We support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with families and communities.
We carry out our mission by funding scholarships and educational opportunities for funeral service professionals, and investing in programs that lift up grieving communities.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
Every Dollar Matters
The Foundation receives gifts at every level from donors across the profession. From gifts made in memory or honor of a colleague and contributions from recycling proceeds, to major gifts and monthly contributions, every dollar matters. Each year, hundreds of donors support the Foundation’s work to strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities.
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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.
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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.
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Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the profession’s philanthropic voice. As the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997, the Foundation receives operational support from NFDA and donors across the profession to help advance its mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.