1831 Society

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The 1831 Society is a dedicated group of donors who are leading the way in preserving Mount Auburn Cemetery for generations to come. They come from different walks of life, and value Mount Auburn in different ways—but what they share is a deep commitment to investing in Mount Auburn’s past, present, and future.

Each year, we are honored to invite our most passionate supporters to join the 1831 Society to deepen their connection to this special place and enjoy behind-the-scenes access and unique events.

Join the 1831 Society to bridge the past and the present—and preserve Mount Auburn into the future. 

The 1831 Society honors donors who have taken a leadership role in preserving, protecting, and promoting Mount Auburn. Across different generations, backgrounds, and cultures, they have one important thing in common: a strong commitment to maintaining the beauty of the Cemetery for thousands of visitors each year, from around the corner—and around the world. Some members give so their families will have a beautiful place to reflect and remember. Some give to keep the birdsong alive in the trees, each season of the year. Some give to preserve one-of-a-kind works of art and architecture for future scholars and enthusiasts. Some give because their daily walks with friends and loved ones are not just a luxury in the midst of hectic urban life, but a necessity.

In return, all members of the 1831 Society enjoy a deepened connection to Mount Auburn with exclusive, behind-the-scenes access.

The 1831 Society welcomes you to join us as a leadership donor—to invest in all Mount Auburn means to you and to enjoy special access and events. 


1831 Society members receive exclusive benefits.
These include special access and experiences at each giving level. Join the 1831 Society today!

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:

Ben Niles, Associate Director, Annual Fund & Special Gifts

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.