Service Corporation International – $50,000
Service Corporation International (SCI) made its seventh consecutive $50,000 major gift in 2019. “Year after year, the Funeral Service Foundation continues to inspire the profession to be its best, and offers the tools, education and grants to help funeral service professionals learn and grow,” said SCI Senior Vice President and CFO, and Foundation trustee, Eric Tanzberger. “SCI is honored to support the Foundation’s important work.”
Mrs. Barbara Mack – $30,000
Barbara Mack made a second major gift in memory of her husband, Steven Mack, who was widely regarded as a giant of American funeral service and is remembered for his commitment to integrity and excellence. Mrs. Mack’s $30,000 gift supports the Steven Mack Memorial Scholarship, which is administered through the SCI scholarship program. “We are honored to have the continued support of the families whose loved ones have made an indelible mark on the funeral service profession,” said Wiensch. “Mr. Mack’s trailblazing legacy will live on through the profession’s rising stars dedicated to serving families and communities.”
The Illinois Fund – $27,750
In recognition of the NFDA International Convention & Expo in Chicago, firms across the state of Illinois came together to raise $27,750 in support of the Funeral Service Foundation in 2019. Smith-Corcoran Funeral Homes/The Smith Family led the fund with a $10,000 gift. In an appeal to Illinois donors, the Smith Family wrote, “Bob Smith, Sr. served as NFDA’s president in 1991-92. Our Funeral Service Foundation support honors his legacy by ensuring funding for programs such as NFDA’s Meet the Mentors, that fuel the careers of the profession’s next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers.” Chicago Jewish Funerals (in honor of Stopher Bartol), the Darby family, Haben Funeral Home and Crematory, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, SCI Illinois Service, Shalom Memorial Chapels and Sunset Funeral Home also contributed to the Illinois Fund.
Mr. Ernie Hagel – $25,000
Ernie Hagel donated $25,000 to Fund ’45, which is the Foundation’s first-ever major gift from a Canadian firm owner. “This is a remarkable gift from a remarkable Canadian firm,” said Allan Cole, president and owner of McKinnon & Bowes in Toronto, and Foundation chair-elect. “Mr. Hagel’s gift underscores the Foundation’s commitment to make education and resources accessible to funeral service professionals across North America.” The Foundation has experienced an uptick in scholarship applications and resource requests from Canadian firms in response to expanded Canadian outreach efforts.