Funeral Service Foundation, Inc.

Investing in people and programs to strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities

aka Funeral Service Foundation   |   Brookfield, WI   |  www.funeralservicefoundation.org

Mission

The Funeral Service Foundation invests in people and programs to strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Lee Wiensch CFRE

Main address

13625 Bishop's Drive

Brookfield, WI 53005 USA

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EIN

39-1831612

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Professional Societies, Associations (Y03)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Funeral Service Foundation invests in people and programs to strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academic Scholarships

18 scholarships are awarded per year

Population(s) Served
Adults

Annually the Funeral Service Foundation awards 7 Scholarships to NFDA's Advocacy Summit; 10 Scholarships to NFDA's International Convention & Expo; 15 Scholarships to NFDA's Professional Women's Conference USA and 5 Scholarships to NFDA's Professional Women's Conference Canada

Population(s) Served
Adults

60 Awards granted annually to licensed funeral directors from the US and Canada. Awards cover registration for a variety of funeral service professional training and certification programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through our grantmaking process, the Funeral Service Foundation supports initiatives of national scope that strengthen the funeral service profession, create greater public awareness of the role of funeral service in society, and support grieving communities and organizations working in the end-of-life care continuum.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Foundation leverages its growing financial assets and trusted partnerships to invest resources in:
• Significant academic and profession-wide continuing education scholarships to fuel the careers of funeral service professionals
• Innovation around memorialization and grief support, and
• Promotion of the profession that attracts the next generation of funeral service professionals and professional leaders.

Fuel the careers of funeral service professionals through scholarships, professional development, outreach, and tools and resources.

Fund and promote initiatives and outreach that make a measurable impact on funeral service.

Expand and diversify partnerships and grantmaking to organizations that support grieving communities.

The Foundation engages and advances the profession, and is known for building collaborative relationships and respected for thought leadership along the end-of-life continuum and beyond.

The Foundation is a focused, efficient organization with the leadership, staffing and financial means to respond to changing needs of the funeral service community and those it serves.

In 2020, the Funeral Service Foundation responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with compassion and urgency, raising a record $1.36 million and supporting funeral service through:
- Grants to more than 30 organizations throughout the US and Canada providing support to grieving communities
- Purchase and distribution of 50,000 N-95 masks to funeral professionals serving families
- Offset costs for volunteer funeral directors serving in COVID-19 hotspots
- Created and distributed 75,000 community-facing grief guide and a funeral service professional-focused self-care handbook - now in the hands of thousands of communities and funeral homes
- Awarded a record 493 scholarships to students and professionals, whose education pursuits continued even in the face of a global pandemic
- Collaborated with a related foundation to launch "Journey to Serve," an initiative aimed at recruiting military veterans to careers in funeral service.


In 2019, the Foundation impacted the careers of 377 funeral service professional with academic and professional development scholarships and opportunities, providing tools and resources to all who serve grieving families, and awarded grants to seven mission-aligned organizations including the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, National Alliance for Grieving Children, Hospice Foundation of America, TAPS, Samaritans and Alliance of Hope.

Our Youth & Funerals initiative has reached thousands of families across the globe, and continues to grow.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Funeral Service Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anthony Guerra

Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuaries/Funeral Service Foundation

Term: 2019 - 2021

Christine Pepper

National Funeral Directors Association

Bob Arrington

Joan Billman

Mark Busch

Allan Cole

Anthony Guerra

Kim Shelquist

Eric Tanzberger

Chris Trainor

Mark Krause

Kelly Millberger

David Falconer

Christopher Robinson

Lisa Baue

W. Ashley Cozine

John Heald

Thomas Pontone

Tim Schramm

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/28/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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