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Mount Auburn Cemetery: (The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery)

 580 Mount Auburn Street
 Cambridge, MA 02138
[P] (617) 547-7105
[F] (617) 876-4405
Jenny Gilbert
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EIN 22-3084639

LAST UPDATED: 05/31/2017
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Mount Auburn Cemetery Mission Statement:

Mount Auburn Cemetery inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.
Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery Mission Statement:
The mission of the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (FOMAC) is to assist in the conservation of the natural beauty and historic integrity of Mount Auburn Cemetery and to increase public knowledge and appreciation of its unique cultural, historic, and natural resources through charitable, scientific, and educational programs. To accomplish these goals, FOMAC raises funds from both public and private sources.

Mission Statement

Mount Auburn Cemetery Mission Statement:

Mount Auburn Cemetery inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.
Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery Mission Statement:
The mission of the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (FOMAC) is to assist in the conservation of the natural beauty and historic integrity of Mount Auburn Cemetery and to increase public knowledge and appreciation of its unique cultural, historic, and natural resources through charitable, scientific, and educational programs. To accomplish these goals, FOMAC raises funds from both public and private sources.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
Projected Income $3,874,777.00
Projected Expense $3,019,800.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Care & Maintenance of Horticultural Collections and Landscape.
  • Educational Outreach
  • Preservation of Monuments & Structures
  • Significant Monuments Collection
  • Wildlife Habitat Enhancement

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Mission Statement

Mount Auburn Cemetery Mission Statement:

Mount Auburn Cemetery inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.
Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery Mission Statement:
The mission of the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (FOMAC) is to assist in the conservation of the natural beauty and historic integrity of Mount Auburn Cemetery and to increase public knowledge and appreciation of its unique cultural, historic, and natural resources through charitable, scientific, and educational programs. To accomplish these goals, FOMAC raises funds from both public and private sources.

Background Statement

Mount Auburn's visionary founders set out to design a cemetery that would also serve as a place of beauty and inspiration for the living. Our National Historic Landmark status recognizes Mount Auburn for its significance as the first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in North America, and for its influence on the public parks movement and on the field of landscape architecture.
On September 24, 1831 Associate Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story delivered the consecration address that established Mount Auburn as the first “rural cemetery” in the nation. Story, along with Jacob Bigelow and the rest of our founders, had the foresight and vision in 1831 to pursue the bold and innovative concept that a cemetery could serve as a place for families to bury and commemorate their loved ones, while at the same time it could be designed as a place of great natural beauty and inspiration for the public.
The concept proved to be a success, as Mount Auburn very quickly became both a popular tourist destination and an inclusive and admired cemetery. Mount Auburn thus started what became known as the rural cemetery movement, and was imitated with the establishment of rural cemeteries throughout North America. The popularity of rural cemeteries, in turn, led to the public parks movement, starting with Central Park in New York in 1857 and later the Emerald Necklace here in Boston and all the parks around the country that are so important to our society today. 
In 2003 the Secretary of the Department of the Interior designated Mount Auburn a National Historic Landmark, recognizing it as one of the country's most significant cultural landscapes, and in 2007 it received the Trustees’ Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2012, continuing its long legacy of horticultural leadership, Mount Auburn achieved Level III accreditation as an arboretum through ArbNet, an international organization promoting the work of arboreta.
Today we are still an active cemetery, providing a high level of service to families at their time of need, while we also work to preserve and enhance the character of this historically significant landscape. We are a multifaceted cultural institution, and money raised by FOMAC helps us achieve our mission by caring for our horticultural collections, offering enriching public programs, conserving our historic monuments, enhancing the landscape, and protecting wildlife habitat. 

Impact Statement

In our last fiscal year, we completed an extensive restoration of our Egyptian Revival Gateway, one of Mount Auburn’s most iconic structures. The project included a comprehensive restoration of the cast iron fence and wrought iron gates and repairs to the granite gatehouse.

As part of our ongoing work to improve our landscape as a wildlife habitat, we received a grant to implement a 2-year collaboration with Lesley University in 2017. Our staff has begun working with Lesley faculty to conduct ecological assessments of habitats, develop strategies to enhance biodiversity, and create new opportunities for engaging visitors and volunteers in sustaining urban wildlife habitats.

