Delta Dental Foundation
Since it was established in 1980 as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental, the Delta Dental Foundation (formerly the Delta Dental Fund*) has provided grants totaling nearly $20 million to organizations that provide dental care for the underserved, to programs that promote the importance of good oral health, and to educational institutions to enhance dental education and research. The foundation focuses on support in these main categories:
Programs designed to make dental care available to those unable to afford it
Programs to help at-risk populations and individuals with special needs obtain dental treatment
Continuing education programs for the dental profession
Educational materials on the importance of oral health and hazards to oral health
Community-based educational programs for dental students
Continuing Dental Education
The foundation supports continuing dental education (CDE) opportunities for dental professionals.
As part of its Rethink Your Drink campaign, the Delta Dental Foundation has committed $100,000 to REPLACE existing drinking fountains at schools in Michigan with new Elkay water fountain/bottle filling stations. Selected schools will also receive water bottles for all students and staff and up to $750 to develop a campaign to encourage students to drink more water throughout the school day.
The Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support, in the form of grants, to various organizations.
Every year, the Delta Dental Foundation awards scholarships and Student Leadership Awards to students who demonstrate excellent academic and leadership skills, and who exhibit a passion for dentistry.
*The Foundation will continue to use the name Delta Dental Fund in legal documents.