The Pennsylvania Dental Foundation (PDF) is the PDA's philanthropic and charitable organization
that enhances health by providing grants for sustainable programs in education, access to care and
assistance for Pennsylvania dentists and their families in need.
The PDF supports efforts to increase access to care and prevention services as well as assist in the
educational endeavors in the dental profession.
The following are funding opportunities the PDF offers:
- Relief activities – To provide financial aid to dentists and their dependents who,
because of misfortune, advanced age, or physical or other disabling conditions
results in an inability to be wholly self-sustaining. Also, to support programs to
identify, educate and mentor health care professionals suffering from impairment due
to substance abuse or mental illness.
- Educational and scientific activities – To provide funds for the improvement of the
dental profession, in the grant of scholarships and loans to students pursuing careers
in dental profession and allied health fields.
- Oral health education – To provide assistance for oral health education of the
public and members of the dental and medical professions relating to the prevention
of dental disease.
- Contributions to other charitable organizations – To support other charitable
organizations requesting funds for a purpose aligning with PDF’s relief activities and
educational efforts. The organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue
Service as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be
qualified recipients of charitable contributions under section 170 of the Internal