Officials with the March of Dimes, headquarters in White Plains, have confirmed that at least 100 employees have been laid off across the country, with less than 10 percent of that number taking place in White Plains.
"As the March of Dimes approaches our 80th anniversary, we’re taking action to transform into a modern and sustainable organization that will be around for at least the next 80 years," the March of Dimes said in a statement to Daily Voice. "After careful examination and evaluation, we have implemented structural changes to ensure that we can do our best work for pregnant women, families, and babies across the country".
The company said the layoffs will allow the organization to maximize its mission and revenue opportunities, while at the same time reduce operational expenses to create a more efficient workforce structure.
Founded in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the nonprofit organization's mission is to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
Nationwide, the organization had 1,583 employees, according to a 2015 1099 Form filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
Stacey Stewart, president of the March of Dimes, said the company has invested significant time and attention during the reorganization.
"The March of Dimes is firmly committed to our mission – working to give every baby a fighting chance and the healthiest start in life," " she said. "As the national leader for the health of moms and babies, March of Dimes must continue to adapt and transform in a more agile and modern organization.
"While difficult, we are confident that the recent changes to our operations and workforce will enable us to raise greater awareness of our mission while increasing our investments in innovative research, NICU support programs, pregnancy education efforts and community health partnerships that benefit moms and babies across the United States.”
The organization added that the layoffs have allowed it to reduce management layers, streamline staff in small, and mid-sized markets, and implement resource-sharing and centralized services.