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|Award of Excellence|
The Iowa Funeral Directors Association has established the Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence as a method of promoting the funeral service profession and a means of establishing an excellent relationship with the community and the people within it whom funeral directors serve. The Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence brings annual recognition to the best public relations efforts being achieved by Iowa’s funeral homes.
The Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence is IFDA’s way of paying tribute to the work funeral directors do as public relations ambassadors - offering public recognition from professional peers.
Documented efforts will be displayed at the annual convention and are tangible proof funeral directors and funeral home staff are masters at developing innovative programs to reach their communities and the people they serve. All completed entries will serve as an inspiration for other funeral homes striving for excellence within their community.
The Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence program consists of four categories of activity and accomplishment by IFDA member firms. Certification of achievement in four of these areas will qualify the individual funeral home for the Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence.
The period of participation is on a yearly basis from January 1 to December 31. Certification is on a yearly basis with awards presented at the annual IFDA Convention.
Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence Criteria
Entry is made by documentation with supporting materials for the four criteria outlined and is due at the IFDA office by February 1st. Documentation may be done in a narrative form and with newspaper clippings, photographs or brochures. Be sure to include a brief description of the funeral home background, ways in which the funeral home staff may have assisted in the process along with letters or materials which demonstrate the firm’s efforts to complete the criteria. Please categorize each section. All entries will be displayed at the annual convention.
As a recipient of the honor, the firm will receive a handsome sculpture commemorating the honor at the IFDA convention. Award recipients will be notified by April 15th, and the award will be presented to the funeral home as a group or to a designated person. Recipients will be publicized in local newspapers and other publications. The IFDA will notify other professional press.
Funeral homes who were Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence recipients one year have the challenge of recertifying the next year through continued activities or initiation of new activities. To continue to receive recognition, funeral directors may enter and recertify each year and receive their award.