Nebraska Dental Foundation

Purposes of the Nebraska Dental Foundation

The Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code and is organized under the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act, §§ 21-1901 to 21-19,177 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes (“the Act”) . Gifts to the Foundation can support any of the following areas:

The specific and primary purposes and activities for which the corporation is organized are the receiving of grants, donations and contributions and the application of funds so received to educate the public about dental health related issues, to fund clinics providing dental services at a reduced cost to low income people, to fund scientific research or dental research, to make loans or grants to dentists who are victims of disasters to enable them to carry on their practices, to make loans or grants to dental or allied dental health students with financial need, to make loans or grants to disabled dentists for purposes of retraining, and to support other charitable or educational projects relating to dental health.

NDF Bylaws
NDF Grant Guidelines and Criteria
Nebraska Dental Foundation Grant Application

Making Grants and Making a Difference

The Nebraska Dental Foundation is growing and becoming more active by issuing grants and “making a difference.” Contributions to the Foundation help support a variety of programs. To raise awareness for the Foundation, we added a line item to the dues invoices giving each member the option of voluntarily contributing $50.00 to the Foundation

TAX DEDUCTIBLE - All gifts are tax deductible under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

Contributions should be made payable to the “Nebraska Dental Foundation” and forwarded to the NDA office at 7160 South 29th Street, Suite 1, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68516.


Grant applications are due by March 15 and reviewed within 45 days of receipt.

Nebraska Mission of Mercy

March 23, 2023
The NMOM Board filed its Articles of Dissolution with the Nebraska Secretary of State. Any future Missions of Mercy will be run through the Nebraska Dental Foundation, as was done in 2005.

Dr. Fritz Craft is working with the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs and the Nebraska National Guard, along with Drs. Jim Jenkins and Steve Anderson, to bring Mission of Mercy to Nebraska Veterans, or VetMOM October 6-7, 2023. Click here to Volunteer or as a Veteran patient. 

History of Nebraska Mission of Mercy (NMOM)

Nebraska was the fourth state to hold a Mission of Mercy, following Virginia and Texas in 2001 and Kansas in 2003. Nebraska held its first NMOM in North Platte, NE October 20-21, 2005.  Dr John Ahlschwede made it his 'mission' to have the Mission of Mercy start in Nebraska after his tenure as President of the Nebraska Dental Association.  Coupled with the vision of Dr Jim Jenkins and Dr Jim States, the first NMOM was chaired by Dr States in North Platte in October of 2005.   Over 900 patients were seen in two days and with the help of Kansas (KMOM) individuals and equipment, the Nebraska dental community provided over $350,000 of free dental care in those two days.  At that time NMOM had very little equipment of their own but were fortunate to have the expertise of Kansas dentists such as Dr Jeff Stasch, Dr Jon Tilton, Dr Max MacReynolds, Executive Director Kevin Robertson of the Kansas Dental Association and others as well as the use of their equipment. 

In 2010, the Nebraska Dental Foundation (NDF) created the Nebraska Mission of Mercy, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to operate future Missions of Mercy. 2010 NMOM Bylaws2011 NMOM IRS 501(c)3 The NDF also transferred the assets acquired for the Nebraska Mission of Mercy to  America's Dentist Care Foundation, which coordinates Missions of Mercy around the United States.

NMOM 2020 IRS 990 NMOM 2020 IRS 990 2021 Secretary of State NMOM

Mission of Mercy events in Nebraska.

2022 - Omaha
2021 - COVID
2020 - COVID
2019 - Omaha
2018 - no event
2017 Grand Island: 1,325 patients received $728,750 in free dental care.
2016 - no event
2015  Lincoln: patients received $ in free dental care.
2014 Lincoln: 1,233 patients received $700,369 in free dental care.
2013 Lincoln: 1,043 patients received $555,474 in free dental care.
2012 Alliance: 749 patients recevied $425,000 in free dental care.
2011 Grand Island: 1,378 patients received $617,317 in free dental care
2010 No NMOM due to National Special Olympics held in Nebraska.
2009 Omaha: 1,427 patients received $608,621 in free dental care
2008 Mitchell: 1065 patients received $571,515 in free dental care
2007 Norfolk:1393 patients received $506,778 in free dental care
2006 Grand Island: 1788 patients received $638,853 in free dental care
2005 North Platte: 903 patients received $356,750 care in free dental care

It is very satisfying to see how dentists give of their time, talent energy and love for such a project. All of their services are donated. Many of them bring their office staff and personal office supplies to help make the event a great success. Each community has been great in providing expert assistance from Non-dental Volunteers who also give of their time talent and energy to help their neighbors and friends who may not be as fortunate as some. Also each community has been very generous with donations of food, dollars, space to have the event and so much more.