Dr. Kris Volcheck

Dr. Kris Volcheck, a dentist with a transformative vision, shifted from private practice to nonprofit work, founding the CASS Dental Clinic in 2001 to address the oral health needs of the homeless. Over the years, his commitment expanded into multiple programs, including dental care for homeless children, the Murphy Kids Dental Clinic, and the Parsons Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. In 2016, he established the Brighter Way Institute, overseeing various dental centers serving veterans, homeless individuals, and foster children. Dr. Volcheck’s journey reflects a passion for comprehensive oral healthcare for underserved communities, and he anticipates increased collaboration and innovation within the nonprofit sector in the coming decade.

Connect with him:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/krisvolcheck
FB: https://www.facebook.com/brighterwayinstitute

Innovator Insights

  • Exposure Leads to Understanding: To combat misconceptions about the homeless population, it’s crucial to expose oneself to their stories and experiences. Understanding their struggles and challenges can foster empathy and drive positive change. 
  • Challenge Stereotypes: Dr. Volcheck urges people to challenge stereotypes about homelessness. Instead of assuming personal responsibility for their situation, consider what adversities they may have faced. This perspective shift can promote compassion and reduce judgment. 
  • Foundational Elements for Nonprofit Success: Dr. Volcheck emphasizes the importance of several key elements for nonprofit success, including having a charismatic and knowledgeable founder, sustainability for at least three years, and a supportive community. These elements are crucial for replicating successful models in different cities. 
  • Diversifying Revenue Streams: To sustain a nonprofit, it’s essential to diversify revenue streams. This might include implant programs, trainings, or community events. Such initiatives can generate funds while simultaneously serving the community. 
  • Community Involvement and Financial Support: For organizations like Brighter Way Institute to thrive, they require community involvement and financial support. Donations, volunteering, and awareness-building efforts are vital to expanding the reach and impact of nonprofit initiatives. 

These insights offer actionable steps for individuals, organizations, and communities looking to make a positive impact in the realm of social service and healthcare for underserved populations. 

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