40 in 40

This October marks the 40th anniversary of Historic Oakland Foundation becoming a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization charged with preserving, restoring, enhancing, and sharing historic Oakland Cemetery.

As part of that milestone, HOF embarks on a 40-day fundraising campaign to support Atlanta’s oldest public burial ground and a treasured repository of local, state, and national history.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23 and culminating on Sunday, Oct. 1, HOF has a goal to raise $40,000 in 40 days. During this five-week period, every dollar raised will go toward supporting an array of preservation, education, and public interest projects at Oakland Cemetery, including:


  • School visits
  • Young Historians Homeschool Program
  • Guided tour offerings
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery mobile app
  • Interpretative signage
  • Community programming

Hardscape Restoration:

  • African American Grounds
  • Bobby Jones area
  • Jewish Burial Grounds
  • Critical restoration projects like vandalism and repairing and restoring the comfort stations
  • Burial records research
  • GIS database

Landscape Restoration:

  • Tree care
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Plant sale inventory
  • Wildlife habitat maintenance

Donations can be sent by mail, made online, given in person at Oakland’s Visitors Center & Museum Shop, and through its mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices. Only gifts (excluding HOF memberships) made between Aug. 23 and Oct. 1 will count towards HOF’s $40,000 in 40 goal.