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New York Tribute Foundation, Inc.
1 South Family Drive
Albany, NY 12205


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.

Build a Legacy

Build a Legacy

As you look for a unique and memorable way to remember a loved one, mark an occasion, or honor a person, consider a Tribute Gift to the Tribute Foundation.

Our Tribute Program was established to help you recognize those people who have touched your life in a special way.

Choose either a Gift of Remembrance or Gift of Honor and Celebration as a unique way to honor someone special while demonstrating your belief in the Tribute Foundation’s work.

The NYS Tribute Foundation is your opportunity to build a legacy and to share the good work accomplished daily by those in the funeral service profession.

With your help, the Foundation will act as a resource supporting educational programs, financial scholarships, industry research and special projects that advance the understanding of end-of-life issues.

Please consider supporting the Foundation at the level most appropriate for you. Your tax-deductible contribution may be made in one payment, quarterly, or as part of your estate planning.

Through your contribution, you can be confident that you have touched other lives and made a positive difference in your state and the funeral service profession!

The NYS Tribute Foundation 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a better understanding of death, dying and bereavement for all New Yorkers.

The NYS Tribute Foundation fulfills its mission by advocating education, research, and public policy programs, thus embracing its core values of charity, knowledge and education.

Your support of the Foundation’s efforts benefits individuals and communities across New York State, both in everyday situations and during times of community crisis.

Tribute Legacy Society | $10,000 or more
Cornerstone Benefactor | $5,000 to $9,999
Medallion Circle | $2,500 to $4,999
Keystone Contributor | $1,000 to $2,499
Tribute Pioneer | $500 to $999
Foundation Fellow | $250 to $499
Friend of the Foundation | $100 to $249


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.

The Premier Society Planned Giving Program

The Premier Society Planned Giving Program

Providing for future generations is as important as the significant work done today. Planned giving will maintain long-term support to preserve the vision and goals of the New York State Tribute Foundation. Bequests, life insurance, trusts, or other planned gifts qualify individuals for membership in the Premier Society.

With wise and thoughtful planning, the Foundation has the power to continue to positively affect the funeral service profession. And, we look to you, as one who shares our values and beliefs in this profession, to stand with us. With a planned, charitable gift to Tribute, you can make a strong personal statement about the value of the funeral service profession and help to ensure that these values – your values – endure into the future. As we look ahead, it is our hope that by planning today, you will make a gift tomorrow that will impact the future of the funeral profession.

We at the Tribute Foundation believe that if you’re going to give, you should give wisely. You should give in a way that helps protect your family; give in a way that ensures your values will live on through the institutions you trust; and give in a way that helps you achieve your own financial and estate goals.

Planned giving or gift planning are terms often used by lawyers, financial advisers and charities. It is the process of strategically integrating your charitable-giving plans into your financial, tax and estate plans. It is a process that allows you to make donations in ways that not only benefit the charities you value, but also helps achieve your personal financial goals.

Planned giving is a win-win strategy

A planned gift to the NYS Tribute Foundation can help improve your future and ensure ours as well. The easiest and quickest way to make a planned gift is through a bequest in your will. Your bequest to the NYS Tribute Foundation will also “give” you:

A significant contribution without affecting your current income or assets

A reduction or elimination of your federal estate taxes

A guarantee that your values and belief in the funeral service industry will live on.

How can it work for you?

Done correctly, planned giving can help you minimize your taxes and maximize your income and assets. For many, planned giving is a way to reduce or even eliminate tax liabilities (income, capital gains, or estate taxes). For some, a planned gift means you can make a larger donation than you could otherwise afford during your lifetime. For others, a planned gift might even provide an income stream or a higher investment yield. But for everyone, planned giving is a way to achieve your philanthropic goals in a way that also benefits you and your loved ones. Of course, your own financial needs and those of your family come first. With planned giving, everyone wins because you provide for your needs now and the needs of Tribute in the future.

Tribute’s Charitable Gift Planning Guide will facilitate your understanding of the basics of planned giving and how this strategic-giving process can assist you in achieving both your philanthropic and financial goals. It will help you explore the many possibilities for creative planned giving and develop a plan that blends your philanthropic goals and desires with your financial needs and tax planning.

Email tribute@tributefoundation.org to receive your complimentary copy.

Your tax adviser can provide more information about these and other charitable-giving strategies and can help you determine which methods are most appropriate for your situation. The Tribute Foundation recommends that you consult with independent tax, financial, and legal advisers before making any planned gift.

For more information about the Premier Society Planned-Giving Program please call 800.291.2629 or email tribute@tributefoundation.org.

