The mission of OGR’s charitable foundation is to fund, perform and/or support activities on behalf of the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR). Its five-member Board of Directors is responsible for identifying projects that advance the standards of funeral service or contribute to the compassionate care of individuals in need.

OGR's Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program provides annual scholarships to mortuary students based on strong academic performance, funeral service experience, and an essay describing the student’s commitment to serving grieving families with compassion, fairness and dignity. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited mortuary science school or college, be scheduled to complete at least 75% of the program during the year in which the award is presented and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Click here to learn more.


The Golden Rule Community Support Grant Project is a program to help Golden Rule funeral homes support individuals or families who need aftercare services after losing immediate family members by offering one-time grants not to exceed $500 per approved application.

1.    What types of requests may qualify for grants?
Requests for community support grants will be considered when OGR members describe grant Recipients’ needs for aftercare support services or merchandise after losing family members or loved ones. Examples include the following:

•    Fees for grief recovery programs and educational materials.
•    Fees and/or travel costs to attend a grief camp, retreat or counseling sessions.
•    Contributions to a 501(c)(3) organization to provide resources that fulfill specific needs for community residents as described above.  

2.    Who is eligible to apply for a community support grant?
Only OGR members in good standing are eligible to apply for an OGR Community Support Grant. The grant project is intended to assist those who lack the means to obtain a needed resource. The OGR Foundation will rely on Golden Rule funeral home personnel to limit requests to those with legitimate needs for assistance.  

        Each OGR member is limited to one approved grant per calendar year. Not all applications will be approved.    

3.    Who is ineligible to apply for a community support grant?
Grants will not be approved under the following circumstances:

•    When OGR members own or co-own companies, including funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries, named as Resource Providers in
     the application.
•    When OGR members request advocacy or the advancement of political candidates or causes.
•    When Applicants are not owners, co-owners or employees of an OGR member funeral home in good standing.

4.    To whom will the funds be issued?
In most cases, the OGR Foundation will issue a check to a Service Provider. Circumstances that merit sending a check directly to Recipients must be described on the application. Funds may not be issued to OGR members.

5.    How many grants will be awarded?
Each OGR member is limited to one approved grant per year.

6.    Who will approve applications?
The OGR Foundation board of directors is responsible for evaluating and approving all grant applications.

7.   How do OGR members apply for grants?
Complete a simple application that provides the OGR Foundation Board with information regarding what the grant will help accomplish, who will benefit, the entity providing services and how much is needed. Applicants will be informed of the outcome within 21 days after receiving an application.

Click here for the complete guidelines.

Foundation Board of Directors and Bylaws
The Foundation's Board oversees all functions of the Foundation and maintains communication with OGR’s Board of Directors. OGR’s President appoints one OGR Board member to simultaneously serve on the Foundation Board; OGR’s President-Elect will have an automatic seat. Directors must be current members of OGR.

How to Support OGR’s Charitable Foundation
All OGR charitable foundation activities are funded entirely by members and their allies. The Order of the Golden Rule Foundation is a tax exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax deductible.

Contributions may be made in honor of or in memory of an individual. Contributors may specify an address to which the Foundation will mail a card acknowledging the donation in a person’s name. These donations will be published in the next issue of OGR’s The Independent magazine.