 914-740-1897.

I’d recommend that everyone who receives one of these calls block these numbers or, if you have no call blocking telephone equipment, that you simply not answer the phone.

How good a charity is the March of Dimes? The following description of “MOD” is from the current Wikipedia article:

The March of Dimes has been described as a bureaucracy that has taken on a life of its own through a classic example of a process called goal displacement. Faced with redundancy after Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine, it adopted a new mission, "fighting birth defects", which was recently changed to a vaguer goal of "breakthrough for babies", rather than disbanding.

Charity Navigator has given the organization a rating of one out of four stars based on its financial filings, meaning "Fails to meet industry standards and performs well below most charities in its Cause." It also notes that the president Jennifer Howse was paid $633,132 in 2010.

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How much money could be left for those who really need some help after paying the March of Dimes president over $600,000 per year and absorbing the expense of the vicious phone call campaign they are putting on just now? Please make your donations locally to a legitimate charity that will spend most of it on those who are in dire need rather than on lining the pockets of the charity officers and other “administrative expenses.”
Bill
 Dec 18th, 2011
The caller i.d. says either MOD or March of Dimes. Call back the phone number - it was an automated message when the phone picked up. Press 1 to "Learn More About the March of Dimes" and then press 3 to remove your phone number. You'll have to enter your phone number but listen carefully when it's repeated back to you because it didn't get my phone number right several times. It said it will remove your phone number from the system within a few days. These guys have driven me nuts for the past couple months. They start calling shortly after 8 a.m. and keep calling numerous times throughout the day until almost 9 p.m. I have an unlisted number and am on the DoNotCall Registry - I shouldn't have to unplug my phone before bed to be able to sleep in on Saturday. I called every single number that said MOD/March of Dimes that was stored on my caller i.d. and entered my phone number so we'll see.
Karen
 Dec 12th, 2011
I really do not think this is march of dimes they call so many times a day I lost count who ever it is stop calling.
patty
 Dec 03rd, 2011
I'm sure that the legit arm of the March Of Dimes doesn't seek to solicit funds for the children repeatedly before 8AM. This is their 5th Attempt! Anyone care to guess how much they will be likely to receive on their 7th or 8th call?
naivepilgrim
 Dec 02nd, 2011
They call at least once each day; never leave a message.
Joan
 Nov 12th, 2011
8 Calls in one week. See also 740-1895, 368-2553, 368-2551
Ken22
 Nov 08th, 2011
MOD? Maybe. But most likely a telemarketer who keeps 90% or whatever of the money donated. If I want to donate I can give a payment directly to MOD and they would receive 100% of the money. Unfortunately for MOD my policy is to never do business with any organization that uses unsolicited telemarketing calls.
FD
 Oct 31st, 2011
I asked them to remove my number from there calling list. They said they would, so we'll see. This crap is getting old.
Lyle Hensley
 Oct 29th, 2011
Third time this number has called, but everytime I pick up the phone, they disconnect
SneakySis
 Oct 27th, 2011
same as comments from others. calls a few times each week, no messages are left or they hang up as soon as I pick up phone. Too bad, lazy telemarketers are doing nothing more than falsifying their number of calls made in order to make their quota/score card. Been ther, know people who have done that.
RG
 Oct 27th, 2011
So stop being polite, JoJo. Your actual caller is very likely commercial fundraiser InfoCision, a long time hired gun of March of Dimes. Charity calls are exempt from DNC list scrubbing, but as a for-profit firm, such a fundraising call center must add your number to an internal no-call list on demand. I would make my demand via USPS Certified with return card.
Resident47
 Oct 03rd, 2011
Yes, it is the March of Dimes. They never leave a message and when you do answer and tell them that you are not interested in going out to your neighbors to raise money they get very pushy and then they still keep calling back. I have politely asked them not to call me. It doesn't work.
JoJo
 Oct 03rd, 2011
Has called at least three times,same time of day,does NOT leave a message.All numbers are changed slightly to get around my "call Blocking" phone.Caller ID reads MOD then the number.Yonkers NY?..or just NY?Numbers are:914-368-2553..914-368-2551..914-740-1897tis has GOT to be a SCAM!
RCCL
 Sep 23rd, 2011
They call twice a week or more....never leave a message
TC
 Sep 09th, 2011

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