By creating more smiles, we hope to improve health and enhance lives. And this requires more than providing exceptional dental benefits. That’s why we make it a priority to support groups, organizations and charities with the goal of building healthier, happier communities.

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of our Delta Dental enterprise. It provides funding and support to advance research, education and access to dental care across our 15-state service area plus the District of Columbia. Each year, our sponsorships include:

  • Community oral health programs and education
  • Dental clinic services for the underserved, low-income and/or uninsured persons
  • Dental and dental hygiene student scholarships
  • Local events and programs for children and adults in need
  • Scientific research related to oral health

Funding is broken down into four programs, based on type.

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Access to Care Grant

The Access to Care Grant supports nonprofit community clinics and health care programs working to improve oral health and access for underserved children and adults.

Access to Care Grant Guidelines

Oral Health Education Fund

The Oral Health Education Fund sponsors projects and educational outreach that help increase oral health awareness within populations where it’s most needed.

Oral Health Education Fund Guidelines

Scientific Research Grant

Scientific Research Grants are reserved for research related to improving oral health and the delivery of dental care, including reducing treatment costs.

Scientific Research Grant Guidelines

Community Giving

Serving those in need isn’t limited to oral health. With support from our group of companies, our Foundation has provided millions of dollars in contributions to various nonprofit groups. We also contribute to disaster relief — in 2017 we donated over $1 million in funds and dental kits to support those suffering from devastating hurricanes, earthquakes and fires.

The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

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Community Contacts


State & Local Programs:

See specific programs for contact information.

“Research and education are important components in the fight against dental disease because they address cause and prevention, not just the symptoms. The money that we spend today to finance such projects will reap dividends tomorrow in the form of improved oral health and reduced treatment costs for more people”
– John Yamamoto, DDS, MPH, Vice President of Professional Services