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Celebrating 15 Years of Impactful Funding, Together

Thanks to your unwavering dedication and support, the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is proud to celebrate 15 years of funding grants that have positively impacted hundreds of thousands of Americans.

The Foundation was established in 2000 after the publication of Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. In 2002, in conjunction with the Santa Fe Group, the Foundation funded the first of many research and service-oriented projects. Thanks to your generous pledges and donations, as well as your support of the annual DTA Foundation Auction, that number has grown to more than $2 million in grants and scholarships to 62 dental students and 92 oral health programs.

DTA Foundation grants provide seed funding to innovative pilot projects designed to broaden awareness of oral health's impact on overall health and increase access to oral health care for the growing number of Americans in need. The scholarships, established in 2012 thanks to a $250,000 donation from The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation, recognizes dental students who have an established commitment to community service by providing $5,000 in financial support to rising third or fourth year dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in dentistry, financial need and a commitment to community service.

“Thank you for providing me the resources to excel in dental school. I'm am humbled and inspired by your generosity,” said Dr. Joseph DePalo, who received a 2015 scholarship while he was attending the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

“Support from DTA Foundation has allowed the SmileConnect community to move outside of Michigan, officially launching our nationwide expansion,” said Haley McDermott, outreach coordinator for 2016 grant recipient, Altarum. “With DTA Foundation’s support, the SmileConnect community has developed strong partnerships with dental and dental hygiene schools, oral health manufacturers, and philanthropic organizations- relationships critical to addressing each state’s unique oral health climate and needs. ... All of this was possible because of DTA Foundation’s support, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

To continue this good work for another 15 years and beyond, the DTA Foundation is accepting donations of items for its 2017 Silent Auction, which last year raised more than $115,000 for scholarships and grants. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised at the auction will support the DTA Foundation’s mission. Some possible donation ideas include:  

  • A weekend at your summer or winter home
  • Sports tickets
  • Tickets for shows or events
  • Jewelry and accessories
  • Outdoor or sports gear
  • Electronic and tech gadgets
  • Unique and one-of-a-kind gifts

Donor logos and names will be prominently displayed on the DTA Foundation website, mobile bidding app, and on printed auction materials. Click here to donate an item to the DTA Foundation auction.