History of the Foundation
The Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education (CFME) was established in 1970 by Charles Dhonau and Thomas Stueve to govern the then small proprietary Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS). The two recognized that broader support was necessary for CCMS to flourish; thus, all assets were transferred into the responsibility of the foundation, which remains the governing body of CCMS to this day. CFME is a non-profit educational foundation incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio and is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Purpose of the Foundation
The general purpose of the foundation is to support the growth of the College, and more specifically to:
- Encourage, promote, develop, and enhance education, instruction, training, research, and dissemination of information and knowledge for funeral and mortuary services
- Acquire assets, gifts, and grants for the fulfillment of the above purposes
- Assure and ensure the continuity of CCMS as a leading force in funeral and mortuary education
- Increase endowment for sponsorship of student scholarships, continuing education programs, alumni events, and other beneficial programs
CCMS is unique in that it receives no state or federal funding for its operation, instead relying on support from the foundation, alumni, and private individuals. Their generous and continual support is in large part why we have remained successful for nearly half a century.
CCMS alumni, service professionals, and supporters of the College are encouraged to join the Foundation. Graduates of CCMS receive dues-free membership for one year after graduation. All dues-paying members are invited to attend the Foundation’s annual May meeting and participate in the future governance of CCMS.