We also expanded our artist residency program, the first of its kind at a cemetery. Roberto Mighty, our first Artist-in-Residence, completed his residency in late 2016 with the premiere of the complete, a site-specific, multimedia exhibit inspired by the sights, sounds, and individual stories of the Cemetery. Also in 2016, we commissioned Mary Bichner as our first Composer-in-Residence. Using her unique gift of synesthesia, the perception of colors having specific sounds, she has composed a variety of works inspired by the landscape and people buried at Mount Auburn.

In the coming year, one of our top projects will be renovating and replanting our historic Asa Gray Garden, transforming this prominent gathering place, located just inside the front entrance gate between our two chapels, into a welcoming, accessible space for contemplation and inspiration. Another will be expanding our new mobile app, designed to make the Cemetery easier to navigate with GPS-based information about nearby monuments, plants, and wildlife, plus allowing families to upload information about relatives buried here. Finally, we will be expanding on our Lesley partnership, with education programs and wildlife assessments to help guide our future efforts to improve the Cemetery as an urban wildlife refuge. 

Needs Statement

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery has made it a priority to raise funds to support the renovation and replanting of our historic Asa Gray Garden, transforming this prominent gathering place, located just inside the front entrance gate between our two chapels, into a welcoming, accessible space for contemplation and inspiration. FOMAC has also made a priority to secure funds to implement new projects and expand on current ones that support wildlife, as outlined in our ongoing Wildlife Action Plan. Highlights include our volunteer Citizen Science program to engage the pubic in our work, reintroduction of native amphibian species, and monitoring of bird populations. Additionally, FOMAC is raising funds to support the preservation of a number of significant monuments in need of restoration, including an initiative to conserve and stabilize monuments to veterans from the Civil War and World War I. FOMAC is also working to replace turf with groundcover plantings around more of our monuments, to protect the stones from mower damage and reduce our carbon footprint. Finally, FOMAC continues to raise funds to support a wide array of public programming, through which we educate visitors and community members about the unique cultural, historical, and natural value of Mount Auburn.

CEO Statement

Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831 by members of the newly organized Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was the first large-scale designed landscape in North America open to the public. Created with the purpose of consoling the bereaved in a tranquil, natural setting, the Cemetery represents a turning point in 19th-century attitudes about death, burial, and commemoration. The Cemetery’s concept was imitated widely throughout the United States and inspired the subsequent rural cemetery movement as well as the establishment of America’s public parks and picturesque suburbs.

Mount Auburn’s role as a historic site, arboretum, nature sanctuary, and evolving place of community memory has never been more essential. The many facets of Mount Auburn create a truly dynamic place that is comforting, beautiful, and a valuable educational and community resource. Our ability to honor the intentions of our founders and properly steward this distinctive landscape into the coming years is subject to increasing outside support from those who value this national treasure.
We often summarize our mission as one of “preservation and service with excellence and innovation.” We have an enthusiastic, dedicated staff and Board of Trustees who take great pride in managing and maintaining Mount Auburn as an active cemetery and a significant cultural institution. 
Environmental stewardship and historic preservation are key components of Mount Auburn’s organizational culture, reflected in virtually all projects and activities during the year. Our “Eternally Green” newsletter, distributed monthly to staff and volunteers, focuses on sustainable practices throughout the organization, and “eternally green” articles are regularly included in our FOMAC monthly e-newsletter, helping to spread Mount Auburn’s philosophy to the general public.  

Board Chair Statement

As part of an ongoing long-range strategic planning process, we revisited our mission statement in 2014. The resulting mission embraces the bold and innovative vision of our founders in 1831 to create a beautiful and tranquil setting that inspires all who visit while also providing the important functions of burial and commemoration. We are proud that Mount Auburn remains an active cemetery, offering interment space and end-of-life services to families at a time of need, and we are committed to providing these services with professionalism and compassion at the highest standard. We continue to develop new burial and memorialization options that respect the historic character and beauty of the landscape while also ensuring a diverse mix of inventory. As interest in natural (green) burials has increased, we have found appropriate locations to add such space to our inventory.
Contributed support from foundations, agencies and individuals continues to become increasingly important to Mount Auburn, enabling us to pursue preservation and landscape enhancement projects over and above the perpetual care and annual care obligations to lot owners that 79% of our endowment is restricted to. In FY2017, FOMAC raised $1.9 million. While the significance of contributed support grows, Mount Auburn’s financial model continues to depend largely on our endowment. Earned revenue from cemetery services fees remained strong as well. Thanks to the hard work, creativity, and passion of Mount Auburn’s dedicated staff, volunteers, and Board of Trustees, the Cemetery remains strong as both an active cemetery and a vibrant cultural institution. We look forward to the future with confidence and send sincere appreciation for your interest and support.

