It was 1938 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the March of Dimes to combat childhood polio. Today, the nonprofit organization works to improve the health of mothers and babies, and bring awareness to prenatal issues like premature birth. Last night the organization celebrated 75 years of saving babies.

To support the work of March of Dimes, we granted a $7.5 million software donation. In thanks, we received this note from Alan Kauffman, Chief Information Officer. Read on to learn more about the March of Dimes:

“I’m thrilled about a huge donation my organization recently received from Microsoft. The total value of this donation is more than $7.5 million and helps in so many ways. Every one of our offices in more than 200 communities around the country will be better equipped to reach out to the people who need our services; to engage the dedicated volunteers who raise awareness of our mission and raise money to support it; and to represent the needs of babies at the local, state and federal level. It provides an incredible boost to a nationwide effort to improve the way our organization works while we improve the health of babies in the U.S. and around the world. And, by the way, this is not the first time we’ve had help from Microsoft — twice before as we have updated our technology, Microsoft has supported us.

The donation includes licenses for every Microsoft product we need in our work. These range from software that March of Dimes employees use every day to tools that help us collaborate with our partners and volunteers, and licenses for our central servers that will allow us to operate more efficiently and cost effectively.

Gourmet Gala Birds Eye View

The Gourmet Gala hosted by the March of Dimes on April 2013 to celebrate 75 years.

Really exciting for the IT group here is that licenses for System Center were included to help us manage and consolidate resources in our data centers to save money now and facilitate our use of cloud resources in the future. It’s so important that we maintain and improve our online capabilities. If you want to really understand what we do now with those capabilities, and imagine what we can do in the future, check out marchofdimes.com, nacersano.org and marchforbabies.org. Moms-to-be can find all the information they need to have a healthy pregnancy on our websites, and after their baby is born, we offer practical advice on newborn care, breastfeeding and so much more — including ways to stay connected to the March of Dimes through special events around the country. If something goes wrong, and a baby needs specialized treatment in newborn intensive care, we created shareyourstory.org for families who want to connect with others who understand the challenges of the NICU.

March of Dimes share your story

Shareyourstory.org is a resource for families with newborn babies in need of specialized treatment in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU).

We’re proud to offer comfort and information to families in crisis as well as up-to-date resources for our volunteers and staff, and we are extremely grateful for this donation and Microsoft’s generosity over the years.

I can’t think of anything more important than making sure babies are born healthy. Watch some of these videos and see if you don’t agree.”