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Virginia Dental Association Foundation

Changing lives, one smile at a time.

Richmond, VA   |  www.vdaf.org

Mission

The mission of the Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF) is to provide access to dental care to underserved Virginians. 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. 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.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Ms. Tara Quinn

Main address

3460 Mayland Court, Suite 110

Richmond, VA 23233 USA

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Formerly known as

Virginia Dental Health Foundation

EIN

54-1821602

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Diseases of Specific Organs (G40)

Diseases of Specific Organs (G40)

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Programs and results

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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?

Donated Dental Services (DDS)

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 nearly 400 dentists and 100 labs work together to generate an average of more than $600,000 in free care annually. Operating in Virginia since 1997, the program is able to keep expenses very low since all dental services are donated. DDS is program that truly provides a high return on your charitable investment! Since its inception, the DDS program has provided over 4,800 patients with over $17.2 million of free care.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
People with disabilities
Low-income people
People with diseases and illnesses

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

While many people can now receive oral health care through public programs, many residents of Virginia - 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. Numerous clinics are held in strategic locations across the Commonwealth each year, typically serving over 1,000 people, primarily adults. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Terry Dickinson, the Virginia MOM program has completed over 120 projects, served over 71,000 patients, and provided over $50.9 million in care. Our MOM model has now been replicated in 31 other states and served as the inspiration for a national MOM program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
Unemployed people

Where we work

Awards

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Virginia Dental Association Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Elizabeth Reynolds

Brown Reynolds Snow LeNoir Dentistry

Term: 2024 - 2024

Audra Jones

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Jessica Paarfus

Dental Hygienist

Christina Byerson

Capital Area Health Network

Stephen Alouf

Alouf Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Elizabeth Reynolds

Brown, Reynolds, Snow, LeNoir Dentistry

Kalpana Kaleswaran

Lifetime Dentistry

Anne Rowe

VCU School of Dentistry

Scott Miller

Appalachian Highlands Community Dental Center

Andrea Mousouris, JD

Hirschler Law Firm

Carla McMath, MBA, MHA

Sentara Healthcare

Charles Lee, III

Richmond City Health District

Cameron Walker

VCU School of Dentistry

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/8/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/08/2024

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.