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Brightening smiles and futures in 2018

The holiday season, often referred to as the “season of giving”, is winding down. But why limit giving to a couple months out of the year? Thanks to some incredible organizations and charities, the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation* donated nearly $16 million to support more than 400 projects throughout 2018, each with the goal of building healthier, happier communities. 

As the year comes to an end, we’d like to thank these partners, and highlight just a few of the great projects we had the opportunity to sponsor in 2018. Take a look.

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We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings! In the years to come, we pledge to give at least 10% of our net income back to charitable organizations aligned with our purpose: Creating smiles. Improving health. Enhancing lives.®

If you have a project you want sponsored, learn about our funding options and apply on the Community Center section of our website.

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*The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of our Delta Dental enterprise. It provides funding and support to advance research, education and access to dental care across our enterprise. Our Delta Dental enterprise includes these companies in these states: Delta Dental of California — CA, Delta Dental of the District of Columbia — DC, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania — PA & MD, Delta Dental of West Virginia, Inc. — WV, Delta Dental of Delaware, Inc. — DE, Delta Dental of New York, Inc. — NY, Delta Dental Insurance Company — AL, DC, FL, GA, LA, MS, MT, NV, TX and UT. All of our companies are members, or affiliates of members, of the Delta Dental Plans Association.

Bright smiles for a brighter future

While our main focus is keeping nearly 36 million enrollees’ smiles healthy, we also play a big part in keeping communities healthy. That’s why we invest in the communities we serve by giving back, supporting oral health education and taking care of the environment. Take a look.

Philanthropy
Every year, we donate a portion of our collective companies’ net income. That money supports almost 400 dental clinics, sponsors a wealth of scholarships and provides grants for oral health programs.1 Here are some of the ways we’ve helped recently:

Educational outreach
In addition to supporting dental students, children are also a priority when it comes to oral health education. Over the last five years, our Dental Wellness & Education Initiative has benefitted more than 40,000 children through the fun, free presentations and resources we offer to public schools across the country.

A main feature of this program is Ratoncito Pérez, the Hispanic counterpart to the Tooth Fairy, who helps us connect with the growing number of bicultural children. This legendary character visits elementary schools to teach children about the importance of oral hygiene in an entertaining way. In 2015, Ratoncito also became the star of the award-winning educational video, “The Adventures of Ratoncito Pérez”.

Watch the video.

Sustainability
The greener the earth, the whiter the smile … at least that’s what we’d like to see. We’re working our way to a more sustainable future by reducing our environmental footprint across the enterprise. We do that by:

  • Significantly reducing the waste we send to landfills
  • Investing in renewable energy credits (RECs)
  • Fostering green facilities — four of our buildings have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification!

Learn more about our green initiatives.

Together, these are just a few of the ways our companies are working not only to advance oral health and access, but also to contribute to a brighter, healthier world. After all, what good is a healthy smile if there’s nothing to smile about?

 

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