Join or Renew Your Membership

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

Experience a deeper connection by becoming a Friend of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and support the place that means so much to you. Friends enjoy a variety of benefits all year long, including special access to curators, invitations to behind-the-scenes events, and more.

One gift covers membership in the Friends of Mount Auburn for up to two people. Learn more about our membership categories below:

Membership Benefits
1831 Society – $1,000 and higher

For further information, please contact:

Peter Schlaht, Annual Giving Manager

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 with questions. Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time, and for being part of the Friends of Mount Auburn. 


Member $50 ($40 Senior) – $99
* Free admission to all Friends public programs and discount on events & workshops
* Subscription to Sweet Auburn Magazine and the Programs & Events Calendar
* Invitation to Friends Week for private events
* Discount on Mount Auburn Cemetery publications
* Discount of 10% with Friends membership card to partner nurseries

Contributor $100- $249
* Recognition in the Annual Report
* Receive a thank-you gift
* Plus, all the benefits listed above

Donor $250 – $499 ($35 is non-deductible)
* Invitations to private tours and receptions with experts
* Discount on research and genealogical services offered by Mount Auburn
* Plant giveaways from Mount Auburn’s Greenhouse
* Plus, all the benefits listed above

Patron $500 – $999 ($70 is non-deductible)
* Invitation to Art of Commemoration  walking tours with the curator
* Two complimentary passes to public programs for friends or relatives
* Plus, all the benefits listed above


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

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. 

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.