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It's all about creating happy and healthy smiles through positive action. Delta Dental of Minnesota focuses its corporate philanthropic efforts on programs that promote health - primarily oral health - and educational initiatives that address innovative solutions to the challenges of healthy living.
Who We Are
Delta Dental of Minnesota is serious about improving the oral health and health of individuals, and we act on our belief that giving improves lives and enhances communities. And, as a leader in the provision of dental health benefits, Delta Dental is seen as a role model in transferring the implications of clinical and epidemiological information to the public. Particularly through our philanthropic community investment program, we hope to increase knowledge and awareness of good oral health practices, thereby reducing some of the serious, harmful health care effects associated with oral health disease.
Our commitment to solutions-oriented community investment requires that we go beyond simple checkbook philanthropy. Our goal is to work hand-in-hand with public and nonprofit organizations to identify and implement solutions that address specific problems, particularly in the area of oral health. This kind of partnership requires our partner organizations to go beyond business as usual, to set clear benchmarks and to focus on measurable results.
Our philanthropic investments are based on four basic funding priorities that help us advance our mission and increase our impact, primarily in the area of oral health education and prevention. We direct funds to organizations and initiatives that address a unique and targeted community need related to:
Note: Occasionally our Philanthropic Committee may make a funding decision outside of the above guidelines in response to an urgent, timely or significant community need.
Types of Funding
Range of Gifts
Our range of giving is $2,000 - $51,000. A typical gift size is between $2,000 - $15,000.
We do not typically fund multi-year programs. In addition, the philanthropic program does not provide funds or grants for the following:
Requests will be reviewed against the following funding criteria; higher priority will be given to those projects or programs that meet one or more of these criteria.
Organizations classified as tax-exempt nonprofits under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may apply. Applicants must be located in Minnesota and serve primarily Minnesotans.
Timeline for Receiving Letters of Inquiry:
Online applications should be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Applicants will be notified of the status of their letter of inquiry within approximately four weeks of receipt.
2014 Letter of Inquiry Deadlines
At the time that a full proposal is invited, applicants will be given the full proposal due date.Full Proposal Applications
Contribution decisions made by: Philanthropy Committee of the Board of Directors.
Staff Contact Information
Program Officer and Senior Grants Administrator
Delta Dental of Minnesota
500 Washington Avenue South, Suite 2060
Minneapolis, MN 55415