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
- 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
- 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.