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ODA Foundation: Advancing Oral Health in Ohio Donate Now

The Ohio Dental Association Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the ODA, committed to a mission of improving the oral health of the citizens of Ohio and enhancing the dental profession in the state. Your support helps us continue to make a difference by funding grants and scholarships. Since 1995, the ODAF has awarded over $743,000 in program grants and dental scholarships.

Your support of the ODA Foundation will help us continue to make a difference to our profession and to those in need. Click here to donate.

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  •  Congratulations to the 2013 ODAF raffle winners! Dr. Mary Ellen Wynn of Cincinnati was the first place winner. She won a two-year automobile lease or the $20,000 cash equivalent, and she chose the cash option. In second place, Dr. Brian Hockenberger of Norton won a beautiful piece of jewelry that retails for $3,000, and in third place Dr. Jim Karlowicz of Dover won $1,000 cash. Winning the Early Bird drawing $500 prize was Dr. Henry A. Van Hala of North Canton, who donated the prize back to the Foundation

How We Make a Difference

The ODA Foundation awarded $101,230 in grants and scholarships in August 2013. Twenty-eight scholarships were given to dental students and four to students in auxiliary programs. Eleven grants were awarded, which collectively will help hundreds of Ohioans in need:

Grants awarded by the ODAF provide support for many Ohio access to care programs. Three grants given this year were to programs that help Ohio veterans who are not eligible for VA dental benefits.

  • Stark County Dental Society’s second annual Vision for Veteran Dental Care program to provide free dentures to uninsured veterans received a $1,500 grant.
  • The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio’s inaugural Operation Open Wide program, which will work with Toledo Dental Society volunteers and provide free treatment to an estimated 130 veterans, was given a $3,300 grant.
  • Cincinnati Dental Society’s Leave No Vet Behind Program, Phase II, received a $3,500 grant. Since 2009, nearly 300 veterans received free dental care in excess of $415,000 through this program.

Other grants given in 2013 will help dentists and other volunteers serve diverse populations in need:

  • Volunteers with the W.D. Miller Dental Society provide emergency care at the Look up Dental Clinic in Newark and on average, 65 uninsured and indigent adults are treated each month. The clinic received a $5,000 grant.
  • Volunteers with the KidSmiles Pediatric Dental Clinic in Columbus provide exams, preventive, restorations and extractions to children whose families are 250% or more below poverty level at just $10/visit; the clinic was awarded a $5,000 grant.
  • The Monday Night Free Clinic is a partnership of the Columbus Dental Society and area physicians who refer patients in need of emergency exodontia and restorative care to the free dental clinic; the dental clinic received a $1,500 grant.

Grants were also awarded from three of the ODAF’s designated funds:

  • The Bob & Peg Hinkle Family Fund awarded $6,000 to the Columbus Dental Society to purchase a surgical drill for the Monday Night Free Clinic.
  • The Dr. John Harris Fund gave a $1,480 grant to the Bainbridge Historical Society, which houses the Dr. John Harris Dental Museum.
  • The Ohio Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Fund gave $1,500 grants to three Ohio oral and maxillofacial dental residency programs:
    • Case Western Reserve University Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for residency training and education.
    • The Ohio State University College of Dentistry Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for cleft lip and palate missions’ education.
    • The University of Cincinnati Medical Center Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’s Resident Research Fund.


A volunteer dentist from the W.D. Miller Dental Society provides emergency dental care to an area resident in need at the Look Up Clinic in Newark. In its first 10 months of operations, volunteers treated nearly 800 patients at this free clinic.


Read more about other ways the ODAF has helped.

Plan ahead for memorial contributions.
Advise your loved ones that when it is time, you would like your obituary to include that contributions can be made to the ODA Foundation in your honor. Donations can be sent to the ODA Foundation, 1370 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215 or by calling the ODAF at (614) 486-2700. Donations can also be made securely online. The family is informed by letter of all donations, and all in-recognition of donors are listed online here and in the next year's Annual Report.

Learn what the ODA Foundation has done for dentistry and for Ohioans in the 2014 Case for Support.

The Ohio Dental Association Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the ODA, committed to a mission of improving the oral health of the citizens of Ohio and enhancing the dental profession in the state. Donor support helps the profession of dentistry in Ohio today and in the future. Through grants and scholarships, the ODA Foundation helps defray the cost of dental education for future dentists, supports community oral health programs and increases oral health literacy for vulnerable populations.