The Founders’ Fund was created to enhance the art and science of Operative Dentistry by providing financial support for special programs and projects. The fund is used to support:
- Dental research projects Dental educational programs Activities which define and enlarge the role of Operative Dentistry in teaching institutions, private practice, and the armed forces Programs or activities which provide encouragement and assistance to dentists, dental and postgraduate dental students, and pre-dental students.
- Any other activities which could enhance the art and science of Operative Dentistry
History and Administration
The Founders’ Fund was established in 1986 by the Executive Council of the Academy of Operative Dentistry in honor of the six founding members of the Academy, Drs. José E. Medina, Charles F. Bouschor, Floyd E. Hamstrom, Carl J. Monacelli, James P. Vernetti, and Ralph J. Werner. The initial goal of the Fund was to establish a principal endowment of $100,000 dollars, through tax-deductible donations from the members and friends of the Academy, and to support projects on the interest earned from that principal. Today, the principal has exceeded that initial goal, and continues to grow as does the size and number of the projects supported.
The Fund is managed by a six-person Board of Trustees five of whom are elected by the membership of the Academy. Each elected trustee serves a five-year renewable term. The Academy’s treasurer is an ex-officio member of the board.
Among the activities supported by the Founders’ Fund are:
- R.W. Phillips Fellowships (a stipend and expense reimbursement for student research projects and presentation of those projects at national research meetings) Student Clinician Awards (a cash award and expense reimbursement to a dental student for registration and travel to the annual Academy meeting to present a table clinic) Recent Graduate (young professional) Awards (payment of registration expenses for the Academy’s annual meeting to recipients of the Academy’s senior dental student awards during the year following their graduation)
- An international symposium on Alternatives for the Management of Carious Lesions (held at the University of South Carolina in 2000)
Ways to Contribute
You may make annual cash donations at any time. Many gifts of cash are made to honor, or in memory of, friends or loved ones. Other gifts may be made as wills and bequests, gifts of property, life insurance proceeds or trusts.
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Honor Roll of Cumulative Giving
The Academy of Operative Dentistry Foundation gratefully recognizes the following individuals and organizations for their financial support of the Founders’ Fund since it was established in 1986 through December, 2005. Contributors are listed alphabetically within gift levels.
All donations are designated as the principal, which is invested, and only the interest is used for endowing special educational projects or requests.
Among the things we frequently support are the new graduate/student Operative Award registration, the Student Clinician Award, the Ralph Phillips Research Award, and, the journal Operative Dentistry. All requests for funds are acted upon carefully and discreetly by the Trustees. Requests for funds should be made prior to the annual meeting in February.
We recognize levels of giving on an Honor Roll:
$10,000 and above receive the Glass Globe Award; $2,000 and above receive the AOD Founders’ Fund Paperweight; $1,000 and above receive the FF Lapel Pin.
The trustees of the FOUNDERS’ FUND would like to thank the Executive Council of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the entire membership, and other friends in supporting the Founders’ Fund. The mission of the Fund is to enhance the art and science of Operative Dentistry by providing financial support for special educational programs and projects. The Fund would like to define and enlarge the role of Operative Dentistry in teaching institutions, private practice, and the armed forces. The Fund also supports programs or activities which provide encouragement and assistance to dentists, dental and postgraduate dental students, and pre-dental students.