The $100,000 annual award recognizes one Illinois nonprofit organization that has made a significant impact on improving the oral health of Illinois children.  Eligible organizations must have a proven program that provides oral health education and/or access to oral health resources and care. The recipient of the Wisdom Tooth Award has up to two years to use the grant money.  The Wisdom Tooth Award recipient is announced during the summer.


Illinois public charities that are classified as exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code andpublic or governmental entities, such as public schools or health departments, are eligible and encouraged to apply. 


Read the Philosophy and Guidelines for the Wisdom Tooth Award.



2017 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient - UIC College of Dentistry
UIC College of Dentistry

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation granted its fifth annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to UIC College of Dentistry for general anesthesia equipment that will help these children receive the critical oral health care they need sooner.



2016 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient - Crusader Community Health
Crusader Community Health

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation granted its fourth annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to Crusader Community Health to help expand dental services for children in the Rock River Valley area. This grant will impact access to dental care for more than 3,000 school children at the Crusader School Based Health Center at the Auburn High School (AHS) campus and throughout Rockford, particularly those from the highest need areas on the west side of Rockford.


2015 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient - Central Counties Health Centers, Inc.
Central Counties Health Centers, Inc.

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation granted its third annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to Central Counties Health Centers, Inc. (CCHC) to help improve the oral health of at-risk children in central Illinois.  Located in Springfield, Ill., CCHC provides quality, affordable health and oral health care to Springfield residents and those in surrounding counties who lack health or dental insurance or do not have adequate coverage. CCHC will use the Wisdom Tooth Award to help fund its “Check Up Pick Up” Dental Transportation Program and expand its dental services to provide comprehensive care to more children.   The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation will recognize the Central Counties Health Centers at a reception in Springfield on September 24.

Central Counties Health Centers, INC.


2014 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient - St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center
St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center

The recipient of the 2014 Wisdom Tooth Award was St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center. Located in Chicago, the St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center provides comprehensive oral health care to children living in impoverished, underserved communities on the South Side of Chicago and throughout Illinois. The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's $100,000 award allowed the Dental Center to purchase essential dental supplies, as well as add another dentist to focus on caring for children with special needs.


2013 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient - Promise Healthcare
Promise Healthcare

Congratulations to the 2013 Wisdom Tooth Award recipient: Promise Healthcare from Champaign, Illinois!



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