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Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs

Facilitator Training for Suicide and Substance Use Bereavement Support Groups

In-person Session Offered May 3-4, 2023!
6 CEUs available (NYS)

As the nationwide suicide and opioid epidemics continued to shatter families in the U.S., need for support groups to help survivors is growing.

To address this need, the NYS Tribute Foundation has developed a training program for individuals to learn how to establish a support group dedicated to those bereaved by suicide or substance use death.

Registration is open

Participants will build awareness of the impact of suicide and overdose death and learn to conduct a support group for those bereaved by the painful loss of a loved one. Support group facilitation skills, self-awareness and self-care skills will also be studied. This training is structured for funeral directors, clergy, mental health professionals and non-clinicians with support group experience. The course is also appropriate for current support group facilitators who seek to strengthen their skills, stay up-to-date on the latest practices and explore issues experienced during support groups. Those who have endured loss due to suicide or substance use are also welcome to attend this course if it has been at least two years since their loss.

Instruction will take place at the headquarters of the New York State Funeral Directors Association in Albany, NY. Conducting the training sessions will be Franklin Cook, MA, CPC; Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, JD; and John (Jack) Jordan, PH.D.

This training has been approved by the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing for 6 CEUs. Register today!

Nearby Lodging:

Hilton Garden Inn – (518) 464-6666
Hotel Trilogy – (518) 869-9100
Crowne Plaza Albany – The Desmond Hotel – (518) 869-8100


Certified Celebrant Training

In-person Session Offered October 10-12, 2023!
6 CEUs available (NYS)

Back by popular demand! The Tribute Foundation is again hosting a multi-state Certified Celebrant Training at the NYSFDA headquarters in Albany. This training is specifically designed for anyone interested in understanding the process of the funeral service and learning how to personalize and design meaningful funerals or tributes. Professionals from CT, MA, NJ and PA are also invited to attend. Registration is open!

A successful celebrant is one who enjoys working with people, has writing and public speaking ability, as well as listening and consulting skills.

Curriculum Covered:
• Articulating the Value of the Funeral
• Listening Skills
• Family Meetings
• Service Planning
• Music and Readings Resources
• Eulogy Writing
• Closing Ceremonies
• Master of Ceremonies
• Presentation Skills
• Developing the Celebrant Concept in the Community

Who should attend?
• Funeral Directors
• Preneed and Aftercare Specialists
• Hospice Professionals
• Clergy
• Chaplains
• Business-people
• Students

Register today!

Registration Rates: NYSFDA Members/Students – $800 | Non-members – $950

Nearby Lodging:

Hilton Garden Inn – (518) 464-6666
Hotel Trilogy – (518) 869-9100
Crowne Plaza Albany – The Desmond Hotel – (518) 869-8100


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.

Ways to Give

Ways to Give

The Gift of Remembrance

Throughout our lives we encounter people who touch our hearts and souls. They change us in many ways and out lives are forever enriched by their presence.

When death takes these special people from us, we take comfort in finding a way to honor their lives.

By remembering someone with a Gift of Remembrance – a memorial donation made in the name of someone you have lost – you will formally and perpetually express your esteem for that special person.

That person’s memory will live on through the valuable work of the NYS Tribute Foundation.

Gift of Remembrance donations will be recognized with:

Acknowledgement: The NYS Tribute Foundation will send a written acknowledgment to the individual(s) or families you designate, notifying them of your thoughtful gesture. The acknowledgment card will highlight the name of the person for whom the gift was given and the name(s) of the person(s) who made the gift. The amount of your tax deductible contribution (as provided by law) will not be stated on the card unless specifically requested.
Recognition: All gifts, donors and the person(s) being honored will be highlighted in the “Tributes” section in the NYS Funeral Directors Association’s newsletter.
Tribute Display: As donations (either individual or group donations) made in the name of one individual reach the $500 level, the honoree’s name will be prominently displayed at the offices of the NYS Tribute Foundation. This display is a beautiful and lasting remembrance of your loved one.

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The Gift of Honor and Celebration

A Gift of Honor and Celebration is appropriate when you would like to recognize someone you love and respect. Gifts of Honor and Celebration help us express our gratitude for someone’s support, encouragement, patronage or help us to recognize an anniversary, birthday or other special event. Gifts of Honor and Celebration are meaningful ways to demonstrate your esteem for that important person in your life and clearly express your admiration, compassion or gratitude. Gift of Honor and Celebration donations will be recognized with:

Acknowledgment: The NYS Tribute Foundation will send a written acknowledgment to the individual(s) or families you designate, notifying them of your thoughtful gesture. The acknowledgment card will highlight the name of the person for whom the gift was given and the name(s) of the person(s) who made the gift. The amount of your tax-deductible contribution (as provided by law) will not be stated on the card unless specifically requested.
Recognition: All gifts, donors and the person(s) being honored will be highlighted in the “Tributes” section of the NYS Funeral Director Association’s newsletter.
Tribute Display: As donations (either individual or group donations) made in the name of one individual reach the $500 level, the honoree’s name will be prominently displayed at the offices of the NYS Tribute Foundation. This display is a beautiful and lasting remembrance of your loved one.

