Who We Are
The NYS Tribute Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established in 2003 out of a desire to unite the knowledge and resources of funeral service professionals throughout New York State.
The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education, outreach and research programs that advance the public’s understanding of end-of-life issues.
Tribute Foundation to Participate in Flip the Script Campaign with NACG
November is Children’s Grief Awareness month, and the Tribute Foundation will participate in a month-long campaign aimed at raising awareness of the prevalence of childhood grief and to equip the public to support a child who is grieving with simple, accessible strategies.
In recognition of Children’s Grief Awareness Month, the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) is coming together with its dedicated members to “flip the script” on grief. What is Flip the Script? Flipping the Script references a shift in perspective or a change in the way a situation is typically handled. When someone “flips the script,” they are taking a different approach, and this November, we will work together to flip common grief scripts honoring Children’s Grief Awareness Month. We know that many of the traditional expressions of sympathy can be unhelpful or even hurtful to grievers.
To learn more about this campaign, and to become a partner, visit NACG’s Flip the Script page. Join us as we inform, encourage, and support individuals in this journey.
Tribute Foundation to Collaborate with National Alliance for Children’s Grief
The Tribute Foundation Board met via Zoom on Wednesday, March 23. During this meeting they discussed and approved a partnership with the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG). The NACG is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Through their members’ and partners’ collective voices, they educate, advocate, and raise awareness about childhood bereavement. The NACG is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions, and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming, and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional, and physical health of grieving children and their families.
This partnership with NACG will include three separate initiatives aimed at sharing resources with New York State funeral service professionals:
- When Someone Dies: Supporting Children through Funerals and Memorials resource: NACG will create a resource toolkit for professionals and families that makes a point of connection during the planning, event, and follow-up of funerals and memorials. The resource toolkit can be printed and distributed by NYSFDA members.
- Education webinar: The NACG will develop an educational webinar specifically for NYSFDA members designed to provide information and tools for supporting grieving children.
- Presentation at NYSFDA Convention: NACG will provide a presentation that will address meeting the needs of children and teens following a death of someone in their life.
“We’re excited about this new partnership,” said Michael J. Gorton, Jr., CFSP, NYS Tribute Foundation Chair. “We’ve been researching ways to effectively provide grief support for children experiencing loss, and with NACG’s resources and experience we’re well-positioned to be able to do that now. And what a way to honor Franklin’s (O.L. Steinberg) legacy.”
Foundation Board Dedicates Room to Franklin O.L. Steinberg
On December 1, 2021 the Tribute Foundation Board dedicated the NYSDFDA headquarters board room to Franklin O.L. Steinberg in recognition of his commitment to the future of funeral service. To learn more about Franklin and his generous donation, click here. Pictured here are Tribute Foundation Chair Michael Gorton, Jr., NYSFDA President John Kelly, and NYSFDA Executive Director Michael Lanotte.
New York State Tribute Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Individual contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
All contributors will be recognized as part of the Tribute Foundation’s donor recognition program.