Geographic Area Served


As the #1 attraction in the City of Cambridge on the popular website TripAdvisor, we welcome 250,000 visitors annually, free of charge. The majority of our audience is in the surrounding towns and greater Boston area, but we do have many national and international visitors as well.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Historical Organizations
  2. Environment - Botanical Gardens & Arboreta
  3. Education -

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Care & Maintenance of Horticultural Collections and Landscape.

Mount Auburn is an invaluable resource for the Greater Boston area and for the horticultural world at large. The Cemetery, which covers 175 acres, maintains a nationally significant collection of woody and herbaceous plants. More than 5,000 trees, representing over 620 different species and cultivars, are tracked in a computerized plant records system (BG-Base and BG-Map). Another 1,200 additional taxa in the form of shrubs and groundcover plants are represented by the more than 11,000 plants or plant masses in those collections. Some species, indeed some actual trees, pre-date the earliest period of the Cemetery and serve as links to the original local flora. Other species represent the burgeoning selection of horticultural materials brought to New England from abroad and cultivated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 
Budget  $1,731,220.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
Establishment of a state-of-the-art recycling facility, to recycle and reuse all "yard waste." This facility has become the new site for many educational programs offered to the general public and other landscape professionals.
Program Long-Term Success  Today, several initiatives are important factors in maintaining Mount Auburn’s landscape and the care for its plant collections: the implementation of a maintenance approach that employs ecologically sustainable practices, the introduction of new plantings for the improvement of wildlife habitat, and the creation of garden spaces with distinct landscape characters. The horticulture program is committed to experimenting with and refining ecologically sustainable landscaping techniques, from brewing compost teas to exploring Integrated Pest Management to the use of a strictly organic growing system and low emitter sprinklers. 
Program Success Monitored By 
All plantings and projects are monitored by horticulture staff and volunteers. 
Examples of Program Success 
The Cemetery celebrated a major milestone in 2013 with the completion of our new state-of-the-art greenhouse. Using this facility’s enhanced technologies, we are increasing our capacity to propagate a range of hard-to-find and/or historically appropriate plants as we add to our collections’ diversity while preserving our historically significant landscape. 

Just one month after we broke ground on the new greenhouse, Mount Auburn received Level III (out of IV) accreditation as an arboretum through ArbNet, an international organization promoting the work of arboreta. Among the first arboreta in New England to receive this level of accreditation, and the first cemetery nationwide, Mount Auburn was acknowledged for its extraordinary plant collections. This accreditation further establishes Mount Auburn as a national leader in horticultural collections and curatorial practices.

Educational Outreach

FOMAC offers a wide variety of public programs and publications to help visitors to learn and explore through self-guided tours, and engages a large audience of local community residents and tourists from around the world. Approximately one third of FOMAC's 100+ annual programs are offered free of charge. More than 500 organized groups—schools and universities, historical societies, garden clubs, professional groups, and senior groups—visit the Cemetery each year, and last year 150 of these groups attended a guided tour led by a staff member or volunteer docent. Each year over 5,000 students also visit Mount Auburn on school sponsored field trips, and we frequently host senior groups, who tour the grounds on bus trips organized by retirement homes. In fact, nearly one-third of Mount Auburn's over 1,000 member households are at the Senior/Student level, and their low-cost membership grants them free or reduced admission to all of our public programs. 
Budget  $168,065.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Humanities Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
Our program success is determined by attendee feedback and evaluation.
Program Long-Term Success 
In the past 20 years, FOMAC has offered more than 1,500 walks, talks, and special events to educate the community at large about all that makes Mount Auburn unique. Awareness raised at programs has led to, among other things, increased membership in FOMAC and contributed support for special projects. 
Program Success Monitored By 
We use post-program surveys and interviews to monitor success.
Examples of Program Success 
New programs such as A Glimpse Beyond (a multi-disciplinary celebration of Mount Auburn, performed out in the Cemetery grounds), concert series, author book talks, and community theater performances have successfully attracted new and diverse audience members in recent years. We have also launched the first artist residency program to be hosted by a cemetery in the United States, which has given us new programming opportunities with screenings and concerts by our first two artists-in-residence in recent years. 

