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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.

I Heart Dental Charities Raffle

The MDA Foundation is pleased to report that the "I Heart Dental" Raffle, a new collaborative fundraiser this year with the Dental Well Being Foundation and Delta Dental Health Theater, grossed more than $12,000.

Winners included:
  • Ashley Rufkahr (One week at a private hilltop villa in St. John's)
  • Eduard Verch (Sportsman's Dream Package)
  • Dr. Rolfe McCoy (Border to Border Family Fun Pack
  • Dr. James Schmidt (Shop Til You Drop Shopping Extravaganza).

Special thanks to the event sponsors:
  • Platinum Underwriters: MDIS, Delta Dental of Missouri and Greater St. Louis Dental Society
  • Gold Medallion: James L. Schmidt, DDS and Associates, The Dental Anesthesia Center and University of Florida Health
  • Silver Medallion: Healthy Smiles of St. Louis, BWTP and Greater Kansas City Dental Society.

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

The Foundation awards three $5,000 scholarships to dental students each academic year. They are competitive and are based upon leadership and achievement. The scholarship program is an initiative of the MDA Foundation in cooperation with the Missouri Dental Association and Missouri Dental Insurance Services (MDIS). Applications are accepted from January to early March. A new application will be posted in January 2016.

For more information on how to apply for available MDAF Dental Scholarships, visit our Dental Students Page.

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

Awarding dental scholarships to Missouri-based students has been a hallmark of the MDA Foundation since 1999. This year the Foundation awarded three students with $5,000 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Choosing the top three from seventeen worthy candidates was difficult, but the board made these selections. Congratulations future dentists!

  • Jordan Andrejewski, St Charles West High School, MOSDOH Class of 2018. Jordan is the first ever MDAF scholarship winner in the short history of MOSDOH. She has diverse volunteer experience and a passion to help others.

  • Joshua Prather, home schooled in Rocheport, UMKC Class of 2017. Joshua has a desire for surgical training and returning to help underserved patients in rural settings similar to where he’s from.

  • Danielle West, Farmington High School, UMKC Class of 2016. Danielle’s loves serving others and is determined to be a pediatric dentist.

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

Started in 2012 and growing in funding each year, 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. To date 14 grants totalling $13,727 have been awarded across Missouri. 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.

2015 Grant Recipients: This year more than $65,000 was requested in support from a total of nine applicants. This reflects the competitive need for funding to support these important efforts because the Foundation’s total grant budget is only $5,000. After much deliberation, the Board chose to award grants to the following groups:

  • $500 grant to Delta Dental Health Theater to purchase a new educational mouth display that is light weight and able to taken on outreach programs as well as be used at the theater.  

  • $2000 grant to the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Links, Inc. to help reduce caries by 20 percent at Satchel Paige Elementary School located in a high crime, low test score area of town.

  • $2500 grant to Share a Smile With a Vet to help expand the program and to defray the cost of prosthetics that some veterans will require.

The MDAF wishes to thank all applicants for their time.

The Board plans to make changes to the criteria and awarding process in 2016. Watch for new applications to be posted in January 2016. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2016. Thank you for your interest and support in this vital program.


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. David Neal, Vice Chair
Dr. Lynne Barbour, Secretary/Treasurer


Vicki Wilbers, MDA Executive Director (non-voting)
Dr. Merle Nunemaker, MDA Immediate Past President (voting)


Dr. Bryan Foote
Dr. Cheryl Haley
Dr. Darren Mahaffey
Mr. Al Martinez
Dr. Michael Patterson

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

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