Join the Oldest Funeral Directors Association in the US.
Please review our Member Benefits to learn about all NYSFDA membership has to offer.
If you are interested in becoming a member please contact NYSFDA at 518.452.8230, firstname.lastname@example.org or download and complete a 2022 NYSFDA Member Packet and return to NYSFDA. Remember, by renewing your membership you are adhering to NYSFDA's Code of Ethics.
Is a NYSFDA Membership Affordable?
Yes! Membership is based on the number of cases handled by a firm for the previous calendar year. The dues are $6 per case for the first 300 cases, $3 per case for the second 300 cases, and $1.50 per case for any cases after 600. You will also pay a $285 base fee once, even if you have more than one funeral firm. In addition, your dues will be offset many times over by the actual savings you’ll gain by becoming a member!
Applicants may pay using either check, credit card, or have a monthly installment taken out of their checking account.
What Your Membership Means to NYSFDA
Even though NYSFDA has become the premier state funeral directing association in the nation, we all know there is much more to be done to advance funeral directing and face down the ongoing challenges to our profession and its traditions. And quite frankly, the larger and more powerful we are, the more powerful you are, meaning even more people will listen to what we have to say. But we can’t do it without you. In order to represent all funeral directors, we need to know the issues that are important to you. We need you to join NYSFDA to help us make a difference!
Over the past year we eased back into "business as usual," and our primary focus remained providing you with the resources, programming and industry leadership necessary to succeed as a Funeral Director in New York State.
- In July our "Electronic Signatures" bill was signed into law. This law allows the use of technology to complete commonly-used forms in funeral and cemetery services, streamlining your day-to-day operations.
- NYSFDA launched our Chapter Model Pilot Program designed to further enhance collaboration between the state and local associations. We held three successful events this fall that brought members together for education, community service, and grassroots legislative efforts.
- The Annual Convention returned as members gathered in-person to earn valuable CEUs, cultivate relationships, and celebrate accomplishments. Following safety protocols and implementing a few new procedures, more than 500 funeral service professionals joined us in Saratoga Springs this August.
- PrePlan Funeral Trust continues to serve as the state's leader in preneed trust fund management. This spring you again received an unqualified ("clean") 2020 audit report. This is just one more confirmation that all of our investments are fully secure and compliant, checks and balances are in place, and all legal requirements are met. The Gold Standard. Our commitment to you.
- And finally, just last month we launched our enhanced website - designed to provide all the information and resources you need in a central location and user-friendly manner.
NYSFDA Membership at Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020)
From the very beginning of the pandemic through today, we’re working as your advocates and serving as your go-to source for timely information and updates necessary to do your job safely while continuing to serve your families in the best way possible. Throughout the past year, your NYSFDA membership provided:
- 8 video messages from Executive Director Mike Lanotte explaining the most critical news.
- 15 live update webinars designed to answer your specific questions.
- a COVID-19 Resource webpage frequently updated with the latest information.
- 145+ pandemic-specific emails outlining evolving regulations, restrictions, and vaccination details.
- 13 text messages delivered right to your phone with urgent pandemic news.
Additionally, we successfully advocated for the enactment of Executive Orders that provided necessary relief, including allowing for the use of digital/electronic signatures on funeral service-related documents; and authorizing non-NY licensed funeral directors, licensed but inactive NY funeral directors, and unlicensed funeral home staff to serve as designated agents under the supervision of NY licensed funeral directors. We also continue to serve as the primary advocate for funeral service with key stakeholders, including the Governor’s office, NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of State, Division of Cemeteries, FEMA, various statewide and regional associations, and many others.
Know that whatever comes next, we are ready to work for you well into the future. And now, more than ever, your active membership is critical to the success of your funeral firm.