MDS Foundation—Helping Members Give Back

The MDS Foundation would like to help our members give back to the communities in which they live and serve. The Foundation now offers Ambassador Grants to our members to provide you with the opportunity to join with your colleagues in developing a community service program that benefits those in your community.

Being a Foundation Ambassador is a rewarding experience. It also has many benefits, such as:

  • Strengthening the connection with your community
  • Taking on a new challenge
  • Meeting new people
  • Showing you care
  • Helping those in need of oral care

How it works

The Ambassador Program gives you an opportunity to join with your colleagues in developing a community service program that benefits those in your community.
  • Decide on your project and submit an application to the Foundation.
  • Special consideration will be given to those who develop a program that encompasses multiple areas of support from within their community.
  • Your program must be supplemented by members securing matching funds or donating in-kind services. Members must recruit at least one colleague to assist in project implementation.
  • If approved, participants would receive a Foundation grant of up to $2,000 to support their program.
  • The MDS will provide a toolkit to help members promote their program in their community. The MDS can also provide materials and supplies for certain projects, depending on their availability. Participants must provide the MDS with a video and/or photographs from the event to be used for promotional purposes and to recognize members’ contributions.

As a thank you for participating, the Foundation will recognize your contribution in several ways, including listing your name on our website, recognition in MDS publications, and a certificate to display in your office.


Project Ideas and Tool Kits

Below is a listing of project ideas, click on each link to view the tips on how to implement

If you have an idea or program you would like to share please contact MDS Foundation assistant clerk, Jennifer Hanlin

 

Promotional Toolkit

MDS Foundation Ambassadors, like you, care about the communities where they live and practice. From providing free dental care to underprivileged kids in their offices, to serving hot meals in local soup kitchens, Ambassadors flex their altruistic muscles on a regular basis.

To help support and promote the good work you do (and plan to do), the MDS Foundation has created this toolkit of promotional resources and templates. We encourage you to customize these easy-to-use tools to promote your event/program in your community and assist with media outreach efforts.
 
Your Tools
Promoting Your Event: Step-by-Step
Working with the Media/Tips for Selecting a Spokesperson
Ethics of Temporary Charitable Events

 
Templates & Sample Forms
Media Advisory
Social Media Posts
Patient Waiver & Photo Release Form
Sample Invitation Letter to Elected Officials
 
 
Additional Resources

Oral health educational brochures and promotional giveaways (e.g., toothbrushes, toothbrush timers, etc.) can also be requested by contacting Jennifer Hanlin, MDS Foundation assistant clerk.

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