Since the reformatting of the Minnesota Dental Foundation in the early 2000s, the funds have grown significantly thanks to the generosity of thousands of individuals who support our mission to eliminate unmet oral health needs in Minnesota by:
Initiating and supporting outreach programs that provide dental services to underserved populations and communities;
Encouraging and supporting volunteerism within the profession;
Promoting careers in dentistry, especially in underserved areas.
Foundation funding requests come from organizations that provide dental services to adults and children throughout the state such as low-income families, the homeless, elderly, immigrants and people with disabilities. Requests also come from dental health education programs. Foundation funding recipients are selected on the basis of two primary criteria: demonstration of financial need and the at-risk population served. Foundation grants have made dental care possible for thousands of people in all parts of Minnesota.
Here is a sampling of the many organizations and programs the Foundation has supported with direct grants and in-kind services: Give Kids a Smile, Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Donated Dental Services, and Minnesota based non-profits that have an interest in oral health care for the underserved.
In just a few years, we have made remarkable progress toward the Foundation’s vision to eliminate unmet oral health needs in Minnesota. But there’s a great deal more to be done. In these challenging economic times, the need is greater than ever and annual requests for funding continue to increase.
Each first-time contribution, annual donation and estate plan gift strengthens the Foundation’s endowment and its ability to support deserving programs. Every gift counts and every gift is needed to help us sustain our profession’s leadership in giving.
You can also give directly on the Minnesota Dental Foundation web site. Visit https://www.mndental.org/about/foundation/give/
We hope we can count on your new or continuing financial support.