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.

Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program
To date, the Foundation has focused exclusively on its Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program which 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 graduate during the year in which the award is presented and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Click here to learn more.

Expansion of Philanthropic Activities
In 2016, OGR’s charitable foundation will evaluate opportunities to expand its philanthropic efforts. Projects being considered include programs and tools that help children and their families cope with grief after a loss. Submit your charitable ideas to the Foundation Board.

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.