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Foundation President's Message - Summer 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016  
Posted by: CPSD
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During the course of my many conversations with CSPD members, when I pose the question “Have you contributed to the CSPD Foundation…or do you plan to?” I more often than not receive a response somewhat akin to “Yes…I’m (already) a member of the CSPD.”

Based upon this curiously prevalent response, I must infer that more than a few CSPD members really are not aware of the distinction between the CSPD and the CSPD Foundation. So allow me to clarify a few things…Straight up: The CSPD and CSPDF are not the same! 

The express mission of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD) is “to serve its membership and the public by advocating optimal oral health of infants, children and adolescents.”

The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation (CSPDF) actively supports and promotes pediatric dentistry education, research and leadership. The CSPD Foundation is a separately governed body, created and maintained to raise charitable funds — through the generosity of the CSPD Membership and its corporate allies. These funds are used to support and enhance a wide array of programs benefiting pediatric dentists at every stage of their education as lifelong learners. The list is a long one and I am willing to bet you’ve been on the receiving end of one or more of these programs!

Over the last 13 years, your Foundation has funded more than $1,600,000 in grants and programs. It’s not enough.

We are 900 members strong. We try not to be discouraged that less than 100 members are stepping up each year in support of these wonderful programs. This raises $60,000. (If you do the math, you’ll note that means our average donor gives $500 or more each year.) We need to raise double that to continue to do all the things we need to do in support of our mission. 

My goal is to achieve 100% CSPD member participation in the CSPD Foundation. Just imagine… if the remaining 800 members contributed as little as $100.00 — $1.93 a week — our campaign total would near the $110,000 mark.

Just $1.93 a week — a huge bang for the buck, when you appreciate the many ways this Foundation serves you, directly and indirectly, as a CSPD member.

As your Foundation president, it has been an honor to serve pediatric dentistry in California. I am proud to be associated with our profession in this way and would be most appreciative of your support. Please make your generous donation today! Thank you in advance for joining in this effort. 

Steve Gross

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