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Being a part of CFDA creates for each of us a connection to a network of information and benefits that enable members to protect their personal and business interests as well as provide opportunities to better serve our clients and communities. In 2021 CFDA will renew our commitment to continuing education and personal achievement. We will endeavor to instill pride in your profession and your association.

Membership in CFDA results in greater professional strength.

In our May Conference Call Board Meeting, the CFDA Board decided to go with CHOICE membership vs. MANDATORY membership for 2021.  What does this mean?  You will have the option / choice of joining NFDA on your own, but it will not be mandatory with your CT dues next year. Your membership to CFDA counts. We are now joining the many states that have chosen this form of membership.

The CFDA dues application will be sent in mid-December for the year 2021.  However, you should have received a membership application from NFDA in October. At this point, you may decide whether or not you want to join NFDA. Please note that you DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF NFDA TO RECEIVE YOUR MUSIC LICENSING which will come to you by NFDA as a separate billing.

During the pandemic, many of you came to the office asking why we were a mandatory membership with NFDA. Therefore, the Board felt it was important to listen and to allow you, the member, to make that decision. We realize that this year has been one of changes and challenges in many ways and has affected your businesses.

During the Spring of 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic brought the World and our State to a frightening and unprecedented halt. CFDA faced that challenge with determination and coupled with the experience and planning from the 2008 Pandemic Plan and the reality of the Newtown tragedy. Beginning in early March 2020, and continuing until the pandemic is over, CFDA has communicated National and State Governmental Guidelines and Executive Orders, as well as, a continuing list of PPE suppliers to accomplish the monumental task of serving Connecticut in its time of need. A summary of the activities and publications is on page 7 of the Membership Booklet. Our Association continues daily to monitor this pandemic and how it will affect your business.

On the members section of our website there is a comprehensive Reference Library of the 24/7 Email Blasts that were offered to the membership during the height of the epidemic in Connecticut. There is also a list of PPE Suppliers that remain current during the most precarious time of the lockdown.

As a member of the CFDA you receive...

  • Pride in your Industry & Association by displaying the CFDA logo on your website and promotion material
  • Endorsed Connecticut Funeral Trust Program, Interment Trust Services/Access Financial
  • Consumer Brochure: “Funeral Trust & Contracts: Regarding Medicaid Title 19” available with your funeral home imprint in English and Spanish
  • Partnership with Goodwin University
  • Northeast Funeral Service Partnership which includes “Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.”
  • Legal Counsel
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Advertising & Graphic Design Services Available
  • Political Action Committee (PAC) Participation
  • Staples Discount
  • Partnership with Federated Insurance for Property/Liability, Workers Compensation, and Financial Protection Services
  • Partnership with TJB Financial, Inc.: Investments, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Future Retirement
  • Third-Party Merchandise Guidelines Booklet
  • Digital Communication through The Associate Newsletter, Website and 24/7 Email Newsletters
  • Representation in State Legislation
  • Educational Seminars designed to qualify for Continuing Education Credits
  • Enhanced Website with Members Only Section
  • Membership Manual & Resource Guide on CFDA Website
  • 401k Benefit Program
  • Directors Choice Credit Union
  • Endorsed Collection Program (Hunter Warfield)
  • Dues payable by MasterCard, VISA, and AMEX
  • Timely Information Bulletins (meetings, dates, times, etc.)
  • Discount on Shred-it Office Services - Keep Your Sensitive Documents Secure
  • Professional group of volunteers serving on our Executive Board and Committees
  • Executive Director John Cascio and his staff in the Wethersfield office take every opportunity to keep you informed of Association activities. He welcomes your suggestions and works closely with the Officers and Executive Committee to ensure that your concerns are addressed.
  • Updated January 2021

    • Dues are payable each year. To assure listing in the CFDA Member Directory dues must be received by February 19, 2021.

CFDA Membership Structure
Complete 2021 Membership Brochure  (PDF)
2021 Dues Statement and Application Form  (PDF)
Code of Ethics and Our Commitment  (PDF)

Notice Regarding Tax Deductibility of CFDA Dues
Generally, funeral homes that pay dues are able to deduct 100% of those dues as ordinary business expenses for federal tax purposes. However, due to the recently enacted Budget Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 (the “Act”), any dues revenues utilized by a professional or trade association for lobbying purposes cannot be deducted by the member who paid the dues.

In accordance with the Act, the CFDA is hereby notifying its membership that it estimates that 19% of 2021 CFDA dues paid by a member will not be deductible as ordinary business expenses for federal tax purposes. These estimates are to be used by members in determining what portion of their dues are deductible. Please provide a copy of this notice to your accountant or other tax preparer.

Please note that CFDA dues are not deductible as charitable contributions for tax purposes, but continue to be deducted as a business expense.

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