Letter From the President
With improving the oral health of Floridians at the core of our commitment, your Florida Dental Association (FDA) Foundation has completed another successful year. Our core programs are thriving!
Almost 500 dentists volunteer with Florida Donated Dental Services to provide care for
people who are elderly, disabled or medically fragile. Our Project: Dentists Care (PDC) partners continue to provide much needed access to quality dental services across the state, and some of our PDC affiliates received support from Foundation grants totaling $50,000.
Did you know that the Foundation offers emergency disaster assistance grants to any Florida dentist? This past year we were able to help 61 dentists in the Florida Panhandle cope with the devastating impact of Hurricane Michael.
Our signature program, the Florida Mission of Mercy (FLA-MOM), continues to help almost 2,000 patients every year. Its impact on the awareness of oral health needs and the compassion of the dental community grows every year. The Orlando FLA-MOM provided $2.07 million in donated care.
None of these programs are possible without your help. Your donations, your time and your leadership create the success of the Foundation. The year 2020 marks our 40th year of service as the premier philanthropic dental organization in the state. As we enter this 40th year of impact, we invite you to join us and GIVE, LEAD and VOLUNTEER. Please check the Foundation box when you pay your annual dues and join the Emerald Club for our Ruby (40th) anniversary! Together we can continue to create a legacy for better oral health in Florida.
Dr. Robert Payne
President, Florida Dental Association Foundation