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Thank you for investing in the future of funeral service by joining or renewing your membership with MFDA.  It’s great to know we can rely on members such as you to support YOUR association’s efforts as we move forward in the coming year. MFDA is more than an association; we are an extension of your staff. We are an advocate for your success as a funeral service professional.


Firm and Individual Members - Why join our community of funeral professionals through MFDA?

For more than 130 years, we have promoted excellence in the funeral service profession. A summary of member benefits are as follows:

  • Effective lobbying & advocacy at the Minnesota State Capitol
  • Providing quality continuing education throughout the state of Minnesota (Discount registration fees for MFDA members):
  • MFDA’s 130th Annual Convention at Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake will offer CEUs in the three required categories for funeral directors, as well as opportunities to network with colleagues and funeral industry vendors
  • District Regional meetings throughout the state in the fall
  • Preneed insurance CEU course with FD CEUs offered in the fall
  • Crematory Operator Certification course
  • InSight Certified Celebrant Training
  • Online CEU courses
  • MFDA Career Center connects employers with job seekers and members receive a 50% discount on job postings
  • Attended the MN School Counselors Conference to promote mortuary science as a career option for students, and the MN Hospice & Palliative Care Conference to connect and collaborate with attendees about our funeral home members.

  • MFDA committees work to address relevant topics associated with funeral service (Workforce, Outreach/Public Relations, Convention, and Legislative)
  • Partnerships with Funeral Directors Life, Federated Insurance, and the Children’s Grief Connection
  • Promoting the value of funeral service to consumers that call our office or visit our website
  • Direct voice for our members to the Minnesota Department of Health–Mortuary Science Section
  • Continued advocacy for funeral service to related organizations (i.e. hospice, cemeteries, grief educators)
  • Providing member benefits such as the membership directory, members-only website, Bulletin, members-only emails, and customizable specialty forms and consumer brochures

New Firm Member Benefits in 2020:

  • Complimentary legal counsel for MFDA Members. MFDA has recently retained Michael D. Sharkey, Licensed Funeral Director and Attorney with Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee and Malone, as its General Counsel.  Beginning in 2020, Mr. Sharkey will serve as a resource to the association as well as our members. Those firms who need mortuary law specific legal guidance, (often on short or even emergency notice) can spend up to 30 minutes getting answers they need. 

    The most important part of this arrangement is MFDA has budgeted an amount that will cover the cost of a call.  There are many benefits to this arrangement, but primarily Mr. Sharkey’s ability to troubleshoot mortuary law legal issues on a very short timeline and interfacing with difficult families so that the funeral home can
    maintain its reputation in the community.

  • MFDA’s new Online Community is a place for member funeral directors to connect with peers, ask questions, find resources, participate in conversations, and hear the latest news from MFDA! All funeral director staff will have access as MFDA members.

  • Continue to address workforce challenges through advisory committees and tasks force. We are working on legislation that may assist in the workforce shortage, and will partner with the U of M Mortuary Science to conduct a survey on how our membership prefers this legislation.


Allied Members - What type of visibility benefits are there as an MFDA Allied Member?

  • MFDA’s quarterly newsletter (the Bulletin) is rated as the number one valued member benefit. To advertise, Allied Members pay between $50-$450 per month for business card to full-page ads. You will also receive a copy mailed to you.

  • MFDA Allied Members receive and will be listed in our MFDA Membership Directory

  • MFDA Allied Members are listed in the Bulletin and on our website

  • MFDA’s Annual Convention - MFDA’s Annual Convention brings more than 250 attendees together over three days. MFDA Allied Members can exhibit at convention—A great opportunity to visit one-on-one with attendees as an exhibitor.  Allied Members pay $800-900 for a 8’ x 10’ booth space. Car exhibitor spaces are $1,550. Non-profit rate is $400-500.  Non-members pay a higher rate.

  • Convention Sponsorship opportunities will be highlighted in the Convention & Expo prospectus and posted on our website, at the end of January 

New Allied Member Benefits for 2020:

  • Banner advertising opportunities, with discounts for Allied members, will be available at the new MFDA Online Community for MFDA members only. Community to be launched in January 2020.
  • Our new MFDA Online Community will have a community page for our Allied members to promote their products and services to our members. More information on this benefit will be sent to Allied members after the launch.

MFDA membership structure includes the following categories:


Firm - membership pricing includes three components: 

  • Firm - $450
  • Branches- $275/per branch
  • #of death cases, excluding children and welfare cases- $8.25/per case
Individual - Open to licensed funeral directors who are not owners and work for a funeral home who is not an MFDA member - $450


Allied - Companies that sell goods and services to the funeral industry - $360


Emeritus - Retired funeral directors with no affiliation with a member firm - $150


University of Minnesota Partnership - Open to individuals who are employees of the University of Minnesota - $360


Student - Individuals who are currently enrolled in a recognized School of Mortuary Science (Must provide Mortuary Science School name) - Free

Join Online Below! Or download a PDF application - Firm | Individual | Allied


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