Dallas County Dental Society Foundation

aka DCDS Foundation   |   Dallas, TX   |  https://www.dcdsfoundation.org/

Mission

In 1998, DCDS formed Dallas County Dental Society Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life in our community by promoting improved access to oral health care, education and research.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Jane Evans

Main address

13633 Omega Rd

Dallas, TX 75244 USA

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EIN

75-2790709

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Most oral diseases are preventable in part with regular visits to the dentist. The CDC reports that in Texas in 2018, 60% (median) of adults aged 18 years and up, and 81% of children reported having a dental visit in the past year. The rate has remained essentially unchanged over the past few years. Access to oral health care is associated with various socio-demographic characteristics and geographic location. DCDS Foundation works to reduce health disparities and improve the oral health outcomes.

Our programs

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

Tooth Talks

When school kicks into gear, so do we! Volunteers give Tooth Talk presentations (oral health discussions) at local elementary schools in coordination with the Dallas Dental Hygienists’ Association, with supplies provided by the DCDS Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Children

Give Kids A Smile, an American Dental Association (ADA) program, brings dentists and other volunteers together to provide screenings, treatments and education to underserved children throughout the United States. It is held each February across the United States in celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month. GKAS events are intended to be touch points for children who do not receive routine dental care.

In Dallas, underserved elementary school age children in local public school programs receive oral care screenings, demonstrations and goody bags as part of Give Kids A Smile®, This virtual event in Dallas is supported by the Dallas County Dental Society (DCDS) Foundation, Dallas Independent School System (DISD) and the ADA. In 2020, over 1100 underserved DISD students were offered this service, with 140 private dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and dental students donating their time.

Population(s) Served
Children

Senior’s Smiles, a program aimed at nursing homes with volunteer dentists and hygienist volunteering their expertise and time. In coordination with the Dallas Dental Hygienists’ Association, the DCDS Foundation provides oral health education to the elderly in our community.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Imagine how different your life would be if you lacked a very basic asset — your smile. Though most of us take our smiles for granted, many are not so fortunate. Simply greeting someone with a smile can be daunting for women with missing or damaged teeth. The cause of the damage varies, but its impact remains the same: women who suffer from an impaired ability to smile are hindered in both professional and social settings. To address this problem, DCDS Foundation founded HOPEFUL Smiles™ in 2006 to offer restorative dental care to qualifying Attitudes & Attire® clients.

Attitudes & Attire® clients must have impaired smiles or severely, damaged anterior teeth that limit their employ-ability or health. They must be committed to their personal growth and sobriety, if addiction has been an issue in their past, and be actively seeking or maintaining employment or obtaining continued education. (See https://attitudesandattire.org/ for more info.)

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

DCDS Foundation teams up with Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation to bring their Texas Mission of Mercy’s (TMOM) mobile clinic to Dallas over Veteran’s Day weekend. DCDS Foundation’s primary role is to encourage a network of caring dentists, dedicated community members and generous donors/sponsors to provide free dental care to North Texas veterans. Pre-screenings of approximately 250 veterans in dire need are completed in volunteer's dental offices prior to the TMOM weekend to determine dental work needed and prep the veterans.

DCDS Foundation has assisted with the TMOM clinic in Dallas seven times, twice focusing on serving our U.S. veterans and their families. In 2018, over 600 veterans were provided with a total of $625,000+ worth of services.

DCDS Foundation hosts TMOM clinics every two years. The 2020 event was displaced by the pandemic, so the next event is scheduled for November 2022.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Finance Goal: Financial resources to ensure ongoing success of the Foundation
Community Outreach Goal: Those with limited access to oral health care.
Organizational Goal: DCDS Foundation capacity will be sufficient to meet its objectives.

Finance Goal: Financial resources to ensure ongoing success of the Foundation
Objective 1: Raise corpus by 5% each year ($39,000)

Community Outreach Goal: Those with limited access to oral health care.
Objective 1: TMOM event in Dallas County
Objective 2: Give Kids a Smile in 2020
Objective 3: Create committee to research TDA Smart Smiles program
Objective 4: Educate the public on oral health literacy

Organizational Goal: DCDS Foundation capacity will be sufficient to meet its objectives.
Objective 1: DCDS’ governance structure will facilitate the efficient and effective execution of its strategic plan.

Financials

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Dallas County Dental Society Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Michael Rainwater

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