Project Healthy Smile

Rating: 4.79 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: P.O. Box 2721 Minneapolis MN 55402 USA

Mission: Provide oral health education and dental supplies to underprivileged children globally.
Results: Currently PHS has programs in Haiti, Uganda, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Target demographics: Children organizations and orphanages in impoverished countries.
Geographic areas served: Haiti, Uganda, Vietnam and Cambodia.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile was created to provide oral health education & supplies to underprivileged children around the world. The organization has stood by its mission and made great strides over the past 3 years. The founders are 100% devoted to the cause and their passion shows in every mission completed. I have had the great honor of working with the organization from the ground level and watching the growth both globally and locally has been extremely moving. It's organizations like this that prove you can make a difference in a person's life, even if that person stands thousands of miles away and their need may seem so overwhelming, positive impact can be made. Each dental supply PHS donates helps preserve another smile. I like to believe these smiles help make this earth shine alittle brighter each day. Thank you PHS for the wonderful journey thus far, I look forward to what the future holds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile is a nonprofit organization that brings light to a major problem in other parts of the world where impoverished children lack sufficient dental supplies and knowledge of proper dental care techniques. I started working with Project Healthy Smile as an intern at the beginning of my Senior year of college. I have served a number of roles within the organization and performed many duties since I joined, including tracking and organizing donations, sending thank you kits to donors, and acting as the event coordinator.

As the event coordinator on the board for PHS, I am responsible for coordinating and executing our largest fundraising event of the year, Styles for Smiles. Styles for Smiles is a fundraising event that consists of a fashion show, a portion of the proceeds from clothing and jewelry sales going to PHS, a silent auction, and a raffle. This involves planning the event space, finding and coordinating vendors, soliciting donations for the silent auction and raffle and organizing these items/services. Another role that I have as the event coordinator is to venture into other fundraising events and start to plan those as well.

If this is a review of the organization, then here is what I have to say about the strengths and weaknesses of PHS. There are three major strengths of PHS. The first is that the organization has a strong mission and is a great cause that it is easy for people to come behind. The second major strength that PHS has is the loyalty, hard work, and dedication of its board members and those who support PHS. The third strength is the integrated marketing communications. The branding for PHS is very clear and uniform. This is shown through the website, the business cards, the event communications and marketing, and more. The reason for this clear and consistent branding largely rests with Hollie Mae, and I think it is a tremendous strength for the organization.

The only weakness that the organization has is that as it is growing, PHS is having trouble keeping up with the increasing number of contacts, amount of donor data, and other information that is incoming. However, even this weakness is one that the organization is working on even now. PHS is now collaborating with a group to now track all donor and contact information. So, even the weakness that PHS has is going to be turning into a strength.

Project Healthy Smile is an organization that has the highest integrity and a strong and wonderful mission. The founders, Michelle and Hollie Mae, are two women who had a great vision. It has been a pleasure to see that vision grow and their work be carried out, aiding impoverished children around the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

planning and executing a successful fundraising event. The Styles for Smiles event this April was a huge success, raising enough funds for sustainability in SE Asia for the next year.

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The strengths and weaknesses are listed above.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile addresses an important health issue so many of us take for granted. According to the Center for Disease Control tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. One can only imagine how it affects children in impoverished countries. Many children have never even seen a toothbrush. Bad oral health can lead to many systemic health problems. Teaching children good habits at a young age increases their chances of carrying those good habits into adulthood. Project Healthy Smile has a powerful mission that will change the lives of many children one smile at a time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Vietnam and Haiti

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

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