Our Mission

Investing in people and programs that strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities. THANK YOU to our donors who make our important work possible.

Double Your Impact

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner. Matched by a generous donor, your gift will help us share grief resources with families and communities most in need.
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The Foundation presents a FREE webinar on December 2 with Dr. Alan Wolfelt in partnership with NFDA. The webinar is free and open to members and non-members of NFDA. Entitled “You Matter: The Importance of Self Care,” the webinar is based on our new resource, Caring for Families & Caring for Yourself.

FREE Self-Care Handbook

The tips, guidance, quizzes and journaling prompts in this free handbook help funeral service professionals manage stress, learn the importance of self-care and uncover a deep sense of self-understanding.
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FREE Youth-Focused Community Resource

Order FREE copies of “Youth & Funerals: The importance of memorialization in the lives of youth” to help grieving families and communities create healthy, healing memorialization experiences involving children. Available in English and Spanish. Simply pay shipping.
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FREE COVID-19-Focused Grief Resource

Order free copies of “Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the loss of your loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic” to share with your families an communities. Available in English and Spanish. Simply pay shipping.
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COVID-19 Support

Thanks to our generous donors, we have awarded nearly $500,0000 in urgently needed funding in the areas of volunteer relief, PPE procurement, grief resources, and grants to grief support organizations.
Learn more about our COVID-19 Response.


“Chip in” for the Students

Together, we raised $130,000 in academic scholarship support through our Virtual Golf Classic!
Learn more about our generous supporters!

Fueling Careers in Funeral Service

From academic scholarships to multiple professional development opportunities, we’re here to support your career every step of the way.
Learn more and apply today!


Three Generations of Impact

The Funeral Service Foundation has served as the funeral service profession’s philanthropic voice since 1945. We’ve supported three generations of funeral service professionals because our donors understand that a gift to the Foundation is a gift to the future of funeral service.
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Strengthening Funeral Service and Lifting Up Grieving Communities

Mission-aligned, US-based 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to apply for funding for projects that strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities. Projects must be of national scope and significance.
Learn more and apply.

Reach Out Within Your Community

Costs associated with burials, cremation, memorialization, etc. are not eligible for funding. If you are seeking assistance with financial arrangements to pay for a funeral, we recommend that you reach out to a local funeral service professional to discuss your options for creating a meaningful and dignified tribute within your budget. You may also want to consider connecting with local community organizations and municipalities for possible funding assistance.
Find a local funeral home.

Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the philanthropic voice of the funeral profession and has identified as the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997. Donors and volunteer leaders profession-wide support the Foundation in its mission of investing in people and programs to strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities.

Lifetime Giving $100,000+