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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.

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Chair
Paul A. Hummel, III
Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.

Vice-Chair
Evan Strong

Evan J. Strong Funeral Services

Sec./Treasurer
Roger Beyers

Beyers Funeral Home
& Crematory
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Director
Mike Butler

Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home

Director
Charles Castiglia
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home

Director
Tom Hemmerle

Barnett-Strother Funeral Home
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Director
Charles Castiglia

Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home
Director
Peter "Skip" Urban
Urban Funeral Home
Director
Jamie Wieting
Wieting Family Funeral Home

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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.


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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.

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