Better Business Bureau Report for
Oral Health America

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2018

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: 180 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1150
  Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-836-9900
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1955, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Mission/Purpose Oral Health America (OHA) changes lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Oral Health America meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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ACCESS: OHA works to increase access to and utilization of care by providing communities across the country with resources for oral disease prevention, education, communications, funding, technical assistance, donated dental product, and by facilitating public-private partnerships to support projects at the national, state and community level. EDUCATION: OHA provides the American public with information that is evidence based, focused on prevention and understood by all Americans. We reach the consumer through direct and indirect channels of communication, including online and social media; service providers in community based settings; oral health and population-based membership organizations; government agencies and policy makers with a common interest in prevention and improving oral and overall health. ADVOCACY: OHA supports and speaks for policies that prioritize oral health as a key asset in achieving overall health. Independently, and in partnership with other organizations, OHA actively supports policies that provide wrap-around services which enable all Americans, especially those most vulnerable, to access and utilize the healthcare system, as well as policies that rightly prioritize oral diseases as equal in importance with other chronic diseases.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Oral Health America's program expenses were:

Program Support 1,399,708
Smiles Across America 708,655
Wisdom Tooth Project 336,399
Campaign for Oral Health Equity 107,134
Other Education 10,720
Total Program Expenses: $2,562,616
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Chief Executive : Beth J. Truett, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Dr. Frank Catalanotto
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Professor, Department of Community Dentistry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Florida College of Dentistry

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 16

*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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 19% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,064,824, 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, 2014.

Source of Funds  
contributions and grants 1,643,602
in-kind product, publicity and other donations 1,138,452
special events 421,222
investment income 86,924
Total Income $3,290,200


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $3,290,200
Program expenses $2,562,616
Fund raising expenses 388,685
Administrative expenses 475,680
Total expenses $3,426,981
Expenses in Excess of Income (136,781)
Beginning net assets 2,772,853
Ending net assets 2,636,072
Total liabilities 330,990
Total assets $2,967,062

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