Preservation of Monuments & Structures

As stewards of this National Historic Landmark, we recognize that the landscape we are working to preserve is significant as much for the monuments, fences, and other built structures as it is for the plant collections and natural environment. We also recognize that as an outdoor museum of art and nature, deterioration of our monuments and structures is an inherent risk over years of exposure to the elements, especially New England winters. Mount Auburn has an experienced preservation staff and established practices in place to ensure that despite wear and tear from the natural elements, our monuments and structures are kept in good repair and stable condition for as long as possible. Our staff emphasizes preventive treatment and maintenance procedures that minimize deterioration, stabilize the stones, and ensure their preservation well into the future. 
Budget  $201,390.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
FOMAC secures funding to ensure that our collections of monuments, buildings, documents, and artifacts are properly cared for and preserved for the future. These efforts include projects such as the Civil War monument conservation initiative, for which we completed preservation work on a total of seventeen monuments over two years, such as those of pioneering nurse Dorothea Dix and Paul Revere’s two grandsons. We have also undertaken conservation work on Mount Auburn's historic cast-iron fences, which are prominent throughout Cemetery's historic core and inform its Victorian character. In another major initiative, we recently completed preservation of the Cemetery’s Egyptian Revival Gateway. Serving as the point of entry for 250,000 visitors annually, the Gateway is one of the Cemetery’s most highly visible and iconic structures as the first fully created Egyptian Revival structure in the United States.
Program Long-Term Success 
The maintenance of our built structures and monuments over time, including a collection of several historically and artistically significant monuments.
Program Success Monitored By 
The program success is monitored by our Vice President of Facilities & Preservation, monument surveys that are conducted, and by outside experts, contractors, and consultants.
Examples of Program Success 

Since Mount Auburn’s early decades, the extraordinary integration of buildings, monuments, and memorials in our designed landscape has made the Cemetery a place of timeless beauty and historic significance. Our expert staff uses innovative techniques to ensure that our collections of monuments, buildings, documents, and artifacts are properly cared for and preserved for the future. Along with our most recent undertakings, highlights include preservation of the Robert Gould Shaw monument, which honors the famed Civil War Colonel who led the first African American infantry regiment in the United States Army, the Massachusetts 54th. Additionally, we completed a major preservation of the monument to 19th-century American naturalist Amos Binney. Designed by Thomas Crawford, the monument is a designated National Treasure by the National Trust and White House Millennium Committee to Save Outdoor Sculpture, and is one of the most outstanding works of funerary art in the United States. 

Significant Monuments Collection

In 2013, with support from a federal grant, we began a project to research and document 30 monuments in our Significant Monument Collection in order to create a baseline for preservation. The collection represents a range of commemorative artwork by prominent 19th and 20th-century sculptors, architects, and craftsmen. This project gave us the opportunity to provide the full stewardship that our significant monuments require, including photography, cataloging, research in the historical collections, a print publication, online exhibition, and short documentary films. We also established standards for the care of outdoor sculpture in a horticultural space, both for our institution and as a model for others. Through the project, we created a priority order and plans for conservation and preservation work on key monuments in this collection. Several of the highest priority projects are already complete, and we continue to seek funding to preserve additional monuments in the coming years.

Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
This project has produced a number of short-term successes, such as the creation of new interpretive materials including photography, film, and a publication that will all help share the importance of this collection with the general public.
Program Long-Term Success 
The stewardship of our Significant Monument Collection has helped us to open key areas of our archives and share a host of primary materials from with the public in new ways.  The guidelines we established as part of this project will inform us and other organizations on best practices for preservation and stewardship of outdoor sculpture in a horticultural setting. We hosted a well attended conference in November 2015 where we shared our results and guidelines with professionals from a host of other cemeteries and museums who face similar challenges with their collections. We have also used what we have learned to guide the preservation of this collection itself.  
Since 2013 we have completed conservation of Thomas Crawford's Binney monument, as well as conservation of the Thatcher Magoun monument, which features a sculpture of a kneeling mother and child, and was in critical need of preservation work.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success is monitored by our preservation staff who regularly assess the longevity and effectiveness of conservation treatment that has been undertaken. Feedback from peer organizations has been positive regarding the guidelines and best practices we have established as part of this project.  The general public has also reacted positively to materials that we have made available, as well as the new interpretive materials that have been created as part of this project.
Examples of Program Success  As previously mentioned, we have completed preservation and conservation work on several key monuments in this collection, including the Binney, Magoun, Coppenhagen, and Harnden. We have also established guidelines and best practices regarding stewardship of this monument collection, and others like it, and shared our results with peer organizations and the public through a conference and publication. This project has also produced a host of interpretive materials that are available in a variety of mediums, such as in print and online, that allow us to share the importance of this collection with a vast audience.  Finally, looking forward, the Cemetery plans to do conservation treatment on additional monuments in this collection that require such work over the next five years.

