For over 55 years, WMF has been the leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to saving the world’s cultural treasures. We have partnered to safeguard over 700 sites in 112 countries, and leveraged over $800M to conserve and advocate for humankind’s greatest cultural achievements—sites such as Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, the synagogues of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, and the Qianlong Garden in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

The International Council is a prestigious circle of philanthropists and heritage enthusiasts from around the world who are instrumental in helping WMF achieve its goals. Sustained by a love of history, art, and architecture, Council members interact directly with WMF’s leadership, and each other, to chart the organization’s global strategy and maximize its impact. In addition to enjoying a suite of exclusive benefits, members help identify conservation projects of international significance, and share with their networks the critical importance of preserving humanity’s irreplaceable cultural heritage for future generations. When you join the International Council, you become part of a global community extending from WMF headquarters in New York City to our affiliates in the UK, India, Peru, Portugal, and Spain, as well as representatives in France, China, Japan, and Cambodia.

International Council Members serve as global ambassadors for WMF and its mission and have the opportunity to travel with WMF’s leadership and conservation experts through our exclusive travel program, Monumental Journeys. Past trips have included a private dinner under the stars at Angkor Wat in Cambodia; exploring the “Rose City” of Petra in Jordan, illuminated by 1,000 candles, while enjoying authentic Bedouin music; and traversing the ancient astronomical complex of Chankillo in Peru on foot, concluding with champagne and hors d'oeuvres at dusk. Council members also have access to private, behind-the-scenes tours of WMF sites around the world while traveling independently. These visits may be scheduled to fit with your personal travel plans and the full list of tours can be found here.

We invite you to join us.

Additional Benefits of International Council Membership Include:

  • Council Member ($5,000 USD)
  • Champion Member ($10,000 USD)
  • Leadership Member ($25,000 USD)
  • President’s Circle Member ($50,000 USD)
  • Project Partner
  • Access to Monumental Journeys, WMF’s exclusive travel program
  • Invitation to the annual World Monuments Summit, a two-day program of scholarly lectures, site tours, and receptions
  • Private visits to select WMF sites with conservation experts, upon request
  • Invitations to special events hosted by WMF headquarters in New York City and by Council Chapters
  • Invitations to inaugural celebrations for completed WMF projects
  • Access to presale tickets to the Annual Gala and Spring Spotlight
  • Reserved seating at WMF public events
  • Invitations to online events featuring virtual tours of WMF projects
  • Recognition in the annual Watch magazine and on the WMF website
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All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Invitation for two to VIP dinners in New York City and London
  • Invitation for two to a privately hosted reception held in conjunction with the Annual Gala and World Monuments Summit
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All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Opportunities throughout the year to attend exclusive Trustee events in New York City and at WMF affiliates
  • Invitation for two to a private lunch with WMF President and CEO
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All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Invitation to travel with the President and CEO on working trips
  • Invitation to a presentation about strategic organizational initiatives
  • To join as a President’s Circle member, please contact Karaugh Brown, Vice President of Development and Partnerships, at kbrown@wmf.org or (646) 424-9594 x229

International Council members also have the opportunity to become a Project Partner by making or facilitating a transformative gift to a select WMF site. Project Partners enjoy the ultimate insider look at every phase of a conservation project and its impact on the surrounding community. Project Partners may also accompany WMF leadership on working trips and participate in meetings with our partners, local government officials, cultural heritage authorities, and other dignitaries.

To learn more about how International Council members can become WMF Project Partners, please contact council@wmf.org or (646) 424-9594 x218.

For more information about joining the International Council, please contact Jessica Glaser at jglaser@wmf.org or 646-424-9594 x218.

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