On this date in history… The March of Dimes Foundation was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 3, 1938 to combat polio. Its original name was the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
In what year was the term “March of Dimes” officially adopted as part of the organization’s name?
The organization began as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The name “March of Dimes”—coined in the late 1930s by vaudeville star Eddie Cantor as a play on the contemporary newsreel series “The March of Time”—was originally used for the foundation’s annual fundraising event that requested each child donate a dime.
During the Christmas season, booths were set up in cities where the children could drop their dime in a slot. These were out on the street and sometimes not even overseen by anyone. Gradually the name became synonymous with that of the organization.
It was officially adopted as the organization’s name in 1976, when it became known as the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. In 2007, the name became the March of Dimes Foundation.
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