CDA Foundation annual report highlights impact of key programs

The CDA Foundation has published its annual report highlighting the health, hope and happiness provided to individuals in 2017 through ongoing Foundation programs, including two student loan repayment grants, the Dental Materials and Supplies Grant and CDA Cares — the volunteer-run dental clinic held twice annually in communities throughout California.

In 2017 alone, CDA Cares clinics provided $2.85 million in no-cost dental care to 3,479 people, relieving pain and infection, improving access to oral health and boosting overall quality of life.

“Thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors like you, the Foundation has enabled thousands of people who faced barriers to care to access essential dental treatment that relieves pain, restores dignity and instills hope,” said Ronald Mead, DDS, CDA Foundation Board of Directors chair.

Also in 2017, the CDA Foundation responded quickly to aid California dentists, dental staff members and component dental society staff who were impacted by the wildfires that ravaged the state in the fall. The Foundation established the Disaster Relief Grant and opened applications not only to individuals but to nonprofit dental organizations that focus on preventive and restorative care and consumer education. In total, the grant distributed $170,782 among 41 recipients.

“My family lost everything to the Tubbs fire in October ’17 and recouping is long and difficult to say the least. Your generous gift is much appreciated,” said a recipient of the 2017 Disaster Relief Grant.

The report highlights the following Foundation programs and efforts:

  • CDA Cares
  • Dental Materials and Supplies Grant
  • Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award
  • Fluoridation
  • Humanitarian Award
  • Student Loan Repayment Grant
  • Webb Family Grant

“We look forward to continuing working with our volunteers and donors to give even more to our communities throughout the years to come,” Dr. Mead said.

Read the 2017 CDA Foundation Annual Report.


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Applications are being accepted as of May 1 for the CDA Foundation’s 2018 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Given annually since 2002, the grant program helps recent dental school graduates offset the financial burden of student loan debt while they pursue careers in public or community health. The award provides up to $35,000 per year and a maximum of $105,000 over three years to be applied toward repaying the dentists’ educational loan.

CDA members or component dental society executive directors are encouraged to nominate a California-licensed dentist for the 2018 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award. Each year the Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual for his or her lifetime of volunteer commitment and leadership that has had a broad impact on oral health and the improvement of the human condition or for actions that have enabled the dental profession to respond more fully to the individual needs of people at the local, state, national or international level.

Thousands of Californians receive no-cost dental treatment at CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s biannual clinic. For some of these individuals, the treatment is life-changing, but the lives of volunteers are also changed by giving others health, hope and happiness. CDA Cares comes to Anaheim April 27–28. If you volunteer for or donate to CDA Cares, you can easily share why you care with our social media toolkit.