Idaho Dental Foundation Awards Grants
North Idaho Clinics Provide Care to Idahoans in Need

(BOISE, September 8, 2013) — The Idaho Dental Foundation (IDF) recently awarded grants to the Snake River Community Clinic and the Dirne Health Centers. Both of these programs are vital pieces of the private, volunteer safety net dentists provide in each region.  “The Idaho Dental Foundation is pleased to be able to extend our commitment to the improved oral health of Idahoans by providing these two programs with financial support,” said Dr. Jack Matunas, President of the Idaho Dental Foundation.  “We are pleased to be able to help these two programs meet the growing oral health needs of people in their respective communities.”

As a first time IDF grant recipient, the Snake River Community Safety Net Dental Clinic in Lewiston is committed to assisting nearly 300 patients through preventative care, extractions, and emergency dental referrals with vouchers for payment. The clinic only serves local Lewis-Clark Valley residents in need.  Patients at the clinic are uninsured, have financial need and oral health care needs.  Historically, the clinic has only provided extractions for infected or painful teeth. With the help of the IDF grant, the clinic will be able to continue their current dental procedures, while providing patients with the opportunity to receive preventive care and oral health education. “We want our patients to be able to learn to take care of their oral health and hopefully that knowledge will be perpetuated to their children and other members of the community” said Charlotte Ash, Director of the SRCC.

Moving further North to the Coeur d’ Alene area, the Dirne Health Center will utilize their IDF grant money, for Veteran Vouchers. The Veteran Vouchers program is in its second year of operation and helps homeless and disadvantaged veterans of the U.S. military. Dr. Justin Rader, a former officer in the U.S. Army and current member of the Idaho Panhandle Dental Society, has committed to providing visual dental exams to veterans at Veteran Stand Down events in Sandpoint and Coeur d’ Alene. After the initial exam with Dr. Rader, veterans with limited financial resources will receive vouchers for follow up care, which can be used at dentists’ offices throughout the area. “This program was started with Dr. Rader’s goodwill and vigor. As a veteran himself, Dr. Rader is uniquely qualified to assist these veterans in need – with his heart and skill.” said Alan Brockway the Development Director at Dirne Health. “Thanks to the Idaho Dental Foundation grant, area dentists are able to join in the involvement with this worthy cause through the voucher program.”

These grants support IDF’s continued commitment to the improved oral health of Idaho citizens through education and increased access to care.


IDF, headquartered in Boise, is a non-profit cooperation founded in 2006. IDF’s mission is to support improved oral health for Idaho citizens through education and access to care. The foundation is a nonprofit cooperation exculsively for chartiable, educational, and scicentific purposes.  It is a constituent of the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA), which represents 800 practicing and licensed dentists and is the state’s leading authority on oral health in Idaho. Visit for more information.


Idaho Dental Foundation Seeks Grant Applications

(December 7, 2012) The Idaho Dental Foundation is seeking applications for 2013 grants. The deadline is March 15, 2013. Funding objectives include:

• Projects that improve the oral health of Idaho uninsured
• Projects that increase the oral health of Idaho working poor

The Idaho Dental Foundation is a nonprofit cooperation exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes; including-but not limited to the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Previous recipients include Lewis-Clark State College Foundation, Genesis World Mission, Terry Reilly Health Services, Dirne Dental Clinic, and more.  The IDF board is committed to the most efficient use of its donor’s charitable dollars for oral health in the state of Idaho.

Information and applications are available at

The Idaho Dental Foundation was founded in 2006 by the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA) as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. The board of directors are unpaid volunteers who meet twice a year and represent all seven dental societies of the ISDA.  The IDF partners with dentists, community health districts, businesses, other foundations, and government leaders to improve oral health statewide through education and service.


Idaho State Dental Association’s Foundation Gives $2,500 to Terry Reilly
Idaho Dental Foundation Funds Dental Services

(BOISE, November 16, 2011) — The Idaho Dental Foundation, the giving arm of the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA), has awarded Terry Reilly Health Services $2,500 to provide basic dental services to southwest Idahoans in need.

“This past July, 40,000 Idahoans in need lost Medicaid coverage for basic dental services,” said Jack Matunas, DDS, and president of the Idaho Dental Foundation. “This grant supports Terry Reilly’s efforts to treat patients who have no ability to pay.”

Terry Reilly Health Services is a 40-year old not-for-profit serving the people of the Treasure Valley from locations in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Homedale, Melba and Marsing.

The Idaho Dental Foundation is funded by donations from the 800-member dentists of the Idaho State Dental Association, Idaho’s leading authority on oral health.