Wildlife Habitat Enhancement

Mount Auburn has served as valuable habitat for wildlife since long before its founding in 1831, but in recent decades its ecological uniqueness in the greater Boston metropolitan area has become increasingly apparent. In the last 2 decades, this increased awareness of Mount Auburn’s special status and the growing environmental sensitivity throughout society have resulted in management of the grounds as a natural resource and as wildlife habitat as well as a cemetery, historic landscape and arboretum. 


In 2002 Mount Auburn was designated as one of the 79 Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. While there are populations of suburban breeding birds year-round and a full complement of winter residents, Mount Auburn is famous for its rich display of migratory birds each spring.
Budget  $262,390.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
Wildlife habitat restoration was recently completed in the Narcissus Path and Beech Avenue area of the Cemetery. The project represents another important step in our efforts to improve the value of Mount Auburn as a significant urban animal habitat. This restoration allows the Narcissus Path and Beech Avenue area to serve as a wildlife corridor, connecting a series of habitat-rich landscapes at Mount Auburn by knitting together a series of wildlife refuges that were previously segregated. 
Another example of a sizable addition to our animal habitat focused landscapes is the soon to be completed woodland restoration of Consecration Dell. The restoration in Consecration Dell began in 1993, and continued with various large scale planting projects from 1997 - 2010.  The final stage in the restoration in 2016 has consisted of replanting the entire south slope to create a bird-friendly shrubland habitat.
Program Long-Term Success  Habitat projects have included the reclamation and restoration of woodland habitat degraded by invasive plant species, improvements to water quality and aquatic vegetation at our major water bodies, installation of a regionally-scarce upland wildflower meadow, the launch of a program to re-introduce three species of frogs and toads at a vernal pool, and the establishment of a wildlife corridor that will serve to connect a series of habitat-rich landscapes in the core of the Cemetery. While past landscaping and horticultural design and management have created this needed urban oasis, many opportunities still exist to enhance existing habitat and create new types of habitat at the Cemetery.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success is monitored by our staff experts, consulting wildlife experts, and volunteer citizen scientists.
Examples of Program Success 
In addition to the Narcissus Path/Beech Ave corridor project described above, the Cemetery has created wetland habitats at its 4 water bodies to improve water quality for fish and amphibians; established a 1-acre wildflower meadow for insects and birds; and has continually worked for more than a decade on the reestablishment of a native New England woodland where numerous species of wildlife, including the once-endangered spotted salamander, live year-round. We have also established a Citizen Science volunteer program in which a group of community members have been trained to observe and record data on life cycles of various trees and shrubs and specific defined microclimates in the Cemetery, to help us determine any changes we need to make to our plantings in order to ensure that migratory birds have adequate food sources available in the midst of climate change disruption. The program not only helps provide us with needed data, but has also helped engage the public in our efforts. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Dr. David P. Barnett
CEO Term Start Sept 1993
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Dave is the President & CEO of Mount Auburn. He serves as an ex officio member on all standing committees. Dave came to Mount Auburn in 1993 as the Director of Horticulture. In 1999 he became the Cemetery's Vice President of Operations & Horticulture, and in January 2008 he was appointed Mount Auburn's first Executive Vice President. He became Acting President on July 1, 2008 upon the retirement of former President William C. Clendaniel, and was appointed President & CEO on September 10, 2008. 
Dave was President of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) from 2007 to 2009 and served on the APGA Board for a total of nine years. He was Chair of the Host Committee for the 2003 APGA Annual Conference held in Boston. He is currently President of the Horticultural Club of Boston. Recently, he was the 2016 recipient of the Garden Club of America's (GCA) Distinguished Service Medal.

