OGR understands the particular needs of the independent funeral home and offers targeted programs, resources, services and networking opportunities that help them become — and stay— exceptional.
Professional DevelopmentResourcesBusinessSolutionsMusic License
Professional DevelopmentOGR’s educational programs allow you to exchange ideas, engage in discussions and discover innovations that will open your mind to new possibilities. Find details at Programs & Events. Annual Conference - Enjoy the company and camaradarie of professionals and build relationships across North America. Stay on top of what is happening in your industry with seminars on trends and how to care for families.
Fall Forum — Improve your operation with knowledge and ideas while earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Invitationals — Members host programs where they can share personal interests and activities with colleagues. Invitationals have included pheasant hunting, auto racing and fly fishing. Webinars — Cost-effective programs offering 60-minutes of successful strategies for operating your funeral home each month. [BACK TO TOP]
ResourcesThe Independent — Our flagship magazine, The Independent®, publishes opinion and commentary on what is happening in the funeral industry, articles that can help you make a difference, along with OGR news, programs and services.
Resource Guide — Your "must have" guide to staying in touch with your OGR network. The annual publication includes a member roster, with ship-out rates, program and product details and more. Keep it handy as a quick reference to the membership and OGR's network of supplier partners and exclusive products. Family Contact — Allows you to collect honest feedback from your families. You’ll gain a greater understanding of their needs, recognize ideas for improvement, receive well-deserved appreciation for you and your staff, and acquire pre-need planning contacts.
All Member Email — Powerful netwroking tool allowing members to communicate instantly via email to ask questions or share expertise. Press Release Program - Reach your community with news about events and people at your funeral home. Recognition Programs - Awards granted yearly recognizing member accomplishments, leadership and service.
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Business SolutionsGolden Services Group — Establish business relationships with top-quality suppliers for all of your supplies, business services and stationery needs. Business Aids - Save on personalized pre-need, at-need and aftercare products. Other printed materials include business cards, letterhead, envelopes, presentation folders and more. Dues Option Program – A smart move that saves you time and effort. By participating in the OGR/Aurora First Program, you can apply a portion of your annual year-end rebate toward your membership dues, and receive an additional 2% dues discount. Download the Enrollment Form.[See Aurora Casket Company in Supplier Index.] Preneed Alliance – Industry experience, savings and marketing strategies. The Preneed Alliance with Aurora Casket Company, Homesteaders Life Company and Preneed Funeral Program (PFP) provides members with preneed insurance choices. Members have access to the best policies on the market created by Homesteaders and can be assured that PFP, working cohesively with Aurora, has put together a superior solution.As an added feature, members can combine OGR’s Family Contact with PFP’s SoftTouch personalized note card system into an effective aftercare program. Take advantage of this profitable partnership for your firm and provide peace of mind for families.[See Preneed Funeral Program in Supplier Index.] Golden Rule Funeral Trust – Exclusive to members, the Golden Rule Funeral Trust offers the investment, accounting and online services of Access Financial Group/Interment Trust Services to make your life easier. When you invest in the Golden Rule Funeral Trust, Access Financial will handle the administrative tasks of taxes and filings.Your money is invested in government-backed securities and bonds, whereby all transactions are cleared through Bear Stearns and assets are protected by SIPC insurance.Though no one can offer a guaranteed return, Access Financial uses stable funds; no state or other association can interfere with the timely payment of these funds when you need them.[See Interment Trust Services in Supplier Index.] Find details on the above at Co-op Buying.
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Music License at the best rate available
Start or renew your music license at $235 - the lowest possible rate.
Thanks to OGR’s alliance with the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC), members receive the lowest rate available for their music license renewal.
Download and print the Music License Form to apply for a license or to renew an existing license. For questions, contact the membership department, (800) 637-8030.