Alumni & Friends

Dental Foundation of N.C.

The Dental Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. (DFNC) was chartered in November 1950, just two months after the UNC School of Dentistry opened its doors, to support and enrich the UNC School of Dentistry through private contributions. The foundation began with a modest goal of $100,000 to support research, student loans, scholarships and other projects not covered by state funding. Thanks to the continued support of generous alumni and friends, excellence in dental education continues to grow through a stronger Foundation.

Today, DFNC awards more than $2 million dollars annually in scholarships, fellowships, and faculty professorships and awards, program support and facility updates. Most recently, DFNC led the way for the private funding campaign that helped make Koury Oral Health Sciences, the school’s newest facility, possible. In total, the 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit organization holds more than $30 million in private assets that are managed by its Board of Directors, comprising UNC School of Dentistry alumni and friends.

For more information on the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, the Office of Advancement (which houses DFNC and the UNC Dental Alumni Association), or  giving options, contact the Office of Advancement at (919) 537-3257 and ask to speak with Paul Gardner, executive director of DFNC and associate dean for advancement, or Sarah Huppert, regional director of development.