The foundation provides resources to programs and to nonprofit organizations in the areas of oral health, animal health, and occupational and physical rehabilitation. The foundation also supports educational programs, and programs for youth and for the economically disadvantaged. It also provides educational scholarships for dependents of Patterson Dental Co. employees. Within oral health, animal health, and occupational and physical rehabilitation, the foundation is focuses on services to those most in need. In addition the foundation seeks to increase the number of underrepresented people in these fields. There is very strong preference for one-time projects or start-up costs, or programs involving as volunteers a number of professionals or students in dentistry, veterinary medicine, occupational or physical rehabilitation.