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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.

Donor Recognition

Donor Recognition

Information About General Donation Giving Levels and Recognition:

Tribute Legacy Society

A group of individuals and organizations whose support will ensure the Foundations is able to continue its work into the future. Donors at this level contribute $10,000 or more and receive:

  • Permanent name recognition on the Foundation’s Tree of Distinction located at the New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) headquarters in Albany, NY
  • Recognition at the annual NYSFDA convention
  • A custom Tribute Legacy Society pin
  • A framed NYS Tribute Foundation donor certificate
  • Recognition in the Foundation’s annual report
  • Recognition in the NYSFDA newsletter and annual report

Cornerstone Benefactors

Individuals or corporate donors who support the Foundation with contributions of $5,000 to $9,999. Donors at this level will be recognized as follows:

  • Permanent name recognition on the Foundation’s Tree of Distinction located at the NYSFDA headquarters in Albany, NY
  • Recognition at the annual NYSFDA convention
  • A custom Cornerstone Benefactor pin
  • A framed NYS Tribute Foundation donor certificate
  • Recognition in the Foundation’s annual report
  • Recognition in the NYSFDA newsletter and annual report

Medallion Circle

Contributors are individual or corporate donors who support the Foundation with contributions of $2,500 to $4,999. These contributors will be acknowledged with:

  • Recognition at the annual NYSFDA convention
  • A custom Medallion Circle pin
  • A framed NYS Tribute Foundation donor certificate
  • Recognition in the Foundation’s annual report
  • Recognition in the NYSFDA newsletter and annual report

Keystone Contributors

Individual or corporate donors who support the Foundation with contributions of $1,000 to $2,499. These contributors will be acknowledged with:
Recognition at the annual NYSFDA Convention

  • A custom Keystone Contributor pin
  • A framed NYS Tribute Foundation donor certificate
  • Recognition in the Foundation’s annual report
  • Recognition in the NYSFDA newsletter and annual report

Tribute Pioneers

Individual or corporate donors who support the Foundation with contributions of $500 to $999. These contributors will be acknowledged with:

  • A custom Tribute Pioneer pin
  • A framed NYS Tribute Foundation donor certificate
  • Recognition in the Foundation’s annual report
  • Recognition in the NYSFDA newsletter and annual report

Foundation Fellows

Individual or corporate donors who support the Foundation with contributions of $250 to $499. These vital gifts will be acknowledged with:

  • A custom Foundation Fellows pin
  • A NYS Tribute Foundation donor certificate
  • Recognition in the Foundation’s annual report
  • Recognition in the NYSFDA newsletter and annual report

Friends of the Foundation

Include that essential group of contributors who donate $100 to $249. These donors receive:

  • A custom Friends of the Foundation pin
  • A NYS Tribute Foundation donor certificate
  • Recognition in the Foundation’s annual report
  • Recognition in the NYSFDA newsletter and annual report

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.

Eligibility and Exclusions

Eligibility and Exclusions

The NYS Tribute Foundation will consider grant requests from not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status who are located within New York State and registered with the New York State Department of Law Charities Bureau. In addition, individuals interested in funeral service and other professions related to death, dying and bereavement are eligible for our professional scholarships.

Examples of possible recipients include (but are not limited to)

  • Public and private schools, colleges and universities
  • Social service organizations
  • Environmental organizations

The NYS Tribute Foundation cannot respond to requests for financial assistance for, or on behalf of, individuals seeking assistance with burial costs.

The process involves submitting a letter of inquiry, developing a full proposal and then review and decision-making.

Grant applicants must possess 501(c)(3) status as a tax exempt not-for-profit organization. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry which briefly outlines the project/program for which funding is sought. Organizations should explain how program goals relate to foundation goals and objectives. Letters of inquiry are accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

Note: The process for organizational grant applications is different from the scholarship application process.

Grant application and guidelines

Letters should not exceed two pages, and should include:

  • The legal name used by the applicant exactly as recorded by the Internal Revenue Service
  • IRS tax identification number
  • A concise statement of the purpose of the request, its significance and strengths, and the results sought
  • An estimated project budget (if project funds are being applied for) and the current annual budget for the organization
  • Organizational and professional capacity and expertise
  • A timeline for the implementation of the project and for intended results

Letters of inquiry should be mailed to:

New York State Tribute Foundations, Inc.
1 South Family Drive
Albany, New York 12205

Following receipt and review of the initial letter of inquiry, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for detailed review by the Foundation Board of Directors. Choose from one of the following options ONLY if you have been invited to submit a full proposal by the Tribute Foundation.

