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Making a Difference

Through the generosity of countless volunteers and donors, the CDA Foundation has helped so many Californians in need through its two flagship programs: CDA Cares and the Student Loan Repayment Grant. In addition, the CDA Foundation has provided Dental Materials and Supplies Grants to community-based organizations to help provide access to care for California's most vulnerable citizens.

CDA Cares

CDA Cares exemplifies the best of our dental community in action. We’re impacting lives, restoring dignity and creating smiles.

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Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award

The award acknowledges and supports eligible faculty for their contributions to dental education.

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Dental Materials and Supplies Grant

The grant supports dental professionals and organizations statewide that provide dental care to underserved communities.

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Over 30,000 Smiles

About five million Californians have no dental insurance (private or public). The California Dental Association and CDA Foundation host CDA Cares, a program that allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other dental professionals and community volunteers, to provide dental services at no charge to an average of 1,950 people at each event.

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Give right from your mobile phone by texting CARE4HEALTH to 51555 at any time. 

CDA Foundation News

CDA Foundation 2020 Annual Report

At the CDA Foundation, we recognize that 2020 brought unprecedented challenges not only to the dental profession but to individuals and families throughout California because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are especially grateful for your support and generosity.

Elisa Chavez, DDS, Recipient of 2020 Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award Dr. Elisa Chavez, visionary teacher, expert in geriatric dentistry, receives 2020 Dugoni Faculty Award

Elisa Chavez, DDS, professor of diagnostic sciences and director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, has received the California Dental Association Foundation’s Dugoni Faculty Award for 2020. 

CDA Cares denture patients receive follow-up care at small clinic in Long Beach

After a two-month delay resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 individuals had their smiles restored safely at a small, volunteer-run event held Sept. 26 at the Children’s Dental Health Clinic in Long Beach. The CDA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the California Dental Association, organized the event.

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