Philanthropy and Community Benefit

Delta Dental of Illinois’ vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of the customers and communities we serve.

To further this vision, we have an internal Philanthropy and Community Benefit Team made up of employees throughout the enterprise that works to develop initiatives to engage our employees in enterprise philanthropy, educate stakeholders about our philanthropic efforts and invest in the communities we serve.  

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)3 charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, works to improve the overall health and well-being of people in Illinois through education and access to quality healthcare. Learn more about our Foundation.

Below are recent initiatives our Philanthropy and Community Benefit Team have worked on:

Operation Gratitude

Delta Dental of Illinois employees made paracord bracelets for military and first responders through Operation Gratitude. These bracelets are functional and can be used in emergency situations.

Pride Month

Delta Dental of Illinois is proud to be an ally of the LGBTQ+ community and dedicated to maintain an inclusive culture where all are welcomed, celebrated and appreciated. We supported the following organizations that serve and empower LGBTQ+ youth and young adults and offer parent support and community education. 

Women's History Month

We highlighted numerous women pioneers who have helped make advancements in dentistry. We supported the following female-focused charities to empower and advance the lives of women and girls.

Black History Month

We honor and celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to our Country and in our communities. We chose the following three organizations to support during Black History Month:

We also encourage our Enterprise employees to visit and support the Semicolon Bookstore

Holiday Charities

Helping to put a smile on another's face during the holiday season, our Enterprise supported the following charities, submitted by employees:

Diabetes Awareness 

Delta Dental of Illinois partnered with American Diabetes Association to support, educate and promote the connection between oral health and diabetes. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Genaro (Gene) Romo, D.D.S. is a member of Delta Dental of Illinois Board of Directors, practicing dentist and works in aiding the advancement of fellow Hispanic dentists and improving the oral health and overall health in Hispanic communities on Chicago's Southwest Side. Read more.

Omar Duque, president of The Hispanic IT Executive Council and a member of Delta Dental of Illinois Board of Directors since 2017, was highlighted for his efforts in mentoring and leading Hispanic professionals and promoting diversity. Read more.

Domestic Violence 

In addition, our employees committed to track their steps to reach a goal. A donation was made to Hope for the Day, a non-profit movement empowering the conversations on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.

Soldiers' Angels

Delta Dental of Illinois employees made no-sew blankets to donate to deployed service members and to veterans who are hospitalized or in wheelchairs via Soldiers' Angels.