Align™ Technology Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With US$250,000 Contribution to JA Worldwide Through the Align Foundation to Support Both Organizations' Shared Purpose of Inspiring and Preparing Young People to Succeed
Align Technology, Inc. ("Align") (Nasdaq: ALGN) a leading global medical device company that designs, manufactures, and sells the Invisalign® system of clear aligners, iTero™ intraoral scanners, and exocad™ CAD/CAM software for digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry today announced a $250 thousand donation to JA (Junior Achievement) Worldwide through the Align Foundation, the Company's donor-advised charitable fund through Fidelity Charitable. The donation to JA commemorates Align's 25th anniversary milestone as a company that has transformed smiles and changed lives for millions of people around the world through Align's pioneering technology innovations and doctor-driven business model.
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"Our 25th anniversary milestone is an opportunity to celebrate how Align has transformed orthodontics and enabled doctors to help more than 12.8 million people worldwide achieve healthy beautiful smiles and change their lives," said Julie Paulsen, Align Technology vice president, corporate social responsibility. "As a global company and as individual employees, we believe in making a positive difference in the communities and are proud to support the important work of JA Worldwide to prepare young people for work and career readiness as they develop critical life skills. We look forward to working with JA to help build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders."
The one-hour 25th Anniversary Trivia game hosted by members of the executive management committee ("EMC") was a big hit, with several hundred employees from around the world joining in live. The EMC Trivia Challenge tested participants' knowledge in a variety of categories, including Align trivia, from our early history to our international expansion, technology innovations, and more.
JA Worldwide is a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed through proven lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship that are shown to positively impact the lives of young people.
Align's support for J is a reflection of its philanthropic philosophy of supporting organizations whose visions tie closely to Align's - improving smiles, supporting and educating teens, and empowering customers through partnerships with learning institutions and foundations.
About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign® system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, iTero® intraoral scanners and services, and exocad® CAD/CAM software. These technology building blocks enable enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies for over 217 thousand doctor customers and is key to accessing Align's 500 million consumer market opportunity worldwide. Align has helped doctors treat over 12.8 million patients with the Invisalign system and is driving the evolution in digital dentistry through the Align Digital Platform, our integrated suite of unique, proprietary technologies and services delivered as a seamless, end-to-end solution for patients and consumers, orthodontists and GP dentists, and lab/partners. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.
For additional information about the Invisalign system or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com. For additional information about the iTero digital scanning system, please visit www.itero.com. For additional information about exocad dental CAD/CAM offerings and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit www.exocad.com.
About the Align Foundation
Launched in 2020, the Align Foundation provides a structured means by which significant donations are directed from a donor-advised fund overseen by Fidelity Charitable, with the flexibility to provide smaller monetary donations, processes to donate our products, as well as an organized way to involve our employees in giving activities. In March 2020, we funded $1 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts globally and donated personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks and worked with partners to source supplies for additional PPE to help hospitals and healthcare providers. To date, Align has contributed over $4.6 million to charitable causes including Operation Smile, America's Toothfairy, and other non-profits dedicated to youth development through schools and educational programs. Over the last two years, our employees have volunteered over 10,000 hours as part of our dedicated month of giving in October called Month of Smiles.
About JA Worldwide
As one of the world's largest and most-impactful youth-serving NGOs, JA Worldwide delivers hands on, immersive learning in work readiness, financial health, entrepreneurship, sustainability, STEM, economics, citizenship, ethics, and more. Reaching more than 12 million young people each year through nearly half a million teachers and business volunteers, JA Worldwide is one of few organizations with the scale, experience, and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Visit us at jaworldwide.org.