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NFDA Governance & 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. 

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NFDA Vision for the Future Report
On April 28 and 29, 2015, a group of roughly 40 NFDA stakeholders met in Indianapolis for NFDA’s Vision for the Future Meeting.  Attendees at this meeting worked through a facilitated process to examine ways NFDA can ensure its success in the future, in a fast changing environment, as the leading and largest association for the funeral service profession. 

The group included state association leaders and past leaders, state association executives, Policy Board members, educators, NFDA Past Presidents, a Meet the Mentor alumnus, Executive Board members and staff. An open and engaging process was led by facilitators from Tecker International, a leading association consulting firm. 

Many things were discussed, but the main focus of the meeting was on the elements of NFDA’s governance system.  Participants were charged with providing guidance that would help lead to NFDA’s future success. No specific decisions resulted from the meeting, but the advantages and disadvantages of many different elements of governance were discussed.  Outcomes of the session will be discussed at the NFDA Leadership Conference on July 12-15, 2015, in Orlando.

The report is available here: Vision for the Future Meeting Report