Our Mission

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 seven-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.

Foundation Board

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.

Adam Miles Martin
Miles T. Martin Funeral Home

Paul A. Hummel, III

Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.

Roger Beyers

Beyers Funeral Home
& Crematory
Evan Strong

Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
Tom Hemmerle

Barnett-Strother Funeral Home
Mike Butler

Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home
Charles Castiglia

Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home


Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program

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.

Golden Rule Community Support Grant Project

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.

Press Release Packet to Identify Needs in Your Community

OGR members may not know what needs exist in their communities that would benefit from grants of up to $500. The Golden Rule Community Grant Support Project press release packet includes the following helpful materials:

  1. A press release that asks local individuals and groups that provide grief support and aftercare providers to identify these needs.
  2. Guidelines that explain the purpose and criteria of the grant project to local providers.
  3. A grant application that local providers can submit to the OGR funeral home.

These tools will enable OGR members to determine which applications to forward to the OGR Foundation board of directors for consideration.

Grant Press Release Packet


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.