Our Mission

We exist to promote oral health for all

Our Vision

We see a future where all oral health needs are met.

Our Values


We discipline ourselves to focus resources where we can have the greatest impact on improving oral health.  We have a proclivity toward action and expect our dollars to make a difference.


We hold ourselves to the highest standards of consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.  We do what we say we're going to do and have a strong commitment to honoring the intention of donor dollars.


We look to solve oral health problems with compassion and concern for human needs to prevent pain and suffering, particularly for patients that face barriers to care.


We seek to foster a culture of innovation to discover solutions to tomorrow's oral health problems.  We learn lessons from failure & grow.  With e a long-term focus, we are not afraid to take prudent risks.


We carry out our mission with and through others.  We are open to listening to promising ideas and always interested in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Who We Are

The North Dakota Dental Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) organization established September 22nd, 1986 to foster and promote dental health. The Foundation board is comprised of dental health professionals as well as members from outside the profession that have a passion for dental health.

The North Dakota Dental Foundation offers grant opportunities and in-kind services for programs that meet our core purposes. We do this by focusing on making improvements to access to care, education, and workforce.

Our focus is on supporting initiatives that create lasting improvement in oral health.  We see a future where all oral health needs are met.

Current Board Members

Board Chair
Dentist at Goose River Dental Associates in Mayville, ND
Board Vice Chair
Dentist at Kristin Kenner Dentistry in Devils Lake, ND
Board Treasurer
DDS at Spectra Health in Grand Forks, ND
Board Member
President of New Vision Dental creations, Inc. in Jamestown, ND
RDA at Nelson DDS in Hettinger ND
Board Member
Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator at NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND
Board Member
Territory Sales Representative Patterson Dental in Fargo ND
Board Member
President of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association in Bismarck, ND
Board Member
ND Mission of Mercy Chair & Former Executive Director of NDDA in Fargo, ND
Director, North Dakota Oral Health Program in Bismarck, ND
Executive Director of the North Dakota Dental Association in Bismarck, ND
Executive Director and Ex-Officio Board Member
As Executive Director, Mike runs the day-to-day operations of the foundation in Fargo, ND
Board Member
Dentist at Sincere Smiles in Williston, ND
Board Member
Dentist at Northern Lights Dental in Fargo, ND
Board Member
Dental Territory Sales Representative at  Henry Schein Dental in Fargo, ND
Board Member
If you're interested in joining NDDF's board, please contact our Executive Director, Mike Little at: mike@nddental.org.

Past Board Members

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Dawn Williams

Past Board Member
Former Executive Director North Dakota Head Start Association in Fargo, ND

Heidi Nichols-Johnson, DDS

Past Board Member
Bismarck Dentist
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Greg Johnson, DDS

Past Board Member
Richardton Dentist
Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

Past Executive Director
First Executive Director of NDDF


Interested in joining our team?  Check out our current career opportunity of Operations Specialist.