Because Every Baby Deserves a First Birthday
First Candle is a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival. With help from a national network of partner organizations, we are working to increase public participation and support in the fight against Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other causes of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).
Given the magnitude of our mission, First Candle believes that success in saving babies’ lives will be enhanced through strategic partnerships, collaboration and coalition-building. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors, employ a top-notch staff to manage our programs and services and utilize a national network of members and partners to support our efforts to provide every baby with the best possible chance to survive and thrive.
First Candle is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Recently ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, First Candle also meets all guidelines as set forth by the Better Business Bureau and is listed in its Wise Giving Guide. We are proud of our ongoing record of maintaining administrative costs below the industry standard of 25.