Our Mission

The mission of OGR’s charitable foundation is to fund, perform and/or support activities on behalf of the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR). Its ten-member Board of Directors is responsible for identifying projects that advance the standards of funeral service or contribute to the compassionate care of individuals in need.

Foundation Board

The Foundation's Board oversees all functions of the Foundation and maintains communication with OGR’s Board of Directors. OGR’s President appoints one OGR Board member to simultaneously serve on the Foundation Board; OGR’s President-Elect will have an automatic seat. Directors must be current members of OGR.

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Paul A. Hummel, III
Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.

Evan Strong

Evan J. Strong
Funeral Services

Roger Beyers

Beyers Funeral Home
& Crematory
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Mike Butler

Funeral Home

Charles Castiglia
Lakeside Memorial
Funeral Home

Laura A. Kendrick-Godwin
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home
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Tom Hemmerle

Funeral Home

Adam Martin

Martin Funeral, Cremation,
& Tribute Services

Mary Steele
Arnett & Steele Funeral Home

Peter "Skip" Urban
Urban Funeral Home
Jamie Wieting
Wieting Family Funeral Home


Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program

OGR's Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program provides annual scholarships to mortuary students based on strong academic performance, funeral service experience, and an essay describing the student’s commitment to serving grieving families with compassion, fairness, and dignity. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited mortuary science school or college, be scheduled to graduate in the same calendar year in which the award is presented and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Click here to learn more.

Travel Reimbursement Scholarship 
OGR 2020 Annual Conference & Solution Center

The OGR Foundation is offering a discounted registration rate ($499 or 40% off) and a travel reimbursement scholarship of $500 for up to ten (10) first-time attendees who register for and attend OGR's 2020 Annual Conference & Solution Center (ACSC) in Asheville, NC from April 19-21. Interested in applying? Click here to learn more.


Donate to the 2020 Silent Auction

The Foundation is accepting items for donation to the 2020 Silent Auction, held in Asheville, NC during the Annual Conference & Solution Center on Tuesday, April 21. Submissions are due April 3, 2020. Learn more and donate.

How to Support OGR's Charitable Foundation

All OGR charitable foundation activities are funded entirely by members and their allies. The Order of the Golden Rule Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax deductible.

Contributions may be made in honor of or in memory of an individual. Contributors may specify an address to which the Foundation will mail a card acknowledging the donation in a person’s name. These donations will be published in the next issue of OGR’s The Independent magazine.