The Humanitarian Foundation is the Official Charity of the Grottoes of North America



“The Humanitarian Foundation believes that children with special needs should live life as fully and as independently as possible. We are passionately committed to helping alleviate the suffering and improving children’s quality of life by providing dental care for those who otherwise might go without, One Smile at a Time.”


The Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that brings “Special Smiles” to children with special needs by providing them much-needed dental care. The program helps cover the costs of dental treatment, including hospital and anesthesia costs, when needed, for children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders, those with intellectual disabilities, including Downs Syndrome, and dental treatment for organ transplant recipients.

Members and Friends can give in these extraordinary ways

The Humanitarian Foundation is the official charity of the Grottoes of North America. Created in 1949 by the Supreme Council of the Grottoes of North America, the Foundation conducts the Dental Program for Special Needs Children for the Grottoes.

Prophets (Grotto Members) and their friends are encouraged to help continue the work with children who have cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, mental retardation, Down syndrome and organ transplant by supporting the Enchanted Lantern Society, Fairchild Society, and Legacy Society.

For more info on how you can donate to the Humanitarian Foundation please visit:

Enchanted Lanterns

In the early days of the Grotto, members would hang a red railroad lantern in the window to indicate the location of their next meeting. This history of the lantern was not forgotten when, in 1953, the Grottoes adopted the “Enchanted Lantern” as their emblem to represent each contribution of $50 or more.

The annual sale of Enchanted Lanterns to Grotto members has become the backbone of the Humanitarian Foundation’s fund raising efforts for nearly 60 years.

Donations support the Dental Program through the Endowment Program.

Meet the Dr. of Smiles

The Dr. of Smiles—Grotto volunteers– are key to the operation of the dental program within the Humanitarian Foundation. They are the Grotto representatives in the community who work with families, dentists, and the Humanitarian Foundation to ensure that special needs children receive the dental care they need.

The local Grotto is very important to the dental program as they sponsor the individual child into the program.

To learn a little more about our representatives and the work they do, please watch the video below to see this year’s honoree.

A Doctor of Smiles is a:

M ediator
A mbassador
N egotiator

O riginator
F acilitator

G rantor of Help
R ecruiter
A dvocate
C onduit
E nabler

James Jackson Jr.
Dr. of Smiles

The Toothbrush Program

The Toothbrush Program allows Grotto Members and their Ladies to interact with the public to introduce the Grottoes of North America and their charitable endeavors. Toothbrushes are distributed in a public area where the members have an opportunity to talk and explain what the Grotto is and what they do. Donations are gratefully accepted and Enchanted Lanterns are issued to the Grotto for the funds deposited. The donations are placed into the charitable trust and used to help fund the Dental Care for Children with Special Needs program.

A complete manual on organizing a Toothbrush Day is available through the Humanitarian Foundation office. Aprons are available for use with the program, they are washable and can be used various times and functions. They have been printed with a picture of a Fez, an Enchanted Lantern and “Grotto Prophets Support Dental Care for Children with Special Needs”.

Toothbrushes are provided to you by the Humanitarian Foundation. ALL donations received are to be sent to the Humanitarian Foundation office and the Grotto will be credited with Enchanted Lanterns. At the end of the Grand Monarch’s year, these lanterns will be included in the number of Enchanted Lanterns donated by your Grotto.
Posters are available for you to use to promote your event prior to the date. Place them in high- traffic areas in your community.

Immediately after the event, please file a report with the Humanitarian Foundation office along with a picture or two that can be displayed on the web site or possibly in the Grotto Magazine.

*FREE – Toothbrushes provided
*FREE – Posters provided
*FREE – Toothbrush Day Manual Free
*Aprons are $6.50 each

To place an order to sponsor a Toothbrush Day, call the Humanitarian Foundation office at 614-933-0711, fax your order to 614-933-0481, or email an order.