Core Programs

WMF's mission is to preserve the world's architectural heritage of significant monuments, buildings, and sites.

Advocacy

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Subotica Synagogue, Serbia and Montenegro
Subotica Synagogue, Serbia and Montenegro

Raising awareness about the importance of heritage preservation and about new threats facing heritage sites.

World Monuments Fund is an advocate for the preservation movement. Every project is an opportunity to raise awareness among the public, government agencies, community organizations, and potential donors about the importance of heritage preservation. Through programs like the World Monuments Watch, WMF speaks out in support of the protection of sites around the world.

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Education and Training

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Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Second Meeting House, New York
Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Second Meeting House, New York

Training craftspeople and emerging professionals in lost arts and modern methods to ensure that heritage preservation remains a vibrant field.

World Monuments Fund educates the public, facilitates the exchange of information among professionals, and trains crafts- and tradespeople in lost arts and modern standards.Site interpretation, international conferences, field schools, our website, and more ensure that heritage preservation remains a vibrant field accessible to professionals and laypeople alike.

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Cultural Legacy

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Crane Mural: Juanqinzhai, China
Crane Mural: Juanqinzhai, China

Saving the world's architectural masterpieces and important cultural heritage sites from damage and destruction.

World Monuments Fund's broadest mandate has always been preserving the world's architectural and cultural heritage represented by great buildings and sites, singular monuments that define a particular period of artistic expression or symbolize a cultural era. This program area provides financial and technical support for conservation of major structures and sites in collaboration with local partners.

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Capacity Building

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Detail from Sumda Chun, India
Detail from Sumda Chun, India

Helping communities around the world build infrastructures to protect and preserve their heritage over the long term.

Helping local communities build the governmental, financial, and technical infrastructures to preserve, protect, and sustain their heritage is a cornerstone of the World Monuments Fund's work. In areas where the tools and expertise to approach large-scale preservation projects are lacking, WMF assembles teams of international specialists to assist in designing conservation plans, conduct pilot projects, develop training programs, and plan for long-term stewardship of the sites.

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Disaster Recovery

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Damaged 13th-century Cathedral of San Massimo: L'Aquila, Italy, ©Agence France-P
Damaged 13th-century Cathedral of San Massimo: L'Aquila, Italy, ©Agence France-Presse

Responding quickly and decisively to natural and man-made disasters to assess damage, undertake emergency conservation, and assist with long-term recovery plans.

Preservation activities must often respond to extreme circumstances. WMF remains ready to mitigate the damage wrought by natural or man-made disasters. We are able to provide rapid-response missions of experts, damage assessment, and assistance in conservation planning and implementation. The tools WMF has developed in times of crisis have had broad applications in the field that go far beyond their initial use in emergency response situations.

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