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NFDA Background

NFDA is the world's leading funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent more than 9,900 funeral homes in the United States and internationally. From its headquarters in Brookfield, Wis., and its Advocacy office in Washington, D.C., NFDA informs, educates and advocates to help members enhance the quality of service they provide to families.


  • NFDA was founded in 1882. It is the world's oldest and largest organization representing funeral service.
  • NFDA's members include funeral directors, apprentice funeral directors, retired funeral directors, and students studying mortuary science.
  • Internationally, NFDA has members in more than 43 countries, regions and territories.
  • NFDA is the worldwide resource and advocate across all facets of funeral service dedicated to high ethical standards and to helping members provide meaningful service to families.
  • In order to help funeral directors provide better service to families, NFDA:
    • Provides a voice in Washington, D.C., and prepares materials on compliance with various federal laws and regulations.
    • Provides continuing education seminars, teleconferences and Web seminars to help members enhance technical and business skills.
    • Publishes a monthly magazine, The Director, featuring educational articles.
    • Conducts or funds research in areas of health, safety, the environment, and consumer attitudes.
    • Provides funding for funeral service education, scholarships, and research.
    • Maintains affiliations with allied organizations in such fields as sociology, psychology, healthcare, and theology.
  • NFDA's Annual Convention & International Exposition is the largest annual event of its kind in the world. In addition, the association sponsors an annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., and annual conferences focusing on leadership and the challenges of operating a family business. NFDA also hosts a Professional Women's Conference.