Alumni posing for a photo at an alumni event.Every gift from our alumni and friends to the UAB School of Dentistry matters. Whether your gift is large or small, through traditional outlets or non-traditional sources, gifts provide the funding necessary to keep the UAB School of Dentistry at the forefront of excellence in oral healthcare.

We strive daily to realize our mission to unite donor passions with school priorities. We respect the rights of our donors to keep their gifts private and personal information private.

For more information on all giving opportunities and funds, please contact J. Scott Huffman, Executive Director of Development at (205) 934-3601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ways to Give

  • Cash

    A gift of cash, in the form of a check, is always appreciated, and don’t forget the gift is tax deductible in the year it’s made.

  • Closely Held Stocks and Bonds

    Non-publicly traded stocks (closely held company or family business) may be the best option for you, because it represents your largest asset and it produces little or no income. Gifts of long term appreciated closely held securities also generate a double tax benefit. You receive a current income tax deduction for the gift’s market value and avoid tax on the capital gains.

  • Pledges

    Contribution plans over a period of up to five years are welcome and encouraged especially for the created of named endowment funds.

  • Endowment

    Endowed funds are essentially savings accounts from which only the annual earning may be spent for the specified purpose. The principal of the gift is never spent. Donors may create a new endowment with a gift of $10,000 or more and may name the fund.

  • Bequest

    You may create a bequest under your will. A bequest allows you to maintain control and use of the assets earned during your lifetime. It is also flexible. The bequest can be structured as a specific dollar amount, a percentage of the estate assets or a specific asset. Ask you attorney or financial advisor to help guide you to ensure that this gift meets your personal and charitable goals.

  • Other

    Other options for giving, such as the remainder interest in a home or farm, an insurance policy, tangible personal property, such as collectibles, art or jewelry, intellectual property, and a charitable gift annuity also exist.

Giving Opportunities

Through your generosity, you are part of the legacy of touching lives and maintaining the school’s margin of excellence. Below are a few examples of the many configurations that a gift to the UAB School of Dentistry can take.

Endowed Chair - $1,500,000

An endowed chair is among the most prestigious and meaningful gifts that can be made to or accepted by an academic institution. An endowed chair may support a faculty member’s salary, or other expenses as the endowment agreement permits.

Endowed Professorship - $500,000

This type of endowment provides income that may be used for a portion of the salary and fringe benefits of the holder, who may also use the honorary title associated with the professorship.

Endowed Visiting Professorship - $250,000

This endowment brings a visiting professor to UAB Dentistry. This distinguished lecturer comes to UAB with skills and knowledge from another arena to share with peers on our campus.

Endowed Research Fund - $100,000

Endowed research funds provide income to support research in the discipline or area of interest as stipulated in the agreement with the donor.

Endowed Lectureship - $75,000

An endowed lectureship is used to bring a distinguished scholar to the UAB Dentistry each year to lecture on a particular subject or in a specific discipline.

Endowed Scholarship - $25,000

Scholarships may be endowed with a minimum gift of $25,000. Some matching funds may be available. For more information, contact the Development and Alumni Office at (205) 975-1207.

Endowed Program Support Fund - $25,000

An endowed program support fund may be designated to benefit one of our departments or programs. Fund may be used for general support, purchase equipment or supplies, student awards, or other expenses as the endowment agreement permits. An endowed support fund may also be converted in the future to a professorship or chair.

Prosthodontic Clinic - $25,000

In May of 2019, renovations began on the Prosthodontics Clinic. Housed in the former Endodontics Clinic space on the fourth floor, the Prosthodontics Clinic will be refurbished with modern equipment and facilities, including new cabinetry, new flooring, a new stabilization area, updated x-ray equipment and more. A plaque recognizing the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor will be prominently displayed in an operatory once at least fifty percent of the donation has been made.

Comprehensive Care Clinic - $12,500

The School’s main general dentistry clinic underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2018. There are a limited number of naming opportunities available for Comprehensive Care Clinic operatories. A plaque recognizing the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor will be prominently displayed in an operatory once at least fifty percent of the donation has been made.

Capital Improvements

The School is continually improving its physical structure and technology. There are a variety of school-wide and departmental renovation projects you may choose to support.

Student Excellence Fund

The Student Excellence Fund allows the UABSOD to give our students the extra assistance that takes their education above and beyond the basics provided by tuition and fees. The fund may be used to support student enrichment activities such as scholarships, student travel, equipment and supply purchases, student awards, guest speakers, technology needs, and other general support that enriches the overall student experience.

Joy White Fund

Since establishing the Joy B. White Benevolent Fund in 1988, the Alumni Association has been able to assist numerous students and their families who face crisis situations and emergencies. The Fund is named in memory of Joy White, who passed away while she was a student at the UAB School of Dentistry. Give to the Joy B. White Benevolent Fund.

Give to the Joy B. White Benevolent Fund

Gift Societies

  • The Volker Society – Lifetime giving of $100,000 and above
  • The Greer Society- Lifetime giving or annual gifts of $50,000 to $99,999
  • 1948 Society – Lifetime giving or annual gifts of $25,000 to $49,999
  • Founder’s Society – Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999
  • Dean’s Partner – Gifts of $1,000 to $9,999
  • White Coat Society – Gifts of $500 to $999
  • D.M.D. Society – Gifts of $100 to $499