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Our Legacy-Our Future milestone

OLOF second anniversary notes legacy of working together

Our Legacy—Our Future, the nationwide initiative spearheaded by the ADA Foundation to raise awareness in dental education, celebrated its two-year anniversary in July.

The collaborative effort now boasts 119 partners as it strives to not only highlight the importance of education, but also to motivate people to give back to the profession either by donating or getting involved.

"We're always excited and appreciative when new partners join the effort," said Barkley Payne, ADAF executive director. "By becoming a part of Our Legacy—Our Future, dental schools, universities and associations illustrate their commitment to helping solve the problems facing our dental education system."

"People are really paying attention and that's important," said Sara Piety, director of development at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, an OLOF partner. "It's not just our school, it's not just Texas, it's everyone. We're all working together to promote dental education."

Our Legacy—Our Future encourages interested donors to give directly to the partner institutions of their choice. The goal is to collectively raise more than $500 million by the end of 2014 in order to address the issues facing the future of dental education.

"Joining gives the Ohio Dental Association Foundation an opportunity to be part of a collective group of state and local dental society foundations and demonstrate through the power of numbers the strong commitment of organized dentistry to give back through their foundations, especially to dental education," said Kathy Woodard, director of public service for the Ohio Dental Association and ODAF.

The initiative began in July 2006 and launched with 61 partners. By the end of the first year, 87 organizations had joined.

"From the dental association perspective, I am glad to see that so many more dental associations have joined OLOF," Ms. Woodard continued. "To me, this strengthens OLOF as a source of networking and a venue through which to connect with other dental association foundations about the issues they face and hopefully learn from their successes. I think any dental association that looks to the future of dental education will see how this can work for them as well."

In addition to raising awareness, OLOF is dedicated to helping its partners raise additional and increased funds for their respective fundraising efforts by offering free communication tools, including fact sheets, brochures, videos and newsletters.

The ADAF hosted a free Fundraising Academy for partners in Chicago Sept. 8-9 on how to make fundraising easier and fun.

For more information, visit www.ourlegacyourfuture.org or call 1-312-587-4716 or the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 4716.