Dave received his B.S. in Environmental Horticulture, summa cum laude, from the University of Connecticut; and an M.S. in Environmental Horticulture and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis. Prior to coming to Mount Auburn, he served for eight years as Assistant Director at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
William C. Clendaniel 1988 2008
Alan D. Chesney 1968 1988

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Michael A. Albano CPA, CGMA Executive Vice President & CFO
Mike is the Executive Vice President & CFO. He oversees the areas of finance, human resources, information technology and planning and is the primary staff liaison for the following Trustee committees: Audit (Cemetery and FOMAC), Employee Compensation & Benefits, Finance, Investment, Meadow Extension Financing, and Nominating. Mike joined Mount Auburn in June 1999 as the Director of Finance & Administration. He has over 25 years experience in the financial field with proven expertise in accounting, auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, internal controls, computer systems and human resources administration.
Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Thomas College in Waterville, ME and received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1993. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). Mike is on the Board of Directors of the Watertown/Belmont Chamber of Commerce and the Watertown Youth Baseball.
Gus Fraser Vice President of Preservation & Facilities

Gus Fraser is the Vice President of Preservation and Facilities at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Gus manages the preservation and maintenance of the Cemetery’s built environment, including buildings, monuments, mausolea, cast iron fences, and other structures in the historic landscape. He is in his fifteenth year on the staff of Mount Auburn and has over twenty five years experience in the preservation, restoration and maintenance of historic structures and sites. Prior to coming to Mount Auburn, he operated his own business providing high quality historic preservation services to house museums and private homeowners. At Mount Auburn he oversees a highly skilled and dedicated preservation staff in the conservation and repair of the Cemetery’s unique and historically significant collection of monuments, mausolea, and lot fences. He has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Boston University

Bree D. Harvey Vice President of Cemetery & Visitors Services
Bree is Vice President of External Affairs for Mount Auburn and is staff liaison to the FOMAC Trustees. She came to Mount Auburn in 2001 as the Orientation Center Coordinator. Since then she has served as Public Programs Coordinator and Director of Education & Visitor Services. She became Vice President in April 2010. 
Bree attended college at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a small public honors college on the Chesapeake Bay, where she received degrees in History and Anthropology. Prior to coming to Mount Auburn, Bree worked as a landscape archaeologist in Maryland and Virginia, investigating historic designed landscapes ranging from slave quarter sites to the formal designed gardens.

Bree is interested in preserving open greenspace, garden design, and the local food movement. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the newly-formed Watertown Community Gardens, Inc., a non-profit promoting the growth of a network of community gardens throughout Watertown.


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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 53
Number of Part Time Staff 30
Number of Volunteers 76
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 87
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 97

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Thomas C. Cooper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boston College
Board Chair Term Jan 1994 - Jan 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Apr 2010 - 2012

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mary Lee (Widgie) Aldrich Tutor Voting
Eliza S. Anderson Community Volunteer Voting
Dr. David Barnett Mount Auburn Cemetery, President & CEO Voting
Samuel B. Carr Jr. Alpha Windward, LLC Voting
Lindsay Leard Coolidge Retired Voting
Thomas C. Cooper Boston College Voting
James F. Hunnewell Jr. Briar Properties, LLC Voting
Patricia B. Jacoby Retired Voting
Paul Kuenstner Retired Voting
James N. Levitt Harvard Forest Voting
Sean McDonnell Architectural Heritage Foundation Voting
Caroline Mortimer Retired Voting
Laura Nash Piper Cove Asset Management Voting
Niels Peetz-Larsen Surveyor Capital Management Voting
Frank Reece Executive Consultant Voting
Ann M. Roosevelt Roco Realty Voting
David A. Straus Interaction Associates Voting
Louise Weed Community Volunteer Voting
Paul Zofnass The Environmental Financial Consulting Group Inc. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 19
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
Projected Income $3,874,777.00
Projected Expense $3,019,800.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $2,432,568 $1,407,320 $1,149,787
Total Expenses $2,214,764 $1,278,926 $1,295,559

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,873,669 $875,027 $625,791
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $29,306 $29,363 $33,462
Investment Income, Net of Losses $3,351 $5,689 $7,945
Membership Dues $54,026 $51,138 $47,445
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $472,216 $446,103 $435,144

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,832,456 $919,308 $939,101
Administration Expense $41,186 $38,440 $35,010
Fundraising Expense $341,122 $321,178 $321,448
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 1.10 0.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 72% 72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 18% 37% 51%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,801,494 $1,615,560 $1,460,066
Current Assets $1,774,057 $1,573,066 $1,398,571
Long-Term Liabilities $8,292 $27,663 $46,703
Current Liabilities $57,434 $69,933 $23,793
Total Net Assets $1,735,768 $1,517,964 $1,389,570

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $246,937.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 31.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 30.89 22.49 58.78

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 2% 3%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
Please note: Contributions from Mount Auburn Cemetery are listed under "Other."


Other Documents

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