About Us

Alliance for Smiles is a 501(c)3 non profit organization (Tax ID Number 80-0119414)

Our Mission Statement

To repair children's broken smiles by providing free comprehensive treatment for cleft lip and palate anomalies in under-served areas of the world.  Learn More

Our History

AfS was founded in October of 2004 by six members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco who had been involved previously with other cleft lip and palate organizations. The desire on the part of the Founders was to create a two tiered program to not only send medical teams to sites to perform corrective surgery, but also to create Treatment Centers where the protocol of cleft treatment in the United States could be replicated.  Learn More

Medical Missions

Alliance for Smiles organizes and sends surgical teams to sites for two week missions. A surgical team is comprised of approximately 15 medical volunteers, supported by approximately 5 non-medical volunteers. During a mission 70 to 100 under-served children receive surgery for cleft lip & palate anomalies. The AfS team works side-by-side with local medical practitioners to exchange ideas on proper medical techniques and procedures, as well as to provide follow-up care. Learn more about  volunteering on a mission.

Treatment Centers

Alliance for Smiles also helps to establish and maintain permanent centers to provide follow-up treatment and continuing care to children who have received surgery. The objectives and activities of the centers include dental treatment, speech therapy, parental education and psychological counseling. Learn more about our Cleft Treatment Centers.

IRS Form 990

If you would like to view a copy of our current Form 990, you can view it here: Form 990