The Campaign for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, HSDM kicked off its capital campaign with a festive gathering at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston. The Campaign for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is part of the overall University campaign.

The HSDM campaign, with a goal of $8 million over four years, focuses on two primary priorities: Financial Assistance and Global and Community Oral Health Programs. Both will provide opportunities for students and operating-budget relief. View the campaign video and photos from the kickoff event. The case statement features stories from HSDM and information about the campaign.

Financial Assistance

Goal: $6 million

In order to ensure that HSDM attracts the most outstanding students, regardless of their financial situation—including individuals from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds—the School must significantly increase student scholarship and fellowship funding. HSDM must also ensure that when its students leave the School, they are not so burdened by debt that it determines their career choice and diverts them from their passions, such as public health or academia. A named, endowed DMD scholarship or specialty fellowship requires a minimum gift of $250,000. A gift of $1.5 million provides for full tuition and fees annually for a deserving student. Both offer the donor the opportunity to establish a legacy by naming the scholarship in honor or in memory of a loved one or in the family name, among other possibilities. Gifts of $10,000 or more may be pledged to be paid over time.

Learn about contribution options for financial assistance.

Global and Community Oral Health Programs

Goal: $2 million

HSDM provides opportunities for students to participate in programs through which they can understand their field and their lives within a global context and provide care to underserved populations around the world and in local communities. In addition, HSDM has developed strategic public health programs that integrate oral health into primary care and focus on educating the next generation of leaders in public health and public health policy. The School seeks funds to endow support for student externships and faculty initiatives in sustainable public oral health programs, both locally and in countries such as Haiti and Rwanda. Gifts of $10,000 or more may be pledged to be paid over time.

Additional Selected Opportunities to Build HSDM Capacity

Named, endowed faculty positions. Named professorships are available in the departments of Developmental Biology; Oral Medicine, Infection, and Immunity; and Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences. These naming opportunities each require a gift of $4 million.

Named laboratory. For a gift of $500,000, a donor may name the Preclinical Learning Laboratory.

Named spaces in the Research and Education Building. Various giving levels are available for donors to name a room or area in honor or in memory of a friend or mentor or in the family name, among other possibilities.

Chester W. Douglass Fellowship. This endowed fund supports a postdoctoral scholar working in dental public health.

George Franklin Grant Scholarship. A gift of $1.5 million will establish an endowed fund to support a DMD student.