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Our Mission

Our Mission
Ideally, every Oklahoman would have a dental benefits plan and Delta Dental of Oklahoma strives to make it available and affordable. But many Oklahomans are still uninsured, and unable to afford necessary prevention and care. Many live in underserved rural areas without dental services nearby. And many are unaware of the actions they can take to help avoid dental disease.

As a not-for-profit corporation, Delta Dental of Oklahoma is committed to significant, ongoing contributions to Oklahoma communities. Our mission is to help provide access to quality dental care and education to every Oklahoman. We work to accomplish this mission through our Oral Health Foundation.

The mission of the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation
is to improve the oral health of all Oklahomans
by funding and facilitating dental health and education programs.

The Foundation fulfills its mission by performing a variety of functions, such as:
  • Providing grants to numerous free and low-cost dental clinics and programs to help provide vital care to those less fortunate
  • Publishing the Resource for Dental Care guide and newsletter to help connect dental care resources to each other and to those in need
  • Educating thousands of elementary age children each year about good oral hygiene and dental disease prevention through our Captain Supertooth program
  • Supporting the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and its outreach and educational programs
  • Awarding scholarships to Oklahoma dental students who intend to practice in Oklahoma upon graduation, increasing the number of dentists in our state

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    History: A Legacy of Giving

    Annual contributions excluding OUCOD Legacy Project gift.

    Delta Dental of Oklahoma established the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Charitable Foundation in late 1998. In 2002, the company increased its annual donation from 10 percent to 20 percent of its annual net contribution to reserves (NCR). In 2009, the company increased its giving to 50 percent of NCR and changed the name to the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation.

    The company now contributes more than $1.3 million to dental health and education programs annually. This, combined with a $3.2 million gift to the OU College of Dentistry Legacy Project in 2013, brings the total contribution to more than $12 million.

    “There is so much need in Oklahoma and we are in a unique position to dramatically improve the availability of more care and education,” said John Gladden, president and CEO. “Our hope is to be able to take this increased funding to provide further support to dental professionals volunteering their time and make the Foundation the center of benevolent dental care for all Oklahomans. We believe it’s our responsibility to do so.”

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    The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporate foundation. While a separate entity from Delta Dental of Oklahoma, the Foundation is the company’s philanthropic affiliate. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of members of the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Board of Directors. Grantmaking decisions are determined by the Board of Trustee through a competitive application process.

    Oral Health Foundation Board of Trustees

    Mr. John E. Gladden, Chair
    Mr. W. Roger Webb, Oklahoma City, Vice-Chair
    Dr. Debbie Corwin, Bristow, Secretary/Treasurer
    Dr. L. Colin Foster, Clinton
    Dr. Stephen Glenn, Tulsa
    Dr. Mike McLeod, Oklahoma City
    Dr. Vincent Montgomery, Norman

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    Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation Honored by Beacon Awards

    The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation was recognized for “Lighting the Way in Oklahoma” in July when it accepted the 2010 Beacon Award presented by The Journal Record. The 2010 awards mark The Journal Record’s third annual tribute to area businesses and organizations for their contributions to the nonprofit community. In 2009, Delta Dental of Oklahoma contributed more than $1.4 million to its Charitable Foundation for the support of dental health and education-related programs statewide. The Foundation was also awarded this honor in 2008.

    “We are grateful to the tireless dental volunteers and staff who provide free and low-cost dental care to thousands of Oklahomans who need it the very most,” said Delta Dental of Oklahoma CEO John Gladden. “Advancing the oral health of every Oklahoman is at the core of Delta Dental’s mission. We hold the communities we serve in high regard, and we are proud to say we are Oklahomans serving Oklahomans.”

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    Delta Dental of Oklahoma Inducted into the OU Seed Sower Society

    The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation has been named as a member of the University of Oklahoma’s Seed Sower Society, which honors donors whose gifts to OU total $1 million or more. The Foundation was recognized for contributing more than $1 million to the OU College of Dentistry since 2001.

    “We are deeply grateful for Delta Dental’s exceptional support of the OU College of Dentistry, including generous scholarships for deserving dental students, key contributions for new software to assist the college with upgrading its clinic management systems, vital funds to help offset the cost of providing quality dental care to patients with little or no income, and funding for satellite learning centers for dental hygienists around the state,” said OU President David Boren.

    Delta Dental of Oklahoma president and CEO, John Gladden, and Dr. Michael McLeod, Foundation Chairman, accepted the honor from the Dean of the College of Dentistry, Dr. Stephen Young, during the OU Dean’s Circle Dinner held at the Governor’s mansion. In his acceptance speech Gladden emphasized the importance of dental professional volunteerism. “Without volunteer dental professionals you only have half the equation: the money half. With them you multiply the force of the money by 10 a powerful impact,” Gladden said. “The OU College of Dentistry is producing more than just dentists here. You are producing dental professionals with heart and a spirit of community and volunteerism like few other professions.”

    The Seed Sower name was selected for this special society because, like OU’s first president, David Ross Boyd, generous donors play an extraordinary role in planting seeds of excellence at the University of Oklahoma. All Seed Sower members receive a specially made Seed Sower statue created by noted sculptor and OU artist-in-residence Paul Moore.

    Foundation Chair Dr. Michael McLeod (left) and
    DDOK CEO John Gladden (center) with
    Dr. Stephen Young, Dean of the OU College of Dentistry.

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