International Council

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Saving Places, Empowering People

The International Council is a prestigious circle of philanthropists and heritage enthusiasts from around the world who receive unparalleled access to our conservators, staff, sites, programs, and archives, and help us chart our global strategy. Members are leaders in their communities and share a commitment to preserving beauty, meaning, and cultural heritage in all its forms.

Starting in 2020, an annual meeting of the Council will be held in either New York or London where WMF leadership and senior specialists present an overview of current sites and preview upcoming sites. Members gain an insider’s perspective on WMF projects and programs and are encouraged to participate in the conversation and help offer solutions.

International Council Members serve as global ambassadors for World Monuments Fund and its mission and are eligible to travel with WMF’s CEO and conservation experts through our exclusive travel program, Monumental Journeys. Past trips have included a private dinner under the stars at Angkor in Cambodia, with the temple complex dramatically lit just for us, private dinners hosted in the homes of our international supporters, access to heritage that are normally off-limits to the public with WMF specialists, meetings with leading architects and cultural and political figures, as well as luxury accommodations, and the finest local cuisine.

Additional Benefits of International Council Membership Include:

  • Member: $5,000
  • Champion Member: $10,000 (all benefits above, plus)
  • Leadership Member: $25,000 (all benefits above, plus)*
  • Project Partner: $125,000 (all benefits above, plus)*
  • Visionary Partner: $500,000 and above (all benefits above, plus)*
  • Invitations to special celebrations for completed WMF projects across the globe
  • Invitations to WMF-hosted special events, such as the biennial World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize awards ceremony and lecture, the annual Paul Mellon Lecture and reception, and our ongoing Reports from the Field presentations
  • Custom travel itineraries provided by experts at select WMF sites around the world, upon request
  • Recognition in the annual Watch magazine
  • Custom travel itineraries and introductions to our conservation experts at WMF sites around the world, upon request
  • Invitation for two to join WMF Trustees at VIP Dinners following WMF-hosted events such as the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize awards ceremony and lecture and the annual Paul Mellon Lecture and reception
  • Two complimentary Patron Tickets to WMF’s annual Hadrian Gala where hundreds of visionaries in the arts, heritage conservation, historic preservation, fashion, and philanthropy gather for an evening at the Rockefeller Center Rainbow Room in New York City to honor outstanding leadership in international preservation (a $10,000 value)
  • Invitation for two to the Patron’s Reception, held in conjunction with the Hadrian Gala
  • Opportunities throughout the year to attend all WMF Trustee events

*All but $550 of a gift at this level is fully tax-deductible in the United States. Or you may choose to waive the Hadrian gala tickets benefit for a fully tax-deductible gift.

  • Exclusive opportunity to make a transformative gift to a select WMF project site of your choice; the WMF Watch Investment Fund, which offers catalytic seed funding for sites on the 2020 Watch list; the WMF Modernism at Risk Fund; the WMF Jewish Heritage Program Fund; or the WMF Crisis Response Fund, which deploys resources to heritage sites struck by disaster

*All but $550 of a gift at this level is fully tax-deductible in the United States. Or you may choose to waive the Hadrian gala tickets benefit for a fully tax-deductible gift.

  • Partner with us as lead sponsor of conservation project of your choice in line with WMF’s mission, or a new or existing WMF project. This is an opportunity to have the ultimate insider look at every different phase of a large-scale conservation project and its impact on the surrounding community. To explore this possibility further, please contact WMF’s CEO Bénédicte de Montlaur at bdemontlaur@wmf.org or +1 646-424-9594

*All but $550 of a gift at this level is fully tax-deductible in the United States. Or you may choose to waive the Hadrian gala tickets benefit for a fully tax-deductible gift.

For more information about making a major gift, please contact Jessica Glaser at jglaser@wmf.org, or 646-424-9594 x218.