NC Caring Dental Professionals Fundraising

By Dr. Cynthia Bolton
Volunteer Coordinator for Dentists

Dr. Jacob O. Thorpe, DDS

Step 12: “Having had a Spiritual Awakening as a result of these steps; we tried to carry the message to alcoholics (others) and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

Step 12, at its most basic level, is a blend of spirituality, carrying the message and daily practice. In what ways do you practice Step 12?

I am sure you have many you can list. As a member of the North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals Fundraising Committee, I would like for you to prayerfully consider one more.

The North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals raises money for the Jake Thorpe Fund. This fund distributes no-interest loans to participants who need treatment but are financially challenged. The loans are structured to be paid in full when the participant finishes their contract with NCCDP. When a dentist or a dental hygienist is identified as in need of services from NCCDP, they are often at a very low point, not only spiritually, physically, and emotionally, but also financially. These loans make the difference for many to see their way to recovery.

There are many ways you can contribute to the Jake Thorpe Fund. You might choose to become a monthly sustainer. Any amount can be given monthly to the fund. When budgeting your contributions for the 2021 year, we hope you will consider the Jake Thorpe Fund of the NCCDP.

Secondly, the Jake Thorpe Fund can be the recipient of your Planned Giving. You may be looking for a significant way to make a contribution to our mission. A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our cause.  You can also make a gift from your Retirement Plans. Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets such as a gift from your IRA, 401K, 403(b), pension, or other tax-deferred plan is an excellent way to make a gift to our organization.

You can also make gifts of land or real estate. Gifts of life insurance policies are also excellent ways to make planned gifts. All of these may have tax advantages to you in the here and now. Working with your tax advisor is recommended. If you have not considered NCCDP in this planning before, we ask that you do so in the future.

Finally, our Fundraising Committee is launching a new Project called “Gifts of Gratitude.” This program will begin prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday season 2021.

Our program will allow you to send a card to a friend, family member, or colleague. For a donation of $10 to the Jake Thorpe Fund, a card will be sent to the person you choose to honor, thank, or in memory of their loved one. Rather than sending a tin of popcorn to a referring dentist, you may choose to honor them and their team! Your card is sent, your gift is sent, and you have helped to further the mission of NCCDP!

Look for more information on this exciting program in upcoming newsletters with more specifics on how you can participate.

In summary, as we practice Step 12 in all our affairs, I’ll share a simple prayer that sums it up for me:

“God, Take my will and my Life, Guide me in My Recovery, Show me how to Live. “Pg. 59 BB