Preservation & Beyond
For over half a century, World Monuments Fund has led the way in conserving the world's irreplaceable treasures — architectural and cultural sites that span the history of human civilization.
Saving Our Cultural Heritage
The stories sites tell are universal. The dangers they face are immense. The cultural treasures that have been entrusted to us are under constant attack by time, neglect, natural forces, and human actions. Preserving this heritage has—from the beginning—been the overriding mission of World Monuments Fund, as we work with local partners around the globe to provide financial and technical support for preservation, restoration, and long-term stewardship.
While saving these sites for future generations is our immediate task, our vision extends well beyond repair and restoration.
Making a Difference
We would not be able to accomplish our work without the involvement of a dedicated global community of people who care about cultural heritage. Through the support of the Friends, WMF is empowered to work with local communities to sustain their heritage, to act as an advocate for endangered sites, and to train craftspeople to enable sustainable heritage solutions. Nearly 80 percent of our revenue goes directly toward preservation projects, fieldwork, advocacy, and educational programs, so the Friends of WMF are true partners in our efforts to preserve the world’s heritage.