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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
573-634-3436

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.

Projects

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

I Heart Dental Charities Raffle

The I Heart Dental Charities Raffle is a collaborative fund raising event for three great dental charities at the GSLDS Mid-Continent Dental Congress! Winners will be drawn at Happy Hour on Thursday, November 13, 2014. You don't need to be present to win and you don't have to attend GSLDS Mid-Continent Dental Congress to enter, BUT you do have to buy tickets to have a shot at winning. Click here to purchase now! Tickets will be available online until 5pm Tuesday, November 11 and will be available to purchase on-site until 5 pm Thursday, November 13. Show your love for the profession, support three great charities and enter to win fabulous prizes!

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 awarded $5,000 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year 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 for the 2015-2016 academic year will be posted in early January 2015.

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.

2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients

Awarding dental scholarships to Missouri-based students has been a hallmark of the MDA Foundation for close to three decades. This year in an effort to provide substantial aid and encourage competition, the Foundation decided to award three students with $5,000 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. The change worked because we had 19 total applications from the two dental schools in Missouri. Choosing the top three from so many worthy candidates was difficult, but the board made these selections. Congratulations future dentists!

  • Corey Hastings, Troy/Buchannon High School, UMKC Class of 2016
    Corey would like to enter a pediatric residency program and practice in a small town similar to his.

  • Albana Kallmi, St. Louis/Metro Academic & Classical High School, UMKC Class of 2015
    Albana's long-term goal is to open a small, multi-lingual group practice in St. Louis.

  • Aaron Strange, Ironton/Arcadia Valley High School, UMKC Class of 2017
    Following graduation, Aaron would like to return to Ironton to practice.

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.

Notice:  Thanks to high interest, all grant funds for 2014 have been appropriated. You may still apply to be considered when 2015 funds become available.

Endowment

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

Officers

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

Ex-Officio

Vicki Wilbers, MDA Executive Director

Directors

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

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

 
 
 
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