Have questions? Read on to learn more!
Who are NFDA’s advocates?
You are! If you’re a funeral service professional, you’re an advocate for funeral service and your voice needs to be heard. It’s as simple as that.
Why should I attend? Doesn’t NFDA already have a full-time lobbyist in D.C.?
Yes, NFDA is the only funeral service association that has a full-time lobbyist advocating on behalf of the profession in D.C. However, we need the collective voice of the profession to ensure our success. It is imperative that we reinforce the critical role funeral service plays in our society and that the sustainability of our profession relies on legislation that supports our businesses and the families we serve. When you participate in the 2023 NFDA Advocacy Summit, and tell your story, you’ll be doing exactly that.
Do I have to be a state leader or from a large funeral home to participate?
The success of the NFDA Advocacy Summit relies on everyone’s voice being heard. We not only want, but need, funeral professionals from all walks of life to participate. Whether you’re from a large firm in a big city or are a third-generation funeral director from a small, family-owned firm, it is critical that your voice is heard.
How will NFDA prepare me to meet my member of Congress?
NFDA provides everything you need to feel confident and educated while meeting with your member of Congress. We’ll provide some simple training about what to expect, plus talking points and a leave-behind and their staff understand the legislation we are advocating for and the role of funeral service in their states or district.
I’ve never met with a member of Congress before. What can I expect?
While it may sound intimidating to meet with a national leader, we’re confident you’ll find the experience to be much more relaxed than you expect. When congressional leaders are elected, they make a commitment to learn from their constituents. Meeting with members of the public plays an important role in helping them determine which legislation to support.
You’ll meet with either the member of Congress directly or a member of their staff. During your meeting you’ll present the talking points we’ve provided, tell them why the legislation is important to you and your firm, and answer any questions they may have. You can expect your meeting to last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.
There will likely also be an opportunity for a photo – perfect for sharing on social media!
What legislation will we be speaking about?
This is a brand-new Congress and new legislation must be introduced before we know the issues for which we will be advocating. While we may not know the issues until shortly before the Summit, we can assure you that we will be advocating on behalf of legislation of critical importance to funeral service.
Please join us! After all, this is what democracy is all about.