Overview

In June of 2015, the March of Dimes joined with the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Duke to launch the fifth prematurity research center aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of premature birth. This demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of accomplished directors, investigators and faculty as they come together in this transdisciplinary and cross-institutional effort to solve the mysteries of premature birth. This team will collaborate with the other four centers as they pursue the challenging questions of what causes premature birth, and specifically address five interrelated transdisciplinary research themes around gene regulation.

Premature birth is the most serious threat to a newborn’s health. In 2003, research into the causes and prevention of prematurity became a primary focus at the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke is the latest advance in that effort.


With more than 30 scientists, researchers, physicians, faculty and staff coming together to address this one issue, the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke joins one the largest and most wide-ranging scientific inquiries ever created to solve the mystery of premature birth.


One in nine babies is born prematurely in the United States each year, and more than 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide every year. Here’s how you can help our efforts to give every baby a healthy start.

Give to the Prematurity Research Center

As a contributor to the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke, you can join in the fight to prevent premature birth. Your gift will support the work of our outstanding scientific team as they endeavor to make unprecedented breakthroughs to find answers.

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Make a Onetime or Monthly Gift Online

You can make an online onetime or monthly gift to help fund the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke. Please click on the purple box that says “I’d like to make a donation to prematurity research” and you will be connected to our online, safe and secure donation form to make your gift.

Make a Stock Gift

When you make a stock gift, you not only get an income tax deduction equal to the market value of the stock on the contribution date (by taking the average of the high and low prices that day), you also avoid the capital gains tax.

Make a Planned Gift

Plan now to leave a legacy of hope for healthy babies. We can help you combine your philanthropy with financial planning for the future.

The two most common ways to support the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke is through your estate plan or by making your current giving level permanent. A planned gift allows you to retain control of your assets and take advantage of tax laws. A well-designed plan can reduce your taxes, allowing you to leave more to your beneficiaries.

If you are interested in making a gift at a later time, a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust can provide a predictable income partially tax free and at a more favorable rate than a commercial annuity.

You might also consider naming the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke as a beneficiary of a specific asset or a part of your estate or residual estate.
The most common vehicles are an unused portion of your retirement plan, such as an IRA, 401(k)
or 403(b); a life insurance policy; and financial accounts that can include a bank, brokerage account or CD.


Contact Us

For more information on making a gift, including a planned gift, stock gift or other gift such as real estate, please contact

Maureen A. Fitzgerald
Vice President
Individual Giving

March of Dimes
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: (914) 997-4448
Email: mfitzgerald@marchofdimes.org