Building a bridge to the future – linking humanitarian dentistry and continuing dental education in Oregon

The Oregon Academy of General Dentistry Foundation is moving forward with plans to develop our own Dental Learning Center in Portland. The OAGD board envisioned the OAGD Foundation to better meet Oregonians oral health needs. In April 2018, the Foundation was officially established as a non-profit organization in Oregon. In early October 2018, the Federal Application seeking tax-exempt status was submitted.

OAGDF’s goal is to expand humanitarian dentistry in Oregon by linking programs for at risk Oregonians with hands-on education for Oregon’s dentists. The new Dental Education Center will be a home for lifelong dental learners with modern learning technologies including distance learning capacity. The Center will provide easy access and free parking to highlight just a few of the improved amenities.

Join the OAGDF today and be part of the campaign to better serve the needs of Oregonians uniquely blended with high quality learning experiences for dental health professionals. Help us build the bridge to the future for Oregonians, dentists and dental professionals.

Who will be there:
Our Center will be the home for a multitude of humanitarian events that seek to improve the dental health of Oregonians. Service to patients will align with Continuing Dental Education. Sponsors will enjoy the increased contact with both Oregon’s dentists when visiting the Center as extensive study clubs from around the State plan to hold their events there.

Center Allows for OAGDF Humanitarian Programs:

●       Home for a bank of dental equipment to be loaned to those going on dental humanitarian projects.

●       Provide facilities and support for children’s dental health volunteer and children’s volunteer days

●       focusing on underserved populations.

●       Provide facilities and support for at-risk women’s dental health days.

●       Home for a dental assisting training program

 The Center will feature a variety of clinic spaces and meeting rooms providing organizational control over costs and business operations.  

 Space Design will include:

●       Classroom for 100, dividable and available for rental for all group sizes

●       Clinic with 12 chairs and a surgical operatory

●       Dental Sim Lab for 16

●       Live Webcasting Capacity for Interactive Long-distance Courses

●       Full Dental Radiology Imaging Capacity

OAGDF needs to raise $1,000,000 to be able to complete this project and already more than $260,000 has been committed by both individuals and companies. In addition, A-Dec is donating all 12 chairs in the new clinic.  We hope to have all of the funds committed by the end of 2018 to ensure that we move forward as soon as possible. Here are just a few ways to get involved:

 Naming Opportunities:  

●       Operatories (12)

●       Lab

●       Sterilization

●       X-ray area

●       Other Donor Recognitions:
name on the plague wall in reception area of Center

Giving Levels:

●       Bernie Taylor Society (50,000-Up)

●       Bill Howard Club (25,000-49,999)

●       Masters Club (10,000-24,999)

●       Fellowship Club (5,000-9,999)

 Path to the Future:

●       OAGD has set up the OAGD Foundation and is currently seeking tax exempt status from the US Government.

●       OAGDF is currently running a $1,000,000-capital campaign and even before taking the effort public, more than $270,000 was raised in lead contributions.

●       Platinum and silver financial sponsor support levels totaling $25,000/year for five years have been established and with only a few requests so far made, $30,000/year has already been committed. If you are a Vendor who is interested in partnering with OAGD, please call our office. We look forward to talking with you.

To be involved or to make a pledge, contact:

Laura Seurynck RDH, MS
Executive Director
Oregon Academy of General Dentistry
1730 SW Harbor Way #502 Portland, OR 97201
(o) 503-228-6266
(f) 503-228-4838

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