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 617.607.1949
*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
Mount Auburn receives a specific dollar amount from your estate
Mount Auburn receives all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after the payment of any specific bequests and expenses
Mount Auburn is designated as a beneficiary of the remainder of your IRA or qualified pension
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 Jude Bedel, Director of Individual Giving at 617.607.1949 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Council of Visitors is comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, historic preservation, educational programming, landscape enhancement, and community leaders who support the Cemetery in accomplishing its mission and maintaining the highest standards of excellence. Learn more about the Council of Visitors.
Mount Auburn Cemetery Council of Visitors 2018
Caroline Mortimer, Co-Chair
Franklin A. Reece III, Co-Chair
John Airasian, Founding Member
Jane M. Carroll, Founding Member
Susan W. Paine, Founding Member
Peter W. Ambler
Elizabeth E. Barker
Virginia J. Brady
Joanna H. Breyer
Eliza E. Burden
W. Douglas Burden
Thomas N. Byrne
David B. Dearinger
Peter Del Tredici
Alan J. Dworsky
Suzanne R. Dworsky
Suzanne W. Dworsky
Liz Goodfellow Zagoroff
Patricia N. Grandieri
Lt. Col. David Hencke
Richard M. Hunt
Ann Holton Jenne
Clare Walker Leslie
Caleb Loring III
Julie Moir Messervy
Jeffrey H. Munger
H. Betsy Munzer
Mark Kimball Nichols
Harold I. Pratt
E. Denise Simmons
Deborah L. Smith
Sherley G. Smith
The Council of Visitors (COV) at Mount Auburn Cemetery is an advisory body, comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, landscape enhancement, historic preservation, wildlife, educational programming, as well as community leaders, dedicated to supporting and advancing Mount Auburn’s mission and highest standards of excellence. The Council acts as informed advisors on issues of strategic importance through active membership, and serve as a vital resource by volunteering leadership, expertise, and financial support. COV members also act as ambassadors and promote the interests of Mount Auburn Cemetery nationwide.
Members of the Council of Visitors are selected and invited by Mount Auburn leadership to serve terms of three years. Terms are renewable at the discretion of Mount Auburn leadership. They are selected based on their individual interests, vision, special expertise, and dedication to the advancement of Mount Auburn. A Chairman and a Vice Chairman are elected by Cemetery leadership.
The COV will receive regular reports on recent and upcoming major projects and new initiatives, financial conditions, fundraising reports, strategic plan updates, and other emerging topics. Members are encouraged to comment upon and advise on these and related matters. They are called upon by the Cemetery for informal advice or ad hoc assignments, and are invited to participate in occasional task forces and other special opportunities. While Mount Auburn invites, and welcomes, members’ philanthropic support, there are no giving requirements attached to the Council, nor are there any governance responsibilities.
The COV meets once each year for approximately one-half day in length. On Thursday, October 19, members attended the 6th annual Council of Visitors meeting with keynote speaker Ellen Goodman, award winning journalist and syndicated columnist, who founded “The Conversation Project.” As integral Mount Auburn community leaders, the Council will be invited to all Mount Auburn events, meetings, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and functions.
For more information on the COV or joining this important group of ambassadors, please contact Jude Bedel, Director of Individual Giving at 617.607.1949 or email@example.com.
In March 2017, Mount Auburn Cemetery reached the 100,000 interment milestone.
In 1993 the Cemetery published a ground-breaking Master Plan to shape how the Cemetery was managed and developed. In it was a startling revelation “If the Cemetery continues to rely primarily on its past practices of developing traditional, in-ground body burial space, it has less than eight years of land left before it ceases to be an active cemetery.” But through creative development of new areas and an increase in the popularity of cremation, Mount Auburn has surpassed that projected date of capacity and continues to have room for new interments. Over the past 5 years the Cemetery averaged 475 burials per year, evenly split between casket burials and cremation burials, and through strategic planning Mount Auburn will be an active Cemetery for many years to come.