Support the Department of Pediatric Dentistry

A Child’s Smile Is In Your Hands

Giving Opportunities To The Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Everyone likes to see a child’s smile. The Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the UAB School of Dentistry is committed to bringing a smile to children throughout Alabama. Residents and students are taught exceptional clinical and research skills and how to become caring professionals, by our distinguished faculty. They learn how to create partnerships with other disciplines and organizations, and develop policies to increase access to oral health care for everyone. Your generous contributions will help make the Department of Pediatric Dentistry stronger, and improve the health of children in Alabama.

Giving Opportunities

The Dr. John Thornton Endowment

The Dr. John Thornton Endowment supports community outreach with the UAB School of Dentistry Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Your gift will help bring pediatric dental care to underserved areas through clinics and screening programs throughout Alabama. The Endowment provides stipends to deserving residents serving the various communities. The fund is in honor of Dr. John Thornton, a life-long advocate of community outreach and dental care for underserved and special needs children.

The Pediatric Dentistry Gifts Fund

By donating to The Pediatric Dentistry Gifts Fund, you help provide Dr. Noel Childers, Department Chair, important unrestricted financial resources. These discretionary funds may be spent on student and faculty travel, scholarships, updated technology, and stronger academic programs.

The Britta Rahemtulla Endowed Support Fund

There is a profound need for well-trained pediatric dentists throughout Alabama. Your generous contributions to the Britta Rahemtulla Endowed Support Fund will help us attract new and additional dentists to our pediatric dental residency program. A native of Sweden, Britta Månsson-Rahemtulla, D.D.S., Dr. Ont., influenced the course of dental practice through scholarly endeavors at UAB and abroad, which include internationally recognized research.

The Pediatric Dentistry Vision Fund

The Pediatric Dentistry Vision Fund is a newly established fund that will allow the Department Chair and faculty to put private gifts to their greatest use, allocating dollars for resident travel, faculty development, outreach activities, facility improvements, and numerous other Department priorities.  This fund will equip the Department of Pediatric Dentistry with the flexibility and resources it needs to effectively carry out its mission and realize its goals, both short and long term.

All gifts are tax-deductible. For gifts of stock or for more information, please contact the Office of Development at (205) 934-3601.

Mail checks to: SDB 214, 1720 Second Ave. South, Birmingham AL 35294


Birmingham Area Information

Birmingham is a progressive city located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with a metropolitan area population that is approaching one million. It is Alabama's largest retail trade and financial center and has become internationally renowned as a medical center. Birmingham's medical community provides both comprehensive treatment services and innovative research with more than one in ten workers having jobs related to medicine and health care. The city has transformed from a major steel producing city to one which represents a blend of high tech biomedical and telecommunication ventures. Sports, fine arts, music and the theater are all well represented providing outstanding entertainment. Birmingham enjoys four distinct seasons and has a temperature which is ideal for enjoying outdoor activities available at the numerous area parks.

Weekend vacationers frequently take advantage of the crystal white beaches located on the Gulf of Mexico which is a five hour drive south of Birmingham. Additional information on the Birmingham area (housing, etc.) is available from the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

Location and Parking

The student and resident clinics of the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic are located on the third floor of the UAB School of Dentistry building at 1919 7th Avenue South between 19th and 20th Streets South. The pediatric dentistry faculty practice is located in Children's Hospital.



I-65 Southbound

Take the 4th Avenue South exit (#259-B). Stay on 4th Avenue South to 19th Street South. Turn right onto 19th Street South, go three blocks to 7th Avenue South. Turn left onto 7th Avenue South.

I-65 Northbound

Take the University Blvd. exit, also known as 8th Avenue South. Follow 8th Avenue South to 19th Street South. Turn left onto 19th Street South. Go one block and turn right onto 7th Avenue South.

From Hwy. 280, Elton B. Stephens Expressway, and Red Mountain Expressway

Take the 8th Avenue South exit, also known as University Boulevard. Merge right onto 8th Avenue South. Follow 8th Avenue South to 20th Street South and turn right onto 20th Street South. Take 20th Street South to 7th Avenue South and turn left onto 7th Avenue South.

