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Permanent link  CDS Foundation seeks to hire executive director


The Chicago Dental Society Foundation seeks to hire an executive director to lead the 501(c)3 charity.

Established in 2007, the CDS Foundation, is the philanthropic and charitable component of the Chicago Dental Society (CDS). The mission of the Foundation is to improve the oral health of the public they serve by providing patient care for the underserved population and by supporting access to care programs, oral health literacy endeavors, and dental education activities. 

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the executive director will be responsible for providing strategic leadership for the CDS Foundation by working with the Board to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies for fundraising programs and CDS Foundation-administered grants. The executive director will seek to foster relationships within the CDS membership, the dental industry at large and other interested donors and funders, in support of the Foundation’s mission. S/he participates personally and sets the example for dynamic, aggressive fundraising; manages Foundation assets; and effectively partners with CDS, its leadership, and its staff. The executive has the broad institutional experience and intellect necessary to motivate and lead a hands-on, operational Board of Trustees. 

We seek a seasoned development executive who will be comfortable rolling up his/her sleeves to build a development program. A track record that has resulted in significant, measurable increases in giving is required. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for the mission of the Foundation. S/he will create and use marketing concepts to help fulfill the vision for the role. Candidates who can demonstrate their ability to actively seek out new prospect or donor relationships, who appreciate the cultivation and stewardship process and who can successfully close gift opportunities are most desired. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in proposal writing. The qualified candidate not only will enjoy both the big-picture strategic work required but also will directly handle all administrative functions required to sustain and grow the CDS Foundation.

A Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) and five-plus years related experience is required; a graduate degree is preferred. The ability to utilize all office software is required. Skills in GiftWorks is preferred. Experience with volunteer managed/governed organizations is required. 

Applications and nominations are being accepted by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please email a current resume and letter of interest. For more information about the CDS Foundation, please visit


Permanent link  CDS commits $75,000 to DENT-IL-PAC


The Chicago Dental Society has committed $75,000 to DENT-IL-PAC in 2014. DENT-IL-PAC is the political action committee of the Illinois State Dental Society, which allows dentists to collectively contribute to the campaigns of candidates it supports. DENT-IL-PAC is non-profit and bi-partisan, with the goal of influencing the political process for the good of dentistry and patients.

A Board of Directors oversees DENT-IL-PAC’s activities; CDS member Michael Durbin is the current president.

 The Board of Directors includes one director from each branch of the Chicago Dental Society, as well as representatives from each downstate component of the Illinois State Dental Society and several Illinois specialty societies.

Other local dental societies contributed a combined $25,100 to DENT-IL-PAC. Donors include:

  • Southern Illinois Dental Society: $1,500
  • Will County Dental Society: $1,000
  • G.V. Black District Dental Society: $2,000
  • Peoria District Dental Society: $2,000
  • Illinois Academy of General Dentistry: $1,000
  • Winnebago County Dental Society: $2,000
  • Madison District Dental Society: $1,000
  • Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists: $2,000
  • Fox River Valley Dental Society: $3,000
  • Illinois Association of Endodontists: $3,000
  • U.S. Grant Dental Society: $1,000
  • Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: $3,000
  • Education and Development Initiative: $100
  • Rock Island District Dental Society: $1,500
  • McLean County Dental Society: $1,000.


The Chicago Dental Society has supported DENT-IL-PAC annually since 1998, for a total of $763,001 in donations.



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Permanent link  ADA reminds Congress of the need for greater Access to Care


The American Dental Association (ADA) recently released its inaugural “Action for Dental Health: Report to Congress” which recognizes the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Action for Dental Health (ADH) movement and grassroots efforts to eliminate barriers to dental health across the country.

The report was released during the ADA’s annual Washington Leadership Conference where more than 500 dentists from across the country meet with their Congressional delegations to discuss policy issues to improve our nation’s dental health.

“Millions of Americans continue to face barriers to dental care, which is why the ADA launched Action for Dental Health,” said ADA President Charles Norman. “This Report to Congress serves as a continued call to action for elected officials, health policy organizations, community leaders and the dental community to come together to bridge the dental divide.”

Much attention has been paid to the political debate around the Affordable Care Act, while the need for greater access to dental care has been ignored. The ADA report sits several statistics: 

  • This year alone, more than 181 million Americans won’t visit a dentist
  • Nearly half of people over 30 suffer from some form of gum disease
  • Nearly one in four children under the age of five already have cavities
  • Nationally, more than 2.1 million people showed up in emergency rooms with dental pain in 2010 – that’s double the number just a decade prior.

In response, the ADA created Action for Dental Health, a nationwide, community-based movement to address barriers to dental health through sustainable solutions that provide the best quality of care. ADA reports that Action for Dental Health has already taken root in every state across the U.S.

 The report outlines four key strategies:

  • Providing care now. This includes hospital emergency room referral programs to connect patients in pain to dentists who can provide needed treatment, and expanding programs like Give Kids a Smile.
  • Strengthening and expanding the public/private safety net by fighting for increased dental health protections under Medicaid and helping more dentists work with community health centers and clinics.
  •  Bringing disease prevention and education into communities through Community Dental Health Coordinators (CDHCs) who provide dental health education and help people in underserved areas connect to community health resources and dentists for needed treatment.
  • Working to pass Legislation at the federal and state levels that support Action for Dental Health initiatives. 

 The ADA has set bold goals for Action for Dental Health. These include:  

  • Creating ER interception programs to reduce the burden on our nation’s emergency rooms and improving dental health in 25 states by 2015, and 50 states and the District of Columbia by 2020.
  • Training at least 1,000 dentists to provide care in nursing homes by 2020, and increasing the number of dentists serving on advisory boards or as dental directors of long-term care facilities
  • Expanding programs which provide screening and treatment to help people in need connect with dentists for continuity of care and work to eliminate cavities in children under five in the U.S. by 2020
  • Improving the existing safety net and helping people connect with community resources and dentists by increasing the number of states with active Community Dental Health Coordinators to 15 states by 2015 (Currently there are CDHCs in 8 states.)
  • Reducing the proportion of both adults and children under 18 with untreated dental decay by 15 percent by 2020
  • Increasing the proportion of low income children who received any preventive dental services during the past year by 15 percent by 2020.

To review detailed goals for Action for Dental Health, or to download the “Action for Dental Health:  Report to Congress” visit




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