The foundation's goal is to develop initiatives that will build on its mission statement:

The mission of The NADP Foundation is to promote research and education to improve the oral health of the population through access to and the administration of oral health services.

The NADP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organized in 1997.  In 2023, the Foundation registered as a public charity in the state of Massachusetts. The NADP Foundation promotes the oral health of Americans through increased access to dental services.

The National Association of Dental Plans revitalized its independent Foundation to focus on research and education initiatives, including educating future dentists about dental insurance and the dental benefits industry.  

NADP members Delta Dental of Massachusetts, MetLife, Principal Financial Group®, and Sun Life U.S. supplied funds to re-establish the NADP Foundation, which was originally formed in 1997.