Special Projects



The Friends of Mount Auburn is raising funds to support the preservation of significant monuments, the enhancement of wildlife habitats, and the creation of existing public programming.

 

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Annual Fund

DSCF4661The Friends of Mount Auburn works to preserve this 175-acre treasure through gifts to the Annual Fund. As the foundation of Mount Auburn fundraising, the Annual Fund supports public education, the care of the horticultural collection, preservation and conservation, enhancements to the landscape, and protection of wildlife habitat.

Your gift to the Annual Fund will help sustain the natural beauty and rich history of Mount Auburn.

Make your gift online today.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Schlaht, Advancement Associate
617-607-1982
pschlaht@mountauburn.org

 

 

 

Leaving A Lasting Legacy



Become part of the Friends of Mount Auburn or support a Special Project, to ensure that what’s meaningful to you today, continues tomorrow.




Including the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery in your will or estate plan is a simple way to make a meaningful contribution to this treasured organization. A bequest is a gift made to Mount Auburn through your will or trust at the time of your passing. A bequest is also an extraordinary demonstration of commitment that costs you nothing in your lifetime, all while supporting public education, the care of the horticultural collection, preservation and conservation, enhancements to the landscape, and protection of wildlife habitat. Your bequest language can specify how your gift will be used by Mount Auburn upon receipt.



HOW YOU BENEFIT


* Planned gifts come out of your assets at the time of your death and therefore do not diminish your current income.


* You may alter your bequest or trust designation at any time.


* Your bequest or trust designation is entirely free from federal estate taxes, whereas if it were left to an individual, a significant amount might go to federal estate taxes.


* You receive immediate benefits as a member of the Remembrance Society, such as invitations to private receptions, recognition in the Annual Report, and more.







HOW IT WORKS

* Notify Mount Auburn of your intent by calling 617.607.1970.


* Include a bequest provision in your will or revocable trust (see sample text below).


* Upon your passing, the Friends of Mount Auburn receives the bequest you specified.






TYPES OF BEQUESTS


Cash Bequest
Mount Auburn receives a specific dollar amount from your estate.


Residuary Bequest
Mount Auburn receives all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after the payment of any specific bequests and expenses.


Retirement Plan
Mount Auburn is designated as a beneficiary of the remainder of your IRA or qualified pension.


Life Insurance
Mount Auburn is designated as a beneficiary or owner of your life insurance policy.






SAMPLE BEQUEST LANGUAGE
To review with your estate planning professional


The following language in your will would create such a gift:


“I give the sum of ______________dollars ($___________) [or ____________% of my estate] [or description of securities or other property] to the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) with offices at 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. This gift is unrestricted [or a specific designation].






THE REMEMBRANCE SOCIETY


The Remembrance Society was established to honor those who choose to include Mount Auburn in their will and/or estate planning. Members enjoy a variety of benefits in gratitude for their generosity, such as invitations to private receptions, recognition in the Annual Report, and more. Please contact Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement at 617-607-1970 or jgilbert@mountauburn.org for more information.


1831 Society



Become part of the Friends of Mount Auburn or support a Special Project, to ensure that what’s meaningful to you today, continues tomorrow.




Mount Auburn's endowment covers only a fraction of our expenses. Leadership donors, who comprise the 1831 Society, make it all possible. Without support from these dedicated individuals, the vision of Mount Auburn's pioneering founders--a beautiful, natural setting that would provide comfort for the bereaved and inspiration for the public--could not be sustained. 1831 Society donors lead the way in keeping our cemetery, gardens, arboretum, and outdoor museum a beloved respite from hectic, modern life.

One gift covers membership in the 1831 Society for up to two people.


1831 SOCIETY LEVELS AND MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: 

Dearborn Circle $1,000 - $2,499   ($120 is non-deductible)
* Invitations to private 1831 Society events
* Behind-the-scenes experiences with Mount Auburn leadership and curators
* Complimentary membership at the Member Level for two friends or relatives
* All benefits of the Friends of Mount Auburn $50 - $999 levels


Story Circle $2,500 - $4,999   ($140 is non-deductible)
* Invitations to field trips with the President and experts to partner organizations
* Invitation to the President’s Luncheon
* Plus, all the benefits listed above


Bigelow Circle $5,000 – $9,999   ($160 is non-deductible)
* Invitation to explore a private garden in Greater Boston with the president
* Plus, all the benefits listed above


Founders Circle $10,000 - $24,999   ($285 is non-deductible)
* Opportunity to book a private, after-hours tour with Mount Auburn experts for up to six guests
* Plus, all the benefits listed above


President’s Circle $25,000+   ($385 is non-deductible)  
* Private garden consultation at your home by Mount Auburn experts
* Plus, all the benefits listed above






For further details about the 1831 Society, contact:


Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement
617-607-1970
jgilbert@mountauburn.org

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Contact the Friends of Mount Auburn:
617-607-1982
friends@mountauburn.org

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Spring Visitors jjj (16)As stewards of an active cemetery and a National Historic Landmark...
our mission is preservation and service with excellence and innovation...
our goal is to conserve the natural beauty of Mount Auburn and promote the appreciation of our cultural, historic, and natural resources...
our passion is to protect Mount Auburn and share it with future generations.