New York State Funeral Directors Association

NYSFDA Launches Chapter Model Pilot Program this Fall

In 2017 NYSFDA set out to further enhance collaboration between the state and local associations. Working together, NYSFDA and local association leaders spent three years brainstorming and researching several options to accomplish this goal. In the Fall of 2020 NYSFDA unveiled the Chapter Model and held a member-wide virtual town hall meeting to discuss the concept in its latest form. The following goals were identified:

  • To unite the funeral directors of the chapter for the mutual welfare of all funeral directors statewide.
  • To encourage and provide networking opportunities and cooperative endeavors among funeral directors.
  • To enhance the funeral service industry’s charitable, community and legislative endeavors.

The proposed Chapter Model was presented to the NYSFDA Board of Directors during their December 2020 meeting. At which time, the Board approved moving forward with a Pilot Program. In early 2021, NYSFDA hosted a kick-off meeting and from there started meeting regularly with local leaders from across the state. Following several conversations and additional outreach, the following activities and functions were identified as central to the Pilot Program:

  1. Coordinate Continuing Education (CE) opportunities
  2. Enhanced two-way communications between Chapters and State
  3. Advocacy support and grassroots outreach
  4. Statewide community outreach and educational events
  5. Annual charitable/civic event hosted on local level
  6. Hosted networking events

The next step involved regular meetings, which continue today, to build events, activities and methods for carrying out and meeting these objectives.

Launching this Fall
Once again, by working together, we have made great strides on the Pilot Program and are excited to share three programs/events from this fall.

  1. In collaboration with local leaders, NYSFDA offered a Continuing Education session on human resource/employment law, specifically addressing small business issues. Click here for details.
  2. NYSFDA established partnerships with local Food Banks throughout the state as part of our community give-back event. Six regional Food Banks are holding volunteer time slots on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Click here for details.
  3. To kick off grassroots efforts, NYSFDA is planning a “Hike the Hill” event for October 19-20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. This event will bring representatives from each pilot Chapter to D.C. to meet with federal legislators and share our story. While there, members will meet with legislators from their local district(s).

Together we continue to make progress in developing and defining the Chapter Model Pilot Program. If you have questions about the Program, please contact your local association leaders, or reach out to NYSFDA at 800.291.2629 or


Local FDAs

Adirondack Funeral Directors Association

Broome County Funeral Directors Association

Capital District Funeral Directors Association

Cattaraugus-Allegany Funeral Directors Association

Central New York Funeral Directors Association

Chautauqua Funeral Directors Association

Columbia-Greene Funeral Directors Association

Dutchess-Putnam-Ulster Funeral Directors Association

Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association

Finger Lakes Funeral Firectors Association

Jefferson-Lewis Funeral Directors Association

Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association

Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association

Nassau/Suffolk Funeral Directors Association

Northstar Funeral Directors Association

Ontario-Wayne-Yates Funeral Directors Association

Orange-Rockland-Sullivan Funeral Directors Association

Rochester-Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association

St. Lawrence Funeral Directors Association

Steuben Funeral Directors Association

Tri-County Funeral Directors Association

Westchester County Funeral Directors Association

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