The Educational Trust of Selected Independent Funeral Homes was officially established in September of 1982 as a charitable organization to develop and present educational programs on business management, counseling, personnel management and other topics of interest to the membership of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
For many years the Selected Trust operated quietly under the guidance of a small Board of Trustees funding various educational and public outreach activities of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Members of the association provided memorial donations on behalf of loved ones and fellow members who have passed.
In 2009, a number of important and necessary changes took place within the structure of the Educational Trust. Among the more significant changes was the adoption of a broader purpose. While continuing to operate as a charitable organization as recognized by Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, the Selected Trust’s activities now include “the development and administration of research initiatives, assistance grants, award programs and presentation of educational programs dealing with business management, counseling, personnel management, and other topics of importance and interest to the members of Selected and independently owned and operated funeral homes professionals.”
Other changes enacted in 2009 for the Educational Trust included increasing the size and scope of the Board of Trustees. There are now seven Trustees of the Educational Trust Board each serving a three-year term, with the Executive Director of Selected Independent Funeral Homes serving as the Administrative Trustee. The Board meets quarterly to conduct its business. In order to fulfill the expanded purpose of the Trust, additional funds are necessary as is an increase in the funding of various activities by the Trust. A formal fundraising event was also established and will take place on October 1, 2010 offering a silent auction, formal reception and dinner among friends and supporters.
As the Selected Educational Trust approaches its 30th anniversary, the changes enacted and refined focus on being an active charitable organization will prove to be beneficial to the entire independent funeral home profession.