Health—General & Rehabilitative

Virginia Dental Association Foundation

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.vdaf.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF) is to provide access to dental care to underserved Virginians.According to statistics reported by the Virginia Health Care Foundation, 3.8 million Virginians - roughly 46% of the population - have no dental insurance, and residents of 66 localities in the Commonwealth have no dental safety net provider. Medicaid, the program to cover health care costs for our lowest-income residents, does not provide dental services for adults (except in dire emergencies). Thousands of people across Virginia experience chronic pain, difficulty chewing, low self-esteem and other complications resulting from oral disease, simply because they lack basic resources such as dental insurance or personal finances to access comprehensive care.At the VDAF, we are passionate about dental care and oral health because they profoundly affect the well-being and quality of life of individuals and communities. A well-documented body of research shows the link between overall health and oral health. Poor dental health is linked to conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and in extreme cases, malnutrition. It can also affect an individual's ability to secure and maintain employment. In the U.S. alone, employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to dental disease or dental visits (National Institutes of Health, Spring 2003).We can make a difference. Through our three nationally-recognized programs -- Donated Dental Services, Mission of Mercy, and Give Kids a Smile! -- volunteers provide dental services that not only benefit people in need of care, but also communities, employers and institutions that rely on a healthy population to be sustainable and successful.

Main Programs

  1. Donated Dental Services
  2. Give Kids A Smile
  3. Mission Of Mercy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

The programs of the VDAF operate in all areas of the state. MOM projects are strategically placed in areas of high need, particularly in rural communities. However, people travel from all over, even from other states, to receive free dental care. Donated Dental Services and Give Kids A Smile! serve residents statewide.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Tara Quinn

Keywords

Self-reported

dental, oral, oral health, dentist, teeth, tooth, smile

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EIN

54-1821602

 Number

4131849093

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Diseases of Specific Organs (G40)

Diseases of Specific Organs (G40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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By garnering the resources and goodwill of dental professionals and the community at large, the Virginia Dental Association Foundation makes a difference in the lives of over 7,500 people annually through our outreach programs.With the support of generous donors and over 2,600 volunteers, 3,126 individuals received free dental care at six Mission of Mercy (MOM) projects in 2015, as well as an additional 267 senior citizens and adults with disabilities that received comprehensive, pro bono services through our Donated Dental Services (DDS) program. The total value of care delivered by these two programs alone topped $3.6 million in 2015. Also, several thousand children received free care provided at more than 30 Give Kids A Smile! events held across Virginia last year.The VDAF Board of Directors hired its first executive director in 2013 to lead the Foundation as it implements new strategies to enhance and expand its programs in the coming year. The current strategic plan focuses on four core areas that are critical to long-term sustainability - capacity building, brand awareness & education, board development & governance, and programs & events. The successful implementation of strategies in these areas will enable us to significantly expand our already strong programs. Plans for 2017 include adding a new MOM project in York, VA that will serve approximately 500 Tidewater residents. We have also recently added a part-time program coordinator to serve the Richmond Region; and are improving Give Kids a Smile! participation by offering additional resources and reporting mechanisms for children's access events across the Commonwealth.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Donated Dental Services

Donated Dental Services (DDS) provides free, comprehensive dental care for some of Virginia's most vulnerable populations -- low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. Volunteer dentists donate care in their private offices to eligible residents in their communities. Labs donate necessary appliances such as dentures, crowns and bridge work, and even implants! A network of 575 dentists and 145 labs work together to generate an average of more than $650,000 in free care annually. Operating in Virginia since 1997, the program is able to keep expenses very low since all dental services are donated. The value of care generated is more than six times the cost of operating the program. DDS is program that truly provides a high return on your charitable investment!

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Other Named Groups

Budget

$67,356.00

Program 2

Give Kids A Smile

Each year, Virginia dentists provide free oral health care services to thousands of underserved children from across the Commonwealth through Give Kids a Smile! A program of the American Dental Association, Give Kids a Smile! focuses on offering oral health education to all children while providing free preventive and restorative care to children with limited means for securing dental services. In addition to helping children, Give Kids A Smile! highlights for policymakers the ongoing challenges that underserved children and children with disabilities face in accessing dental care. The Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF) functions as an umbrella for the numerous charitable education, screening, prevention and comprehensive treatment programs held annually across our state, serving as a resource for events, aggregating the results of these endeavors, and effectively communicating them to stakeholders.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$4,814.00

Program 3

Mission Of Mercy

An estimated one-in-five Virginians live in an underserved area for dental care, and roughly 46% have no dental insurance coverage. Many residents of our State -- particularly those that are low-income, under-insured, elderly or disabled -- are often left without any dental care to face pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. In response to the lack of access to care and the resulting poor oral health of thousands of Virginians, the VDAF operates the Mission of Mercy (MOM) program. MOM projects are mobile dental clinics that bring help and hope to Virginians in need of free dental care. Up to eight clinics are held in strategic locations across the Commonwealth each year, serving over 4,000 people, primarily adults. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Terry Dickinson, the Virginia MOM program has completed 85 projects, served 59,000 patients, and provided over $38 million in care. Our MOM model has now been replicated in 26 other states and served as the inspiration for a national MOM program.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,152,672.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

The programs of the VDAF operate in all areas of the state. MOM projects are strategically placed in areas of high need, particularly in rural communities. However, people travel from all over, even from other states, to receive free dental care. Donated Dental Services and Give Kids A Smile! serve residents statewide.

Funding Needs

The VDAF's greatest needs for the upcoming year are: Volunteers with professional skills in marketing and graphic design to help execute our fundraising & brand awareness plan.New volunteer dentists, specialists, hygienists and dental assistants to "learn the ropes" and provide patient services through MOM, Donated Dental Services, and/or Give Kids a Smile. Our hope is that these volunteers will bring new energy and ideas and eventually become the next generation of leaders for dental outreach programs.A matching grant of $20,000 -- in honor of our 20th anniversary -- to encourage and increase giving from individual donors.Capital funds totaling $75,000 to replace and upgrade some of our well-used but worn out mobile dental equipment, some of which is nearly 15 years old and past its useful life. A $5,000 sponsor to cover the administrative and supply costs of operating the Give Kids a Smile! program in Virginia in 2017.

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VIRGINIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Virginia Dental Association Foundation

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Principal Officer

Ms. Tara Quinn

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Dental health affects all aspects of our lives - our general health, nutrition, and even employment. Oral diseases are among the most common health problems in the United States, and every day, thousands of Virginians suffer needlessly from periodontal disease and the pain, difficulty, and embarrassment it can cause. We are here to make a difference.As the charitable arm of the Virginia Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association Foundation garners the resources, expertise and goodwill of member dentists and the community at large to operate outreach programs that provide free, high-quality dental care for low-income, underserved and under-insured Virginians. Our programs not only benefit those in need of dental care, but also the communities, employers and institutions in our State that rely on a healthy population to be sustainable and successful.We invite you to be part of our vision in which all Virginians, regardless of income or insurance, enjoy good oral and overall health. By volunteering, making a financial gift, or providing in-kind resources, you can help us make a difference and make our vision a reality."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Patrick W. Finnerty

PWF Consulting

Term: Oct 2012 - Oct 2017

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