May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Year-end Gifts Can Help Kids for Years to Come

November 2015 Volume L Number 6

Earlier this year Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children announced an extraordinary $1 million pledge from a couple who wishes to remain anonymous. Their generous gift prompted the $1 Million Dental Homes Challenge where every contribution made to HSHC through May 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar. This match also covers any new pledges in their entirety.
At press time we are almost half way toward reaching our $1 million goal.
On behalf of the thousands of children helped each year by HSHC grantees, please include Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children in your year-end giving options. Your year-end gift will be matched by the Dental Homes Challenge and all contributions support our mission of supporting community-based initiatives providing Dental Homes to children from families who cannot afford dental care. Your continued support is vital to HSHC’s continued impact.
Annual grants made by HSHC have increased from less than $100,000 in 2010 to more than $1 million per year in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Nearly 300,000 children now have Dental Homes thanks to 70 grantees in 26 states – numbers that will increase with our next round of grants made.
There’s a direct correlation between donor generosity and the number of grants HSHC makes. That correlation never has been stronger than now with the $1 Million Dental Homes Challenge. Here’s why (with my apologies for breaking the "no one wants to see how sausage is made" rule):
This spring, Foundation leaders will update the HSHC’s strategic plan. We will continue our mission supporting dental care for underserved kids through June 2019, but the degree and scope of our grants are directly linked to contributions.
In fact, the bulk of our grantmaking is supported by the income generated by our investments and our portfolio is built on donor generosity. The more donors give, the more HSHC can invest, and the more we have available to help grantees help children in need.
Many of our decisions made for the next three years will be shaped by our financial position as of Feb. 29, 2016.
Another area we’ll be addressing in our strategic plan is revenue diversification. In English, this translates to our seeking contributions support beyond AAPD members—and beyond the dental community.
Our approach to diversification will be dictated by a number of factors, but specific financial and grantmaking targets will be sorted out during strategic planning. Again, these decisions will be influenced greatly by our position as of the end of February.
Finally, we’re taking a hard look at marketing. HSHC’s work is an expression of the kindness that permeates throughout our profession. It’s a kindness that largely goes unnoticed and it’s time we shine a light on the great things our donors make possible.
To support our grant expansion plans and our revenue diversification, we need to invest in our ability to promote the good work of AAPD members and our grantees. Because every dollar spent on marketing is a dollar not spent on program, our position on Feb. 29, will help us shape our marketing plans for the coming three years.
At the end of the day, increased contributions mean we can do more for underserved children each year and over a longer period of time. By including HSHC in your year-end giving decisions, your generosity not only will be doubled as part of the $1 Million Dental Homes Challenge, it will drive pediatric dentistry’s ability to make a difference in the lives of children for years to come.
Please be as generous as you can. Thank you.
You can give online at and go to the "give now" page. Stock transfer contributions also are accepted. Questions? Please contact Michelle Hidalgo ( or Cristine McDowell ( 

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