FAQs

FAQs about the Dean's Circle

FAQs about the Dean's Circle
  • What is the Dean's Circle?

    The Dean’s Circle recognizes a group of dedicated supporters – individuals and families– who have joined in sustained partnership with the School of Dentistry to help address the needs of our School, our students, faculty and patients, and the communities that we serve.

  • Who is eligible?

    Anyone can join the Dean’s Circle. Especially someone who:

    • Sees the future of dentistry and realizes that it begins with students.
    • Understands that research is the foundation of many solutions.
    • Cares about their community and wants its members to receive the best possible oral health care.
  • How do I join?

    Make an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the Dentistry Fund for Achievement. Anyone who makes a gift of this level automatically joins the Dean’s Circle. Contact our Annual Giving and Stewardship Coordinator, Ms. Nicki Black, in our Development Office at 612-3014-6663 or black842@umn.edu to have a pledge form mailed or e-mailed to you.

  • What is the gift amount?

    Donors must give $1,000 or more annually to the Dentistry Fund for Achievement. Only gifts of this level to this fund will count towards Dean’s Circle membership.

  • Why the Dentistry Fund for Achievement?

    This fund is vitally important because it helps to fill the gap created by the decrease in other funding sources. Unlike state and grant support which comes to us designated for a specific purpose, the Dentistry Fund for Achievement allows our school to move quickly to capitalize on exceptional opportunities that present themselves throughout the year.

  • Can I space out my payment?

    Yes! You can make a pledge of $1,000 or more at the beginning of the calendar year and make payments on a schedule that fits your needs. The pledge must be paid in full by December 31 of every year to be recognized in our annual report.

  • Can my practice or company join the Dean’s Circle?

    Yes! Contact our Annual Giving and Stewardship Coordinator, Ms. Nicki Black, in our Development Office for a specific gift form for your organization. Please contact her at 612-301-6663 or black842@umn.edu.

  • Can I join online?

    Yes! Gifts made online through the University of Minnesota Foundation will count towards Dean’s Circle membership. Once a gift or pledge of $1,000 is made to this fund, our Development Office is notified and they will acknowledge your gift and membership in the Dean’s Circle.

  • How will I be recognized?

    You will be recognized in the School’s annual report as a member of the Dean’s Circle. You will also receive periodic communication to keep you updated about School of Dentistry activities and you will be invited to be the Dean’s guest at a special recognition event each year.

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