National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

More than dentistry. Life.

aka Dental Lifeline Network   |   Denver, CO   |  www.dentallifeline.org

Mission

Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. DLN accomplishes its mission by developing and coordinating collaborative relationships that provide essential resources for direct-service programs, especially charitable care.

Ruling year info

1974

President & CEO

Ms. Lynda Ricketson

Main address

1800 15th St Ste 100

Denver, CO 80202 USA

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Formerly known as

NFDH

EIN

84-6129064

NTEE code info

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many of our most vulnerable neighbors--those with disabilities or who are elderly or medically compromised--live with painful dental conditions because they cannot afford treatment. These problems adversely affect health and well-being. Embarrassment and anxiety over dental conditions is common. Dental disease progresses without treatment and is linked to conditions like stroke We know that oral and overall health are intrinsically linked. But for many people, good oral health is frequently out of reach—often due to systemic inequalities that are far beyond their spheres of control. That’s why DDS is dedicated to improving oral health equity for all. For the millions of people in the United States with a disability, oral health care is often inaccessible. The reasons are numerous: , a need for expanded commercial insurance benefits, poor Medicaid reimbursement rates, and limited dental benefits for those covered by Medicaid. As a result, many people suffer from neglected 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?

Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program

Through DDS, thousands of volunteer dentists and dental labs across the state each volunteer to provide free, comprehensive care to one or two patients per year. Volunteer dentists treat DDS patients in their own dental offices, allowing services to be worked into regular schedules and avoiding the overhead of establishing and operating clinics. In addition to being cost-effective and convenient for dentists, patients appreciate that they receive the same continuity of care and dignity afforded to any other client. Our volunteer dental labs also give generously, donating appliances for dentures, crowns, bridges, and implants.

A Program Coordinator manages each case from referral through completion and are critical to the program's success. With the Coordinator as a liaison, volunteers are freed from logistical concerns can focus on treating the patients.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. DLN accomplishes its mission by developing and coordinating collaborative relationships that provide essential resources for direct-service programs, especially charitable care.

Through our flagship program, Donated Dental Services (DDS), dental care is provided through a national network of over 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,400 volunteer laboratories. The restored oral health that DDS provides its patients brings freedom from pain, the ability to eat a normal, healthy diet, and an enhanced quality of life. We provide real help for real people with real problems. Every dollar donated to Dental Lifeline Network generates $8.87 in care through our flagship program, Donated Dental Services (DDS).

Ongoing organizational strategic goals include maximizing effectiveness of all programs; increasing philanthropic support; optimizing the network of volunteers, partners and supporters; improving organizational infrastructure; and increasing funding through cause-related marketing efforts. DLN continually monitors its progress toward annual service goals and long-term strategic goals and adjusts activities accordingly.

Other important organization initiatives include "Will You See One Vet?" which encompasses our effort to recruit dental volunteers with an interest in helping a particularly vulnerable population: our nation's military veterans. The campaign was launched in 2018 to attract more volunteers to help veterans with special needs. Through the WYSOV campaign, 1,000 dentists have offered to treat veteran patients.

Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) possesses the capabilities to accomplish our goals and objectives with its experienced professional staff and more than 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,400 donating dental labs. Since 1975, we have honed our programs and objectives and amassed a trove of data to guide our strategic planning. We benefit from many important strategic partnerships with industry professionals, including the American Dental Association and most state dental associations. These partners are instrumental in providing promotional assistance as we recruit new volunteers and in identifying and cultivating donor relationships.

Since the inception of DLN's DDS program, we have provided life-changing dental care to more than 165,000 individuals who are either have a disability, are elderly or are medically fragile. The total value of care donated exceeds $500 million! Last fiscal year, DDS provided over $22 million in donated dental treatment to 7,908 individuals nationwide! The current strategic goal is to increase the annual number of patients served to 20,000, a milestone we intend to achieve within a few years.

Financials

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Operations

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

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National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

Board of directors
as of 07/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Frank Maggio


Board co-chair

John Vinke

Frank Maggio

No Affiliation

Stephen Weinstein

Spencer Fane

Larry Coffee

Dental Lifeline Network

Gordon Christensen

CR Foundation

John Nicholas Vinke

Strategic-Architecture.com

Bret Wise

Densply Sirona (retired)

Terry Buckenheimer

American Dental Association

Teri Battaglieri

Delta Dental of Michigan

Charles Cohen

Benco Dental Company

Joseph Crowley

Crowley & Bartish Family Dentistry

Drew Eason

Florida Dental Association

Judith Fisch

American Dental Association

Martin Nager

Tim Rogan

Patterson Dental North America

Bill Neumann

Group Dentistry Now

Gregory Sheehan

Dentsply Sirona

Kirk Norbo

American Dental Association

Board leadership practices

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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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? 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 5/13/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Disability

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