Why I Give


Naomi Lane, DDS '09

"I am thankful for the knowledge, skills and opportunities the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has given me. I support the school's mission to educate the next generation of dental professionals and to provide quality continuing education to alumni." - Naomi Lane, DDS '09

How we give back to the School of Dentistry

Turn farmland into support for the school

School of Dentistry alumnus A. David Flor helped the School of Dentistry with one gift and 109 acres of Freeborn County farmland. Read more.

Sign and front desk of the University of Minnesota's TMD, Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic

Grateful patient gives thanks to TMD clinic

Edina's Jim Deanovic endured years of debilitating pain before a visit to the School of Dentistry's TMD, Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic changed his life. Deanovic showed his appreciation by giving to the Orofacial Pain Endowed Fund to help the School continue its life-saving work. Read more.

Kathryn and Kurt Carlson

Giving to the Max for scholarships

Kathryn and Kurt Carlson are not only graduates of the University of Minnesota; they are big boosters, too. Kurt earned his DDS from the School of Dentistry in 1980 and Kathryn earned her MBA from the Carlson School of Management. Read more.

Amanda Abbott

Dental Hygiene scholarship connects generations

Amanda Abbott, BSDH '21, found her way to the School of Dentistry thanks to the Gordon and Marie Hackborn Dental Hygiene Scholarship, instituted by a 1959 Dental Hygiene graduate. Read more.

Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc

Faculty supporting our student body

As professor and Chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care, Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc is passionate about what she does. Even more, she’s passionate about shaping and empowering the next generation of professionals in her field by giving forward for School of Dentistry students. Read more.