Capital Area Dental Foundation

Organizational Overview

Capital Area Dental Foundation
401 W. 15th St., Ste 695
Austin, Texas 78701

Mission Statement

CADF transforms lives in Central Texas with healthy smiles by offering life-changing access to charitable dental care.

We achieve our mission by forming strategic partnerships and developing programs that connect volunteer dentists with people in the community who need dental care the most.

CADF currently serves Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Lee counties.

The Capital Area Dental Foundation, winner of the 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Award, connected over 1,200 individuals to charitable dental care in 2016.

In 2016, CADF established a new partnership to provide pediatric dental care to children traveling to Austin for life-saving heart surgery through the HeartGift program.

In 2015, CADF's founder, Dr. C. Leonard Dolce, DDS, MS, was named the Texas Oral Health Champion by the Texas Oral Health Coalition.

In 2014, CADF won the Nonprofit Exellence Award (in the medium category) from Greenlights for Nonprofit Success (now Mission Capital).

Impact Statement

In 2016 fiscal year, CADF provided over $265,000 in donated dental care to more than 1,200 patients. Patients in need may qualify for preventive, emergency and restorative care through one of five main programs/partnerships:

1. Health Alliance for Austin Musicians: Low-income working musicians are eligible for preventive, curative and in some cases restorative dental care in partnership with the St. David's Foundation).
2. St. Vincent de Paul: Working poor adults without dental insurance are eligible for emergency dental care from CADF volunteer dentists.
3. Healthy Smiles for Texans program (formerly known as Donated Dental Services): Eligible elderly and disabled Central Texans may qualify for comprehensive dental care, including dentures. This program is in partnership with the TDA Smiles Foundation).
5. HeartGift Austin: Children travelling to the United States from developing nations for life-saving heart surgery at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas are eligible for free, pre-surgical dental care.
5. Austin American-Statesman Season for Caring campaign: With this seasonal program, low-income individuals and families identified by Austin-area nonprofit organizations may receive free dental and orthodontic care by CADF volunteers.

CADF has successfully recruited over 110 private practice dentists to provide charitable dental care through one of our five programs.

Needs Statement

Poor oral health not only leads to pain and infection, but it can make it difficult for people to eat, speak and work. For adults and seniors, poor oral health is associated with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart and pulmonary disease and life-threatening ones like oral cancer and stroke.

Thousands of Central Texans are suffering with these issues every day. Most patient's only option is to go to the emergency room for antibiotics or pain medication. The Capital Area Dental Foundation was established to end this cycle and heal those who do not have another avenue for receiving dental care.

"When I met Dr. Kelp, I only had two teeth. I never laughed and hardly spoke. I was so ashamed of my appearance that I rarely left the house. I don't know how we can truly thank Dr. Kelp and the Capital Area Dental Foundation. They have done so much for us and have truly changed our life." Manuala Alcantar, CADF patient through the Season for Caring program.

"I had no dental coverage, but was in a lot of pain and had big holes in some of my teeth. Sometimes it hurt to eat since my gums would get really swollen. Now after being treated by Dr. Kimes, I have no pain and am no longer ashamed of my appearance. I feel confident and given the chance, I know I can be a great employee." Juliet Fiscus, CADF-Goodwill patient.

"A huge part of the journey of being a musician is to be yourself. Dr. Heggen made me feel whole again and the quality of care I received was something I never experienced before. That's priceless." Jayme Ivison, CADF-Health Alliance for Austin Musicians patient
CADF recruits dentists who are interested in giving back to the community by participating in one or more of the Foundation's charitable care programs. Dentists can treat as few as one patient per year or several per month, all in the comfort of their own office with their own staff. Some programs offer reimbursement for services rendered, others are entirely donated.