The Smile Train Business Model

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Smile Train


A former United States Army officer, Bryce Neier is a proficient family law attorney that graduated from the Campbell University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1992. Currently practicing at his law firm in North Carolina, Bryce Neier is also engaged in the support of several local and national charities such as Smile Train.

Smile Train is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a global presence that provides resources and funding for cleft lip and palate repair surgery. Clefts are physical abnormalities that are caused when body parts, such as the lip and roof of the mouth, do not form together properly in utero. Clefts can be corrected with reconstructive surgery and affect as many as 1 in 700 children.

Smile Train employs a sustainable model to fund the cost of cleft repair surgery. Local doctors are trained to perform the surgeries at participating hospitals that also share in the cost of the surgery. Under this model, a $250 charitable donation is enough to provide a free cleft repair surgery to a needy child in a third world country. The Smile Train model also includes aftercare and speech therapy to ensure the surgery was successful.