Major gifts from Service Corporation International, The Baue Family, Ernie Hagel, an anonymous donor, and the Foundation’s cremation recycling initiative helped the Foundation reach a record $1.36 million in contributions in 2020.
In a year when funeral service professionals faced challenging and uncertain obstacles in their call to serve families and communities, they also answered the call to give. The Funeral Service Foundation gratefully accepted $714,000 in year-end major gifts bringing the Foundation’s 2020 fundraising total to a record $1.36 million.
“We are grateful for the trust and confidence our donors place in us to carry out the Foundation’s mission of investing in people and programs to strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities,” said Lee Wiensch, CFRE, executive director of the Funeral Service Foundation. “This remarkable end-of-year donor generosity expands our capacity to serve funeral service through scholarships, community resources and grants.”
Generous donors in 2020 helped fund academic and professional development scholarships and opportunities for more than 500 funeral service professionals and students; award grants to 31 grief- or education-focused organizations; send volunteer relief and PPE supplies to areas affected by COVID-19; support continuing education opportunities to five state associations; and create grief and self-care resources for communities and funeral service professionals.