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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 Board of Directors is responsible for identifying mortuary students and programs that advance the standards of funeral service and/or contribute to the compassionate care of individuals in need. The OGR Foundation, its board of directors and the whole of OGR thanks all of our donors for their generosity. Use the link below for a list of all of this year's donors.

Visit our Virtual Tribute Wall | Donate to the Foundation


AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

The OGR Foundation's Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program provides annual scholarships to mortuary students based on academic performance, funeral service experience and an essay describing the student’s commitment to serving families with compassion, fairness and dignity. The OGR Foundation will be awarding scholarships totaling $10,000 in 2024. 

Our scholarship application is currently closed. We will reopen the process on November 1, 2024. Students will have until December 31, 2024, to submit their applications. To apply in November, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a mortuary science degree program.
  • Be scheduled to graduate during the 2025 calendar year.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be involved in the community and school activities.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the pursuit of knowledge in mortuary science.
  • Commit to working for an independently owned funeral home.
  • Provide a 2023 transcript.
  • The top five applicants will be interviewed by members of the Foundation Board to determine the first-place recipient. 
2024 Scholarship recipients will be notified in March 2024 and will be awarded in May 2024. 


Click here
 to learn more and meet this year's winners!

 
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 WAYS TO SUPPORT

All OGR charitable foundation activities are funded entirely by members and their allies. The OGR Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax deductible. A gift of any size helps enable us to provide more scholarships to deserving young men and women interested in the funeral service field.

You may make a one-time gift or a recurring gift to make an even greater impact now and in the future. 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 also be published in the next issue of OGR’s The Independent magazine and recognized on our Virtual Tribute Wall during the calendar year in which the gift was made.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts enable you to leave a legacy by aligning your estate plans with your desire to support the Order of the Golden Rule Foundation. We can provide you and your legal or financial advisor with information and language that can assist you in making a planned gift to the Foundation.

Plan a Fundraising Event

By hosting a third-party event to raise money for the OGR Foundation, you can provide your friends, family or community with the opportunity to support the Foundation by through a fun activity you plan that sets a fundraising goal. This is a great way to engage individuals who are passionate about our cause and help raise awareness about the OGR Foundation and your business’s philanthropic involvement.

Silent Auction Donation

One of our largest fundraising events for the Foundation is our Annual Silent Auction held in conjunction with our Annual Conference. Your donation of an item, desired service or experience will help us reach our fundraising goal for the auction. To donate an auction item, email [email protected]

Facebook Fundraiser

A quick and easy way to support the Foundation is by hosting a Facebook Fundraiser. Host it in honor of your birthday or any time of the year, then engage your network of friends and family to help you reach your fundraising goal. Your Facebook fundraiser not only raises funds for the OGR Foundation, but also helps raise much needed awareness around our cause. Creating a Facebook Fundraiser is simple! Get started here.

Questions

If you have questions or would like more information on you can support the OGR Foundation, please contact Wendy King, Executive Director/CEO, Order of the Golden Rule, at (800) 637-8030, ext. 140 or [email protected].

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FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board of directors for OGR's charitable foundation approves all distributions from the foundation's funds and promotes all fundraising efforts. 

The board consists of 3 - 15 members in good standing of OGR, including the president-elect who receives an automatic to the foundation's board as a voting member. OGR's president and executive director both serve as non-voting ex officio members. All terms are one year long. There is no term limit.
 

Kim Hunter

Kim R. Hunter
Chairman
Humphrey Funeral Home
1403 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 487-4523

 

Roger Beyers
Secretary / Treasurer
Beyers Funeral Home & Crematory
1123 W. Main St.
Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 787-4343

 

Bill Brock, Jr.
Director
Vander Plaat Funeral Home of Wyckoff
257 Godwin Ave.
Wyckoff, New Jersey 07481
(201) 891-3400

 

Charles Castiglia
Director
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home
4199 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 627-2919

 

Thomas L. Hemmerle
Director
Barnett-Strother Funeral Home
2285 N. Main St.
Madisonville, KY 42431
(270) 821-7135

 

Paul A. Hummel, III
Director
Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.
500 E. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 253-6126

 

Laura A. Kendrick-Godwin
Director
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home
912 Lapeer Ave.
Port Huron, MI 48060

(810) 982-0179

 

Christopher B. Miller
President
Thomas Miller Mortuary & Crematory
1118 E. 6th St.
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 737-3244

 

Peter "Skip" Urban
Director
Anton B. Urban Funeral Home
1111 S Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 646-8556

 

Jamie L. Wieting
Director
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
(920) 849-4941

 

Mary Steele
Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Inc.
106 S Cherry St
Pineville, Kentucky 40977-1602
United States
(606) 337-2045

 

Wendy King 

Wendy King
Staff Liaison
OGR Executive Director & CEO
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 140

 

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