1831 Society

Become part of the Friends of Mount Auburn or support a Special Projectto 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.


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

Our Commitment to Our Donors:

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by The Friends, both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes Mount Auburn Cemetery’s website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.