Messenger – $10,000
For the second year in a row, Messenger gave a $10,000 donation in support of a Fund ’45 matching gift summer campaign. “The reason Messenger supports the Funeral Service Foundation and Fund ‘45 is simple,” said Bob Hoaglund, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. “We want our profession to be the best it can be and ensure we have programs in place to educate and continually improve. This will make all of us better and impact our communities in a really positive way.”
These major gifts helped the Foundation raise more than half a million dollars in 2018, which, in part, allowed the Foundation to award grants to the National Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, Eluna (formerly The Moyer Foundation), and the Hospice Foundation of America. Additionally, the Foundation has expanded its Youth & Funerals Initiative and its Foundation ’45 Awards.
Youth & Funerals Initiative
In 2019, the Foundation will underwrite the speaking fees for Good Grief CEO Joe Primo to speak on the Foundation’s Youth & Funerals Initiative at seven state conventions representing nine states. Primo is slated to speak at conventions in Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York and Ohio; Primo will also speak at Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma’s joint convention. “We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to our offer to underwrite Primo’s speaking engagements that the Board – with Primo’s enthusiastic support – has already committed to underwriting engagements into 2020,” said Arrington.
Since its February 2018 rollout, more than 300 funeral homes and other organizations across the country and around the globe have begun sharing the initiative’s tools and resources on their website and with the families and communities they serve. Those interested in learning more about the tools and resources available can visit FuneralServiceFoundation.org.
The Foundation ’45 Awards
Donor dollars have also allowed the Foundation to expand its Foundation ’45 Awards, which help make education accessible to funeral service professionals through academic and professional development scholarships and opportunities. New this year, the Foundation will offer up to 10 scholarships to licensed funeral directors to attend the NFDA International Convention & Expo in October in Chicago, Ill. Scholarships will underwrite registration fees and three nights’ lodging at a Convention host hotel. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks. “Donor support has allowed us to offer even more opportunities for funeral service professionals to grow and learn through transformative educational and professional development experiences,” said Arrington.
The Foundation ’45 Awards also include 18 academic scholarships ranging from $2,500-$5,000, which are available to students enrolled full- or part-time in ABFSE-accredited programs. In 2019, the Foundation is on track to award up to a record $55,000 in scholarship dollars. The Foundation will accept academic online scholarship applications through March 31, and again from August 15-November 1 at FuneralServiceFoundation.org.