From I-20/59

Take the Carraway Blvd. exit. Follow the ramp onto Hwy 31/280. Take the 8th Avenue South exit. At the end of the exit, turn right onto 8th Avenue South and follow 8th Avenue South to 19th Street South. Turn right onto 19th Street South. Go one block and turn right onto 7th Avenue South.


UAB Parking Deck 8—Located on 8th Ave between 19th and 20th Street.
Full day parking fee $6

Double Tree Hotel—Located on 20th Street at 8th Ave.
Parking fee $10

Hospitality Inn—Located on 7th Ave at 21st Street.
Parking fee $2

Metered parking is available on the street on a first-come, first-served basis.


The UAB School of Dentistry is located on 7th Avenue South between 19th and 20th Streets South.

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Your Support is Crucial

It started with a mission to create a School of Dentistry that stands as the cornerstone of educational, service and research activity. In over 50 years, the School of Dentistry, Alabama’s only dental school, has grown into a premier institution that educates the best students in the nation. Now, you can assist the School in continuing its mission by contributing in a number of ways. By doing so, we will be able to maintain our status as one of the finest schools in the country.

  • Giving Opportunities
  • Funding Options
  • Ways in Which to Give
  • Other Ways to Give

Giving Opportunities

A gift to the UAB School of Dentistry can take many configurations. It can be a check to our Annual Fund. A charitable gift annuity, which helps establish a scholarship. Or a bequest to an endowment under your will. Through your generosity, you are part of the legacy of touching lives and reaching even loftier goals.

Funding Options

When contributing to the UAB School of Dentistry, you have several funding options available to you:

Endowed Scholarships

Creating an endowed scholarship offers you the unique opportunity to make a critical contribution to dentistry, both now and into the future. Your contribution is fully invested in the University of Alabama system, and a portion of the principal’s interest earnings are paid out to a deserving student annually. Each year, your initial contribution remains untouched, yet it grows by gaining more interest.

You may choose to contribute to an existing scholarship. The School of Dentistry has several endowed scholarships, including the David Greer Endowed Scholarship, the Thomas Alexander Endowed Scholarship, and various district dental scholarships, among others.

Annual Fund

Each year, the School of Dentistry requests donations in order to continue its critical work and to maintain its high standards. By contributing to the Annual Fund you provide important unrestricted financial resources, which offer additional opportunities for increased student scholarships, as well as the very best educational programs, research, facilities and oral health care.

The Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto Endowment

In honor of her unending support and contributions to the School of Dentistry, an endowment has been created honoring Dean Emerita Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto. The primary mission of the endowment is to provide funds to continue and increase the School’s continuing commitment to provide quality dental care to those less fortunate than ourselves who reside in communities throughout the state.

Class Gift Funds

One way dental school alumni can support the School of Dentistry is by setting up a class project that reflects the interests and character of their class—or by supporting one that already exists. The class and the Dean mutually agree on a class project. Class projects may include scholarships, endowed support funds, professorships or chairs or renovation projects. Class giving is strongly tied to reunion giving. Leading up to and throughout a reunion year, classes make a special effort to raise money for the School in honor of their reunion.

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. There is currently a great need for private funds to help renovate the third floor.

For more information on helping the School of Dentistry, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (205) 975-1207.

Ways In Which To Give

Cash - A gift of cash, in the form of a check, is always appreciated, and don’t forget it’s 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 creation of named endowed funds.

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 your attorney or financial advisor to help guide you to ensure that this gift meets your personal and charitable goals.

Endowment - Endowed funds are essentially savings accounts from which only the annual earnings 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 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.


Other Ways To Give

In addition to the before-mentioned ways to give, there are an array of options, such as the remainder interest in a home or farm, an insurance policy, tangible personal property, such as collectibles, art or jewelry, intellectual property, charitable gift annuity, in addition to many more.

Your contributions will make a difference and improve the lives of Alabamians and those throughout the country and the world.