Iowa Dental Foundation

The Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) provides a means for dentists and others to experience the collective power of giving, with an opportunity to invest in the future of dentistry as well as for the benefit of the communities it serves. Dentists have always been generous with their time, energy and services, and the IDF provides another avenue for giving back to the community.

The IDF was established in 1994 as a non-profit public foundation to benefit the general public. Our vision is to be the primary facilitator of dental health programs in Iowa. The IDF's mission is to create opportunities that improve the oral health of Iowans.

Your generous donations allow the Foundation to:

  • Coordinate charitable events that provide free dental care services (specifically the Iowa Mission of Mercy)
  • Promote research and education in areas of interest to the practice of dentistry
  • Conduct programs and seminars
  • Undertake studies and research related to the practice of dentistry
  • Grant scholarships that assist qualified persons to obtain instruction and training in dental studies and higher education

With the growth of the IDF, the Foundation will take a more active role in other programs in the coming years by issuing grants and "making a difference."

Donating To The Foundation

The IDF accepts donations of all types. Checks may be mailed to the Foundation Office; online donations are accepted throughout the year.

Your annual contributions are essential for the long-term growth and success of dental programs in our state. All contributors will be recognized in the Iowa Dental Association Journal and on our website.

All gifts are tax deductible (in accordance with applicable limits) under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts help ensure that the IDF will continue to build on its good works far into the future.  Through planned giving, your ultimate gift to the Iowa Dental Foundation will help create and sustain new opportunities to facilitate dental health in the state.

There are a wide variety of planned gifts: from simple wills or bequests, annuities, beneficiary designated accounts, revocable living trusts, charitable lead trusts, and others.  Many factors need to be considered when determining which type of planned gift best meets your needs.  Your financial advisor can help you decide the best planned gift method for your particular needs.

For more information on planned giving, please contact the Iowa Dental Foundation at 515.986.5605 or contact your financial advisor.

Grants and Scholarships


The IDF is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors. Grant applications are reviewed twice a year during May and December board meetings and recipients notified within 30 days of Board meetings.

Eligibility Requirements
The Foundation invites grant applications from non-profit organizations that qualify as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are categorized as public charities or governmental programs. Applicants must be an organization within the state of Iowa or seeking funding support for grant funding restricted for use in Iowa. Prospective grantees should download and complete the Foundation Grant Application.

Please be advised that the Iowa Dental Foundation does not provide funding for the following:

  • Individuals (other than scholarships), direct care for an individual, or individually-owned projects
  • General overhead or indirect costs alone
  • Previously incurred expenses or to eliminate bad debt
  • The promulgation of religious beliefs or practices
  • Political campaigns
  • Building or endowment campaigns
  • Annual Fund Drives
  • Capital Campaign support
  • For-profit organizations or programs operated by or for the benefit of for-profit organizations

Please note that the Iowa Dental Foundation is not currently accepting grant applications.


Scholarships are available for students wishing to pursue higher education in the field of dentistry. Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Technicians, and Third Year Dental Students are eligible to apply for scholarships.

Scholarship applications are due in the IDF offices no later than March 31 of the calendar year. Application are reviewed at the IDF's board meeting the first week of May each year. Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-May.

Click Here for a Scholarship Application

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