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Since 1945 the Funeral Service Foundation has fueled the careers of more than 6,000 funeral service professionals through our mission support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and communities it serves.

We continually hear from professionals who value education, professional development and outreach, but who lack the financial means to access the opportunities.

And we’ve listened.

The Foundation ‘45 Initiative is our salute to our donors and visionary founders for making education accessible to funeral service professionals.

Fund '45

 Support Fund ’45

Fund ‘45 honors our roots and expands our capacity to fund academic scholarships, mission-focused outreach, and continuing education and professional development opportunities such as: NFDA’s Meet the Mentors, Professional Women’s Conference, Arranger Training, Certified Preplanning Certification and Cremation Certification programs.  All gifts over $45 will receive a Fund ’45 supporter pin!

Foundation '45 Awards

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The Foundation ’45 awards transform the careers of funeral service professionals through scholarships, awards, resources and mission-focused outreach. Whether you’re a student, newly licensed or a seasoned funeral service professional, our help you access a great education and take your career to the next level. Learn More.

Club 45

Join Club ’45

Club ‘45 gives a voice in shaping the next generation of funeral service to emerging leaders who have benefited from or expressed interest in Foundation-supported initiatives and scholarships. Are you an emerging leader who has benefited from the Foundation’s involvement in professional development and scholarships? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at club45@funeralservicefoundation.org to learn more and to join Club ’45!