Join or Renew Your Membership

Charity Navigator logo Mount Auburn Cemetery is grateful for and relies on the loyal support of generous donors and community members. There are many ways you can help Mount Auburn continue to be a place of solace and inspiration and a landscape of exceptional beauty.

You can join the Friends of Mount Auburn or renew your annual membership by making a gift at any Perennial Circle or Laurel Circle level. (You can also find a brief explanation of the symbolism behind our newly named giving circles here.)

Friends enjoy a variety of benefits all year long, including special access to our curators, invitations to behind-the-scenes events, and more. Thank you for helping to keep our 175 acres of greenspace, monuments, buildings, gardens, and collections vibrant and well-cared-for, and for supporting our beloved educational programming and arts events.


Learn more about our membership categories below.

For further information, please contact:

Ben Niles, Associate Director, Annual Fund & Special Gifts 617-500-1715

Perennial Circle Benefits

Member $50 ($40 Senior) – $99

* Free admission to all Friends public programs and member’s discount on events & workshops
* Subscription to our biannual Sweet Auburn Magazine and monthly e-newsletters
* Invitation to Members Week for private events
* Discount on Mount Auburn Cemetery publications

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)

* Invitation to private tours and receptions with experts and curators
* 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

Laurel Circle Benefits

LILY $1,000 – $2,499   ($120 is non-deductible)

* Invitations to private Laurel Circle events
* Behind-the-scenes experiences with leadership and curators at Mount Auburn

ROSE $2,500 – $4,999   ($140 is non-deductible)

* Invitations to field trips to partner organizations with the President and Mount Auburn leadership * Invitation to the President’s Luncheon
* Plus, all the benefits listed above

AZALEA $5,000 – $9,999   ($160 is non-deductible)
* Invitations to explore a private garden in Greater Boston with the President
* Plus, all the benefits listed above

DOGWOOD $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
* Opportunity to book a private, after-hours tour for up to six guests with Mount Auburn experts or curators
* Plus, all the benefits listed above

CEDAR $25,000+   ($385 is non-deductible)  

* Private garden consultation at your home by Mount Auburn experts
* Plus, all the benefits listed above

BIRCH $50,000+   ($565 is non-deductible)  

* Private dinner with the President and a guest
* Plus, all the benefits listed above

MAPLE $100,000+   ($845 is non-deductible)  

* Private dinner with the President and up to four guests
* 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.