Better Business Bureau Report for
Oral Health America

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Oral Health America
Address: 410 North Michicagn Ave Ste 352
  Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-836-9900
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1955, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Oral Health America’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Their vision is a future in which the public, the healthcare community and policy makers recognize and take action to eliminate oral disease and pain because it is critical for overall health and wellness.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Oral Health America meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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A national non-profit organization working to improve access, to educate Americans about the importance of mouth health to overall health, and to advocate for equitable oral health policies. OHA focuses on serving 400,000 children annually through 140 national partners (Smiles Across America); reaching tens of thousands older adults and their caregivers through an online portal (; eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco among youth (NSTEP), sponsoring four initiatives through the Campaign for Oral Heath equity, and as part of the management team for the Partnership for Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Oral Health America's program expenses were:

Smiles Across America 1,020,184
Program Support 224,664
Wisdom Tooth Project 167,479
Fall For Smiles 92,971
Other Oral Health Programs 62,352
National Spit Tobacco Education Program 33,276
Oral Health Policy 15,318
Total Program Expenses: $1,616,244
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Chief Executive : Beth Truett, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Margaret Cottrell
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO of ProEdge Dental Products, Inc.

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 13

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,379,746, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Oral Health America's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and Grants 1,184,977
In-Kind Product, publicity, and other donations 660,540
Special Event Gross Proceeds 534,229
Investment Income 77,140
Realized gains on sales of investments 63,463
Unrealized Capital Gain 57,218
Other 27,773
Less Special Event Direct Expenses -198,010
Total Income $2,407,330


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 72%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $2,407,330
Program expenses $1,616,244
Fund raising expenses 295,976
Administrative expenses 327,999
Total expenses $2,240,219
Income in Excess of Expenses 167,111
Beginning net assets 2,119,001
Ending net assets 2,286,112
Total liabilities 417,321
Total assets $2,703,433

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