Oral diseases and conditions result in needless pain and suffering, difficulty in speaking, chewing and swallowing, increased costs of care, loss of self-esteem, loss of work and school days and, in extreme cases, they can even lead to death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 40 percent of low-income adults have at least one untreated decayed tooth, compared to 16 percent of non-poor adults.
The U.S. Surgeon General recognizes oral health as an integral part of a person’s total health. No one can be truly healthy unless he or she is free from the burden of oral diseases and conditions.
Mission: As the philanthropic arm of the Wisconsin Dental Association, the WDA Foundation is committed to making a difference by improving the oral health of Wisconsin residents through its support of projects that provide dental care for the disadvantaged while meeting the current and future needs of the dental profession.
The foundation makes a difference by bringing volunteer efforts to those who can least afford treatment. Each program focuses on a different group of individuals, but shares a common goal: better dental health for Badger State residents.
The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation, Inc. is the WDA’s affiliated charity and home to its charitable programs. The organizations are separate legal bodies and are exempt under different sections of the Internal Revenue Code. The WDA Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, while the WDA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit entity. The Foundation is guided by individual bylaws and is governed by a separate volunteer Board of Directors.
All donations to the WDA Foundation are deductible to the full extent of the law.
The WDA Foundation sincerely thanks you. Your support makes this good work possible.
By the numbers
awarded through more than 230 annual grants and scholarships since 2003
from each $1.00 donated in 2013 went to support services and programs
of WDA members annually support the WDA Foundation on their dues statement
For more information about the WDA Foundation, please contact:
WDA Foundation Executive Director
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2360
West Allis, WI 53214