C. Payson Coleman, Jr.

Michael C. Brooks

John R.H. Blum

Peter W. Davidson

Elizabeth Rohn Jeffe

Malcolm MacKay

J. Douglas Maxwell, Jr.

Scot Medbury

Hugh O’Kane, Jr.

Otis Pratt Pearsall

John R. Reese

Carla P. Shen

Sam Sifton

Allie Sweeney

Walter C. Teagle III

Earl D. Weiner

Samuel G. White

Denise Crimmins Clayton

Thomas C. Pryor

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Building a Cultural Landmark

The world has looked to New York and Brooklyn for vision and leadership in human endeavor for over 200 years. The potential for a historic urban cemetery to diversify its role in the life of a city is being chartered by Green-Wood’s innovations. Cemetery proceeds are available only for lot maintenance. All other programming is funded entirely by grants and donations.

Culture & Education

From musical programs to honey-making workshops; tree-pruning classes to art installations, Green-Wood turns learning into enlightenment.

Archives & History

Green-Wood’s historical holdings of artifacts and archives are a treasure trove for family researchers, genealogists, and New York historians alike.

Preservation & Restoration

Across its core feature categories of art, history, and nature, Green-Wood sustains a deep and abiding commitment to preservation and restoration.

Ambitious public programming and large-scale capital projects have raised the profile of Green-Wood as a premier cultural institution. Those with a passion for preserving our shared experience are taking notice.

Filmmaker Ken Burns at the 2016 DeWitt Clinton Award for Excellence event.

Funding at Work in 2016

Are you a Cultivator?

Just as our staff cultivates the grounds of Green-Wood, our contributors help cultivate Green-Wood’s commitment to innovation; bringing a thoroughly unique mix of art, history, and nature to the cultural life of the five boroughs and beyond.

Green-Wood cultivators are a special lot. They care about the character of Brooklyn, they’re fascinated by the history of New York, and they love the hidden treasures of the city.

They also know that their financial participation is what sustains the enchantment of Green-Wood, and keeps the diversity of our community experience alive.

K-12 students welcomed for educational and storytelling tours
Attendees for the 240th anniversary event of The Battle of Brooklyn
Bees that make Sweet Hereafter honey and help Brooklyn’s ecology
Programs incl. Gangland New York and A Night at Niblo’s Garden
Visitors from 35 states and dozens of countries from around the world
Cubic feet of archival records processed, preserved, and digitized
Genealogy seekers provided with family records & documents
New books featuring permanent residents in baseball & the Civil War
Honored U.S. veterans at our 18th annual free Memorial Day concert

Green-Wood members and donors support art, history, nature, culture and community all at once. That’s a big bang for a Brooklyn buck.

InterSchool Orchestras Music Director Brian Worsdale, Green-Wood president Richard Moylan, and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, with Green-Wood trustee and Brooklyn Botanic Garden president, Scot Medbury

Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward

The 2016 DeWitt Clinton Award for Excellence

Seven-time Emmy award-winning documentary scriptwriter, historian, and author, Geoffrey Ward, received The 2016 DeWitt Clinton Award for Excellence. Alongside his collaborator Ken Burns, Mr. Ward is responsible for some of the most iconic documentaries of all time, including The Civil War; Baseball; Prohibition; The Statue of Liberty; and The War.

Mr. Ward is a great friend of Green-Wood. Included among his 17 books is the critically acclaimed “A Disposition to Be Rich: Ferdinand Ward, the Greatest Swindler of the Gilded Age,” about his own scandalous great-grandfather, who lies in permanent rest in Green-Wood.

Previous Recipients

2008: Debby Applegate

2009: Otis and Nancy Pearsall

2010: Betsy Barlow Rogers

2011: Pete Hamill

2012: Nicholas Quennell

2013: Marty Markowitz, Terence Winter

2014: Earl D. and Gina Ingoglia Weiner

2015: Malcolm MacKay, John Turturro

There’s a membership tier for every budget and interest level, from the dabbling donor to the passionate patron.

Member Tiers

$50 – $500

Each tier expands privileges, and all members get maps & guides, reduced or free event admission, plus GW store & area business discounts.

Patrons Circle

$1,000 – $5,000+

Premium donors can add Epoch Dinners, private receptions with artists and historians, vintage bike rides, and more to their membership package.

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