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NFDA Governance & Structure

NFDA underwent a review of its current governance structure this year to ensure that it continues to effectively and efficiently support the association’s mission and vision for the future of funeral service. Amendments to the structure have been proposed.

Please review the Proposal Summary and Frequently Asked Questions to learn more. Full details are also available below.

2015 NFDA House of Delegates Report

2015 NFDA Election Information/Candidate Bios

NFDA Vision for the Future Governance Redesign

About NFDA's Current Governing Structure

2015 NFDA House of Delegates Report
Published September 11, 2015

Resolution. The NFDA Executive Board has sponsored a resolution, to be considered at the 2015 NFDA International Convention & Expo, October 18-21 in Indianapolis, to amend and restate the current NFDA Constitution and Bylaws in their entirety and adopt in their stead new Bylaws that would implement major changes to NFDA’s governance structure.

The following documents pertaining to the resolution are provided for your reference. Please download and/or print the documents in preparation for the House of Delegates meeting:

  1. Resolution to Adopt the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the National Funeral Directors Association
  2. Proposed new NFDA Bylaws (Constitution and Bylaws Amended and Restated as Bylaws)
  3. Redlined document comparing proposed new Bylaws to current Bylaws
  4. Redlined document comparing proposed new Bylaws to current Constitution
  5. Summary of Proposed Governance Structure Changes
  6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Proposed Governance Structure Changes

Approval of the proposed new Bylaws requires a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the House of Delegates. The resolution will be discussed at a special Town Hall meeting on Monday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. The resolution will be reviewed by the NFDA Governance Committee on Monday, October 19 at 2:15 p.m. The House of Delegates meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 11:15 a.m. All meetings will be in the Indiana Convention Center and all convention attendees are encouraged to attend.

Elections. Elections for Secretary, Treasurer, and President-elect will take place during the House of Delegates meeting. Review the 2015 NFDA election information and candidate biographies.

NFDA Vision for the Future Governance Redesign
Revised August 19, 2015


The landscape of funeral service continues to evolve and NFDA’s governance structure has remained unchanged since 1991. To ensure NFDA is able to uphold a standard of excellence in service to members, an examination of NFDA’s long-standing governance structure was undertaken. The goal was to determine if the current structure effectively and efficiently supports the association’s mission and vision for the future of funeral service. 

In April 2015, a dynamic and diverse group of national and state association thought leaders (State Association Leaders, State Executive Directors, Executive Board members, Policy Board members, Educators, NFDA Committee members, NFDA Meet the Mentors former participants, NFDA Past Presidents, Past Executive Board members, Past Policy Board members, and NFDA staff) met to launch an exciting effort to modernize NFDA’s governance. They brainstormed a variety of models from which an initial proposal was created, stipulating that NFDA’s system of governance must ultimately be:

  • Representative of membership
  • Transparent
  • Strategic
  • Inclusive
  • Nimble/flexible
  • Adaptable

Download the NFDA Vision for the Future Report to learn more about the brainstorming session.

Based on that group’s expertise and insight, the NFDA Executive Board developed and presented an initial governance proposal. The Board then requested feedback from members of NFDA’s Policy Board, Leadership Conference attendees and NFDA membership. After careful consideration of all feedback received, the Board revised the proposal on August 5 and August 19.

Please review the August 19, 2015 proposal for full details.

About NFDA's Current Governing Structure

NFDA has a governing structure that includes a nine-member elected Executive Board, a Policy Board made up of representatives from every state, and a House of Delegates. NFDA’s Constitution and NFDA's Bylaws are the official documents outlining NFDA’s governing structure. The number of delegates is based on the number of members in a state. NFDA strongly encourages its members to participate in these volunteer positions, as well as join one of NFDA’s committees, which focus on NFDA operations, educational opportunities, communications, government relations, and special tasks forces. NFDA also develops funeral service leaders through effective partnerships with allied and state-level funeral associations.

Staffed by 49 employees, NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and has a government relations office in Washington, D.C., which proactively works to ensure that the nation’s lawmakers understand the issues affecting funeral directors and the families they serve. NFDA is classified as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

For NFDA Members:

2015 NFDA election information and candidate biographies.