Public, Society Benefit

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine Inc

  • Brunswick, ME
  • www.fcamaine.net

Mission Statement

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine (FCAM) is a non-profit, all volunteer, educational organization dedicated to helping members make informed decisions about after-death arrangements that are dignified, meaningful, and affordable.

Mission Statement:
We promote simplicity, dignity and economy in funeral arrangements through advance planning.

Statement of Purpose:
FCAM is a non-profit, non-sectarian, all volunteer organization dedicated to providing education and advocacy for the public so they may be informed of the many options available for pre-planning the disposition of their remains in a dignified, affordable manner.

Main Programs

  1. Newsletter
  2. Presentations
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maine

State of Maine

ruling year

1982

President since 2016

Self-reported

Alison Rector

Vice President since 2016

Self-reported

Leon Bresloff

Keywords

Self-reported

nonprofit, consumer education, consumer advocacy

EIN

01-0379036

 Number

6138640000

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Delivering easy-to-understand information about end-of-life and body disposition planning to:

380 members
Public discussion forums with non-member audience
Website information
Facebook presence

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Newsletter

Quarterly newsletter containing important information about funeral/burial options and trends.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

5,000.00

Program 2

Presentations

Community presentation and facilitated discussion on planning and preparation for death in terms of advance directives and options for burial/cremation within the State of Maine.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

1,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Deliver high-quality and up-to-date information about end-of-life planning and funeral/burial/cremation options in the State of Maine.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Information dissemination through:

    Quarterly newsletter
    Annual meeting presentation open to the public
    Speaking engagements and exhibits state-wide
    Adult education/senior college programs
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are an all-volunteer organization comprised of individuals with a variety of skills and connections to community and end-of-life endeavors.

    We are not a large operation, but rather a small and effective local non-profit helping people find the information they need when it matters.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Growing membership
    Regularly scheduled presentations
    Requests for information
    Feedback from members
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have recently converted to effect tracking of membership data, mailing data, financial information, and volunteer hours.

    Working on increasing community presence and formalizing topics of education.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maine

State of Maine

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine Inc

Leadership

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President

Alison Rector

Vice President

Leon Bresloff

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Founded in 1973, FCAM is one of more than 100 similar groups across the country, supported by the national Funeral Consumers Alliance. We have no connection to the funeral industry or any religious group.

Simply put, we are a group of people who have learned about planning funerals through personal experience and are happy to share our knowledge with you."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alison Rector

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?