What We Do

Founded in 1966 as the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Endodontics, the Foundation for Endodontics (a 501(c)3 charity) encourages and raises capital investment necessary to sustain and further develop the specialty. Over the years, both our mission and activities have evolved into four areas: research, education, outreach and development.

By focusing on these four concentrations, we assist members of AAE in the pursuit of excellence in their field and further our vision to support endodontists in their efforts to save natural teeth whenever possible. Throughout our fundraising activities, initiatives and strategic planning, we uphold our core values: integrity, accountability, responsiveness, innovative, collaborative and impactful.

In 2016, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $1.45 million, raising a total of $1.48 million from pledges, bequests and individual gifts. Learn more about the impact of our philanthropic efforts in each focus area:

Our research grants provide critical seed money for pilot projects that can lead to large-scale government grants. The Foundation also supports investigations that, due to the focus on endodontic treatment and technology, may not appeal to the broader interests of other funders.

Through grants and fellowship awards, we enable a growing pool of outstanding academicians to train endodontists and dentists in the specialty. We support both full- and part-time faculty by giving incentives to institutions to create and fill faculty positions and encourage endodontic departments to excel in their own philanthropic initiatives.

It is the goal of both the Foundation and AAE to provide care at the highest level for all patients. Current and future international and domestic outreach initiatives aim to help people in underserved communities as well as highlight the important role endodontists play in saving teeth.

Our funding grows new resources, bringing the specialty greater recognition and visibility. Outreach, expansion and engagement enable the Foundation to achieve growth through a more diverse portfolio of funders.