With the holiday season upon us, you are likely beginning to think about making contributions to your favorite charitable organizations. We hope that you will think about the CDA Foundation and its two flagship programs — CDA Cares and the Student Loan Repayment Grant. To donate to the CDA Foundation, click here.
The Foundation spends 88 cents of every donor dollar on direct care programs. Every $100 given to support the CDA Cares dental events provides $1,100 of treatment. During its first three events, CDA Cares provided 5,878 patients with $4.4 million in care. A fourth CDA Cares event is scheduled for Dec. 7-8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County.
The Foundation’s leveraging power is also evident in donations made to the Student Loan Repayment Grant program. In exchange for a commitment by recipients to care for the underserved, the Foundation awards selected recent graduates with a grant to help repay their educational loans of up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 over three years.
Since 2002, Student Loan Repayment Grant recipients have provided care for more than 62,000 patients, totaling nearly $16 million for individuals in underserved communities. The Foundation’s 14th recipient, Stephanie Calvillo, DDS, will be honored at the House of Delegates in Sacramento.
“These programs rely on the generosity of dentists and currently, only five percent of CDA members donate to the CDA Foundation,” said CDA Foundation Chair Donald Rollofson, DMD. “Through these programs, we shine a spotlight on the good work dentists are doing in their communities, and are educating the public, the media and elected officials about the importance of oral health. We can only achieve this with more funding from our colleagues.”
Dentists who want to maximize their donations for an upcoming CDA Cares program in Vallejo next spring will have their contributions matched thanks to a partnership with Solano County and First 5 Solano County. For every dollar donated to the program, Solano County and First 5 will match — up to $70,000 for Solano County and up to $20,000 for First 5.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to leverage $90,000 into $180,000 through matching donations,” said Rollofson. “Imagine the impact we can have and the lives we can change for so many Californians in need.”
For more information about the CDA Foundation, visit cdafoundation.org.