1831 Society

Join 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

If you make your gift through a Donor-Advised Fund and wish to partake in the membership benefits, you are required to “pay as you go.” Donors will find an insert with payment information in each event invitation and will be asked to pay the per-person value for each event. For more information, please contact the membership office. 

For further details about the 1831 Society, please contact:

Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement

Due to the COVID-19 situation, there will be delays in processing donations and sending print receipts and membership cards while our staff is working remotely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our staff is continuing to reply to inquiries during this time, so please contact us at pschlaht@mountauburn.org with questions. Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time, and for being part of the Friends of Mount Auburn. 

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.