6. Federal Income Tax Exemption---step by step instructions for achieving 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, and a sample application with suggested answers
7. Mission and Activism---monitoring your state board, tracking funeral home practices, lobbying for change
8. Developing active members/volunteers and cultivating board leadership
9. Publicity and Community Outreach---includes sample press releases and tips for building a speakers' bureau
10. Annual Conferences---how to make them fun and boost attendance
11. Resources and Relations with FCA National
1. Responsibilities and Best Practices
2. So You're New at This---organizing and getting off the ground
3. Working With the Funeral Industry---step by step help on price surveys and publicity, and why many FCAs are no longer contracting with specific funeral homes
4. Nuts and Bolts---how to build a website, answer consumer queries, and delegate board and volunteer duties.
5. Finances and Fundraising---how to get donations easily and at low cost
A basic introduction to forming a funeral consumer organization.
The first chapter from "Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death," by Josh Slocum and Lisa Carlson. Essential reading to understand the complicated and counterproductive way the modern American funeral industry is regulated and how the regulations conspire to thwart consumer choice.
All your questions about how to handle common and not-so-common calls from members and the public are answered here! The manual has suggested answers for queries about unexpected deaths, family-directed funerals without using a mortuary, death away from home, and more.
Adapt this editable membership brochure to your local affiliate needs. Requires Microsoft Publisher.
"Preneed" is a term coined by the funeral industry to describe the arrangement and payment of a funeral prior to death. Obviously, if you are to have any say in it, you must plan in advance of your death. "Prearrangement" is also used interchangeably with "preneed".
The marketing of preneed plans for funeral services and merchandise is increasingly prevalent. Various companies, including insurance companies, "for-profit cremation societies," and "preneed associations" flood the mail with advertising which touts the benefits of their preneed plans. There are a number of pitfalls, as well as options, about which consumers should be well-informed.
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