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.

Explore Our Projects

While saving these sites for future generations is our immediate task, our vision extends well beyond repair and restoration.

Responding to the Unexpected

Earthquakes. Floods. Wars and revolutions. Whether natural or man-made, disasters cannot be predicted or foreseen. But once they occur, WMF is prepared to respond quickly and decisively to assess damage, undertake emergency conservation, and help develop plans for recovery.

Generating Awareness, Inspiring Action

As much as WMF has accomplished, more remains to be done, so we act as the voice of vigilance for sites around the world. To enlist public support in working toward this shared goal, WMF advocacy programs—such as World Monuments Watch—raise awareness of the importance of heritage preservation and the threats faced by sites.

Fostering Sustainable Communities

We work with communities to build the economic, technical, and governmental infrastructures necessary to protect and preserve sites well into the future. When local resources are lacking, we assemble teams of international specialists to conduct pilot projects, develop training programs, and plan for the long-term stewardship of sites.

Sharing Knowledge, Teaching Skills

As with heritage sites, many of the skills that helped create them are also in need of preservation. There is a widespread—and growing—need for craftspeople and professionals who can both revive lost arts and apply modern methods, so we incorporate training programs into many of our field projects.

Mughal Gardens of Agra

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.