Community Improvement, Capacity Building

North Dakota Dental Foundation

Spreading healthy smiles

FARGO, ND   |  https://nddental.org

Mission

Promote oral health for all

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Michael Jon Little

Main address

4141 28TH AVE S

FARGO, ND 58104 USA

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EIN

36-3487515

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In a 2017 study, only 49% of North Dakota’s rural, low income and Native American 3rd graders claimed to have their own toothbrush at home. Children who see a dentist may be sent home with a toothbrush, floss, & paste after an office visit; however there are many kids across North Dakota who have not been to a dentist or can’t afford a simple toothbrush. We know that the brushing habits children develop at home in between office visits have a significant impact on their overall oral health.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Kids Toothbrush Project

We know that the brushing habits children develop at home in between office visits have a significant impact on their overall oral health. You likely send children home with a toothbrush, floss, & paste after an office visit; consider all of the kids across North Dakota who have not been to a dentist or can’t afford a simple toothbrush. In a recent study, only 49% of North Dakota’s rural, low income and Native American 3rd graders claimed to have their own toothbrush at home. The North Dakota Dental Foundation is here to help. We’ve developed a straightforward approach called Kids Toothbrush Project. We collect both cash and in-kind donations to supply low-income & education-based child care centers, schools and organizations with toothbrush kits (toothbrushes, floss, paste, and education).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

On September 28-29, 2018, the North Dakota Dental Foundation and the North Dakota Dental Association sponsored a dental Mission of Mercy at the Bismarck Event Center. We served 916 patients. 570 volunteers (110 dentists, 48 hygienists, 105 assistants, and 4 lab techs) were supported by 120 cash and in-kind donors to provide urgently needed care, valued at $565,000, to 916 low-income patients.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$175,000

The Dental assistant workforce initiative increased applications to NDSCS dental assisting program by 55% from 2018 - 2019! We know dental assistants are vital to a dental practice. They may take patient vitals, clean prosthesis, take impressions, apply meds, take patient history, and do impressions. To be able to take radiographs, dental assistants need to become qualified. To practice even more expanded functions dental assistants need to become registered. Currently, there is a significant shortage of dental assistants in North Dakota. In 2017, 70% of North Dakota dentists tried to hire a dental assistant and 40% were unsuccessful. The North Dakota Dental Foundation is here to help. In partnership with the North Dakota Dental Association and the North Dakota State College of Science we created a program Dental Assistant Workforce Initiative. Dental assistant workforce initiative takes three actions:: 1) Connect local dental assistants with high school students 2) Advertise to high school students 3) Pay for chair-side trained dental assistants to become DANB certified.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$33,000

Dental Rental propels passionate providers to provide charitable dental care in their communities. We know you became a dentist to care for others. You do this every day in your own practice, making a difference and helping your patients. We know you also want to help patients outside of your practice through outreach activities, but there are some very real challenges such as the cost of purchasing portable dental equipment. The North Dakota Dental Foundation is here to help. We have the following equipment available to support your charitable outreach : 1) Compressors 2) X-rays 3) Chairs 4) Stools 5) Trays If you want to participate specifically in a school sealant program, we run all coordination through the ND Department of Health's Seal!ND program. Simply contact Seal! ND Prevention Coordinator Toni Hruby at tlhruby@nd.gov.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$150,000

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

916 North Dakotans received free dental care at a 2-day-biannual volunteer clinic at the Bismarck Event Center on September 28-29, 2018.

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

There is a shortage of dental assistants in ND. In 2017, 70% of ND dentists tried to hire a DA and 40% were unsuccessful. We pay chair-side trained DAs to train for & take the DANB exam.

Number of dental care products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Kids Toothbrush Project

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In a 2017 study, only 49% of North Dakota’s rural, low income and Native American 3rd graders claimed to have their own toothbrush at home.

Number of students receiving dental care in a school setting.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of children receiving oral health education and a screening in a school that is 45% or higher on the free and reduced-fee school lunch program.

Number of patients served at the North Dakota Mission of Mercy.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Of 916 patients served in 2018, 98% listed cost as one of the reasons they had not received the dental care needed, 73% reported having no insurance to pay for dental care, and 43% had dental pain.

Percent increase in applications to ND's only dental assistant program from last year to this year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Currently, there is a significant shortage of dental assistants in North Dakota. In 2017, 70% of North Dakota dentists tried to hire a dental assistant and 40% were unsuccessful.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The North Dakota Dental Foundation has developed a straightforward approach called the Kids Toothbrush Project where our goal is to supply North Dakota kids with toothbrush kits (toothbrushes, floss, & paste).

Our primary strategy is to form a sustainable supply chain through partnerships to give away toothbrush kits (toothbrushes, floss, & paste) to children from across North Dakota. We collect both cash and in-kind toothbrush kit donations from national partnerships to supply low-income & education-based child care centers, schools and organizations with toothbrush kits (toothbrushes, floss, paste, and education). Specifically our supplier partnerships include: Patterson Dental Company where sales staff assist in smile drives with dental practices; America's Toothfairy who donates supplies through SmileMakers; & the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program. We then partner with distributors: Great Plains Food Bank who distributes toothbrush kits to low-income kids through their school backpack program, food banks and shelters across the state; Head Start North Dakota who cares for low-income preschool children; the Great North Pole; and individual schools.

The North Dakota Dental Foundation has established an annual budget cost center tied to endowment funds, a full-time staff member, supplier partnerships, distributor partnerships, & a volunteer team of over 35 "brush boosters" to ensure this project will continue in perpetuity.

Number of toothbrushes given away. Partner with the ND Department of Health, Oral Health Program to conduct another study of North Dakota’s rural, low income and Native American 3rd graders to see if the percent of those who claim to own a toothbrush has increased.

Since 2017, we've given away over 46,000 toothbrushes through the Kids Toothbrush Project.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: suggestion box/email, website portal.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    We learned that young elementary students wanted an entire oral health kit instead of just a toothbrush, so we expanded our offering to provide more resources.

Financials

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North Dakota Dental Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Robert Lauf

Kristin Kenner

John Clayburgh

Mike Kudrna

Carla Schneider

Dawn Williams

Luke Trapp

Shelly Peterson

Chanel Malone

Brent Holman

Cheri Kiefer

Kami Dornfeld

Chris Schmaltz

William Sherwin

Michael Little

Robert Lauf

Keywords

dental care, access to dental care, education, workforce development