40 in 40

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters, Historic Oakland Foundation not only reached its fundraising goal — we exceeded it! Our 40 in 40 campaign wrapped up on October 1 with over $47,000 in donations, plus an additional $40,000 matching grant from John R. Moore and Jimmy L. Bryant, The Gertrude and William C. Wardlaw Fund, and anonymous donors.

We sincerely appreciate every dollar donated in support of our mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery.

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. Should HOF reach the 40 in 40 goal, its fundraising will be doubled with a $40,000 matching gift generously provided by John R. Moore and Jimmy L. Bryant, The Gertrude and William C. Wardlaw Fund, and anonymous donors.

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.