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Please Help Smiles for Success Reach Its 100 by 100th Goal!

The American Association of Women Dentists will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021. By that year, our goal is to have 100 percent of active AAWD members partnering with the Smiles for Success Foundation.

Smiles for Success offers cost-free dental care to women graduates of accredited job readiness and placement programs or other community-based agencies. We encourage all active members to find an appropriate way to participate in Smiles for Success. Whether it is a tax-deductible monetary donation or a donation of time and/or dental services, every AAWD member can find some meaningful way to assist those individuals who are helping themselves through this life-changing program.

Although 2017 has ended, you still have until April 15, 2018, to make charitable donations and receive credit on your 2017 taxes. To make a tax-deductible donation or to find out how you can assist with Smiles for Success, please contact the national office at 800-920-2293 or visit the website at If you would like to assist by volunteering your time and professional services to this program, please contact

*The Smiles for Success Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization and as such, this donation to the Foundation may be tax deductible. For your tax purposes, our FEIN is 36-4131755. Please check with your personal accountant on the IRS rules and regulations regarding a donation to a tax-exempt entity.

The History

of Smiles For Success

The Smiles For Success (SFS) Foundation was established in 1995 by members of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). The SFS Foundation was formed to assist women in transition from welfare to work who cannot afford the cost of dental care. Facing a job interview for them may mean self-consciousness, embarrassment and pain as they attempt to hide decayed, missing and damaged teeth. In early 1996 the pilot program was launched in New York City and programs in Boston, Denver, and Philadelphia were developed in 1998.

The Mission

of Smiles For Success

Smiles for Success offers cost-free dental care to women graduates of accredited job readiness and placement programs or other community-based agencies thus helping those who are helping themselves. Smiles for Success is affiliated with numerous job readiness programs in over 30 states. The dental care offered is meant to be a short-term solution to those who need treatment unavailable to them through government programs or traditional insurance as they move from public assistance to the working world. Smiles for Success provides an opportunity for the dental community to effectively assist women who are on public assistance confidently obtain employment and financial independence.

The Success

of Smiles For Success
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