About the Funeral Service Foundation

The Funeral Service Foundation began in 1945 as an organization dedicated to improving the funeral profession and deathcare services through the effective stewardship of charitable donations from leaders, funeral professionals, businesses, and organizations in the funeral service community. The Foundation has been recognized as the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association Donors since 1997 and continues to help the NFDA in their mission to support funeral professionals. The Foundation seeks to provide meaningful, impactful resources and programs to help funeral professionals lift up grieving communities and offers scholarships and professional development to empower funeral service professionals and their careers.

Mission & History

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Making an Impact for Funeral Service Professionals

Valued as the leading scholarship and grantmaking organization within funeral service, the Foundation has supported, advanced, and celebrated the important work of the funeral service profession for four generations.

The Foundation is committed to fueling careers in funeral service through scholarships, supporting innovation around memorialization and grief support, and promoting the profession to attract the next generation of funeral service professionals and professional leaders.

Our Impact

Stay Connected with the Foundation

Learn more about how the Foundation can help you throughout your career. We give regular updates about scholarship dates and deadlines, resources available to help you build relationships with families and communities, and organizations whose work is making a difference in the lives of those who grieve. You’ll also learn about the donors whose generosity makes our work possible, and how you can support our work.

Foundation News

Foundation Leadership

The Board of Trustees is comprised of thought leaders from across the profession whose participation is based solely upon a belief in – and a commitment to – the Foundation’s mission of lifting up grieving communities by investing in people and programs that strengthen funeral service.

Leveraging its considerable expertise in fund development, program support, education, business management, law, and finance, the volunteer board oversees the strategic direction and financial health of the Foundation.

Board Leadership

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The Foundation Team

Dedicated to carrying out the strategic vision set forth by the Board of Trustees, the Foundation’s staff is a dynamic, focused, and collaborative team backed by more than 50 years of mission-driven experience.

Meet Our Team