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Missouri Dental Association :: Missouri Dental Foundation

The MDA Foundation (MDAF) is the charitable not-for-profit partner of the Missouri Dental Association working to create better oral health for Missourians through educational programs, access-to-care initiatives and community collaborations. Created in 1977, it's vision is “Improving Missouri Smiles”. All donations to it are tax-deductible.

Contact Information

Paul Roberts, Foundation Manager
3340 American Ave, Jefferson City MO 65109

Give to the Foundation

All gifts to the MDA Foundation are tax deductible. Thank you on behalf of the many Missourians who benefit from MDA Foundation programs.


The following are some of the projects the MDA Foundation has developed, helps fund or assists in promoting.

Children's Dental Health Month in February   

  • If you're a member dentist and want to visit a school/health fair to promote CDHM (or another event at a different time of year) the MDA can provide both a display and/or materials to help you. You can access a wealth of promotional information through the National Children's Dental Health Month website.

Dental Scholarships

  • The MDA Foundation Dental Scholarship Program is now open to receive applications. The $5,000 scholarships are for the 2014-2015 academic year. They are competitive and will be based upon achievement and need. The scholarship program is an initiative of the MDA Foundation in cooperation with the Missouri Dental Association and Missouri Dental Insurance Services (MDIS). Applications must be postmarked by March 3, 2014.

    MDA Foundation Dental Scholarship Application

Any student desiring to apply for an MDAF Dental Scholarship must be a student member of the MDA. Click here to join the MDA as a student member. For more information on how to apply for available MDAF Dental Scholarships, visit our Dental Students Page.

Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM)

  • A large scale dental clinic designed to meet the oral health care needs of patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. Learn more.

Points of Light

  • A program which strives to connect 1-year-old infants with a dental home by creating a collaborative community between pediatricians and family practitioners and pediatric or general dentists willing to perform oral examinations. Learn more.

MDA Foundation Grant

This essential grant program offers financial support to efforts that create better oral health for Missourians through educational programs, access-to-care initiatives and community collaborations. The MDA Foundation invites member dentists, or organizations you are involved with, to consider submitting a grant application for funding to support community oral health programs and initiatives.

Applications must be postmarked no later than February 15 or August 15. Grant announcements will be made within six weeks of each deadline.


In 2012, the Foundation began an endowment fund as a source of income to enhance the impact of the projects supported by the Foundation. The fund also serves as a resource to MDA members who wish to make specially designated gifts to the Foundation. Click here to read a brief description of the fund. Like all endowments, the principal is to remain intact in perpetuity. If you or your attorney or accountant wish to review the policies governing the setup of the MDAF Endowment or the spending policies for the endowment, please contact Denise Lehmen.

Foundation Board


Dr. M. Elwood Rice, Chair
Dr. Cheryl Haley, Vice Chair
Dr. David Neal, Secretary/Treasurer


Vicki Wilbers, MDA Executive Director


Dr. Lonnie Feagan
Dr. Bryan Foote
Dr. Darren Mahaffey
Al Martinez
Dr. Michael Patterson

Dr. Joel Pratt
Dr. Danielle Riordan
Dr. William Seaton
Ryan Swift
Greg Russell, MDIS Executive Vice President

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