Download the funding guidelines including the funding application

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Download the funding application only

Completed applications are reviewed by the Foundation staff and Board of Directors. As part of the review process, Foundation staff may call to inquire about the application or to clarify information submitted in the application. The Board of Directors is responsible for final funding decisions.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Funeral service is an honorable and vital profession that provides an essential service under extremely difficult circumstances.

Families rely on funeral directors for support during times of emotional distress, as well as for advice and expertise.

In fact, according to a Gallop Poll of consumers, funeral directors are ranked among the top ten most trusted professionals.

The Tribute Foundation has established a number of professional and continuing education scholarships.

The Foundation strives to increase the number of new funeral service professionals by providing educational scholarships to current and future funeral service professionals by encouraging existing licensed funeral directors to return to funeral service; encouraging funeral service as a second career; and providing financial scholarships as appropriate.

Our Scholarships

Franklin O.L. Steinberg Scholarship

Established in 2018. Provides financial support to qualified mortuary science students who reside in the state of New York and are enrolled in accredited mortuary science programs. Eligibility includes first – and second – year students, online students, and students working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in the Mortuary Science field of study.

Please Note: The application requires a 5-minute video. If this requirement is a hardship, we are willing to schedule a video conference with the Scholarship Committee in early June. Please notate that on your application.

The 2023 Applications is now available. Applications are due by May 31, 2023.

Samuel Q. Baxter Scholarship Award

Established in 1985. Provides financial assistance to qualified students in their second year of a mortuary science program. Applications are due by June 30 of each year.

R. Barry McPhillips Scholarship Award

Established in 2001. Assists the continuing education efforts of recently licensed and early-career funeral directors. Applications are due by June 30 of each year.

2022 Scholarship Honorees

2022 Samuel Q. Baxter Scholarship

Courtney Richards | American Academy McAllister Institute

2022 Franklin O.L. Steinberg Scholarship

  • Rachel Behrens | American Academy McAllister Institute
  • Courtney Bixby | SUNY Canton
  • Trevon Fergerson | Nassau Community College
  • Kelly Beth Laufer | SUNY Canton
  • Miranda Mejia | SUNY Canton

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.

Research

Research

Research Funded by the NYS Tribute Foundation

Columbia University Explores Funeral Service Recruitment and Retention

Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health completed a national, Web-based survey of 42 questions to assess the pandemic preparedness in the death care profession in the United States.

The University received responses from 492 individuals – 77 percent of whom were funeral directors in 46 states – as well as professionals from all areas in the death care sector, for the School’s study, “Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Funeral Service and Allied Professons.”

New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) Board member, Martin D. Kasdan and New York State Tribute Foundation Family Assistance Commission (FAC) and NYSFDA member, Edward Mockler were presenters for the Emergency Preparedness in the Death Care Sector Conference’s panel discussion, facilitated by Dr. David Abramson, Director of Research for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

Also included were: Regina Smith, Academic Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service; and John Toale, President and CEO of the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Their discussion focused on preparedness planning challenges and current best practices, and sought to identify research gaps and opportunities for improvements in preparedness planning at multiple levels. Scheduled, but unable to attend to serve on the panel, was NYSFDA Board member and FAC Chair, Douglas R. Brueggemann.

Brueggemann had been activated earlier in the day for DMORT duties in Joplin, MO, following the devastating tornado that leveled the town, and took more than 120 lives.

Dr.Robyn Gershon, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health shared their findings on May 24, 2011 during the Conference hosted by the Mailman School’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences and co-sponsored by the New York State Tribute Foundation.

The Conference brought together more than three dozen working in the field to discuss related issues.

Survey Respondent Highlights

  • 60% are on call 24/7
  • 87% are affiliated with a trade organization (such as NYSFDA or NFDA)
  • 9% are DMORT members
  • 12% are emergency response volunteers
  • 78% of death care professionals were willing to assist other sectors during an emergency
  • 87% of retired funeral professionals were willing to assist sector during an emergency
  • 96% of mortuary students were willing to assist sector during an emergency

According to researchers, the sample was highly motivated (with levels similar to physicians and EMS).

“The New York State Tribute Foundation was pleased to assist the University with this important research study,” said Richard J. Sullivan, Board chair of the New York State Tribute Foundation.

“The Mailman School of Public Health is a world renowned leader in education,” Sullivan said.

This study was generously funded by the New York State Tribute Foundation, the Funeral Service Foundation, and the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.

Founded in 1922 as one of the first three public health academies in the nation, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the nation and the world.

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