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Make Someone Smile Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 12, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
Delta Dental of Rhode Island is a leader in our state, not only as the state’s largest dental insurer with more than 600,000 members, but also in its commitment to community.

“We’ve long been involved with supporting nonprofits, both through our employees and at the corporate level. Delta Dental, through our philanthropic efforts, is committed to increasing access to oral health care for all Rhode Islanders, not just Delta Dental members,” says Joseph Nagle, president & chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Rhode Island.

In 2005, Delta Dental formalized its investment in the community and its commitment to dental health initiatives by establishing the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. Since the fund’s inception, Delta Dental has contributed $6 million to the fund to address critical oral health care needs across the state.

Last year, the company’s employee matching gift program resulted in $92,000 being contributed to nonprofit organizations to match $92,000 in contributions made by its approximately 125 employees. Delta Dental’s volunteer program encourages employees to give their time by awarding additional vacation hours for weekend or evening time they volunteer in the community. Last year, employees donated 400 hours of volunteer service to several Rhode Island nonprofit organizations.

Now, with the establishment of the Make Someone Smile Fund, Delta Dental plans to honor its outgoing board members, while furthering its commitment to community. Through the Make Someone Smile Fund, outgoing board members will recommend the Rhode Island nonprofits that will receive grants from the fund. Kerrie Bennett, vice president, marketing and external affairs and corporate secretary, notes, “We have one of the best boards in the state. They provide a service not just to Delta Dental, but to the state of Rhode Island. This is an opportunity to recognize their commitment to the community with something meaningful and lasting.”

“Our experience working with the Rhode Island Foundation has been a tremendous partnership. We think we’ve had a significant impact with the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund, and working with the Foundation helps us to be more strategic with our giving,” says Kerrie.
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