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“Not all things of value can be measured, and not all things which can be measured are of value.” —attributed to Albert Einstein

Since its founding in 1978, the Friends has continued to evolve, from a handful of cemetery enthusiasts offering one public tour a year into a 550-member organization with an exceptional board and dedicated staff of strong leaders. While the 2020 global pandemic has introduced a new set of challenges, the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries continue to carry forth their mission of preserving, protecting and promoting our cemeteries with creativity and fortitude.

The past several weeks have posed unprecedented challenges to our community and to people around the nation and the world. Like other cultural organizations, the Friends’ spring programming has been disrupted by COVID-19. But as a nimble organization, we have pivoted, transforming some activities into virtual experiences and rescheduling others to a later date. We are offering informative podcasts, blog posts and even some retail therapy through our online gift shop. Perhaps most importantly, the beautiful grounds of our cemeteries remain open to the public, welcoming everyone to connect to nature and help buffer the anxiety we are all facing.

Throughout this chaotic time, we remain optimistic. People need to connect with nature, with their ancestors, with history, and with each other. While we know it’s impossible to put a monetary value on the benefits of the Friends, more than ever, we need your support and hope you will consider contributing today.

Your support has never been more meaningful. Thank you so much.

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Please also consider that the stimulus package passed as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides incentives for donors to continue to be philanthropic despite these uncertain times. For those who do not itemize, the Act allows an above-the-line charitable deduction of up to $300 if you make a cash contribution in 2020. There are also favorable provisions to individuals and corporate donors wishing to make larger gifts this year. We encourage you to speak with a professional accountant or attorney for details on how to take advantage of these provisions.