Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

Friends of Hollywood Cemetery is a 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 2007 in order to meet the cemetery's growing need for private philanthropy. Friends' primary goal is the restoration and conservation of monuments, sculptures, and ironwork within the cemetery. They handle development programs for the cemetery, community outreach efforts and cemetery events, including tours, picnics and guest speakers.

With the aid of conservation consultants, Friends of Hollywood has identified and ranked monuments and ornamentation most in need of repair and enhancement. The cemetery's current income and endowment, however, is not enough to cover all the care and conservation needed to preserve this historic site.

Hollywood depends on the generous support of donors in order to ensure the long-term care of the cemetery. These donations are essential to the preservation of this historic cemetery for future generations.


You can support the long-term care of Hollywood Cemetery through a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery that will go towards preservation and restoration projects, as well as educational programs. 

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Planned Giving

By joining The Legacy Society of Friends of Hollywood Cemetery, you can ensure the future of Hollywood for generations to come. Your estate gift will be set aside for days when Hollywood is no longer a working cemetery, but still frequently visited. 

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There are several volunteer opportunities available at Hollywood Cemetery. Visit our Events Calendar for details on future volunteer opportunities.

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Officers and Directors

  • Kelly Jones Wilbanks, Executive Director
  • Nancy B. Rowe, Development Associate
  • Edward M. Farley, IV - Chair
  • David L. Gilliam - Secretary
  • William R. Claiborne - Treasurer
  • Mary Lynn Bayliss, PhD
  • Elizabeth Rawles Cronly
  • Joseph R. Herbert
  • E. Bryson Powell
  • Elizabeth Wilkins Talley
  • Peter C. Toms

2019 Contributors to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

We are grateful to the following donors for their generous support of Friends in 2019.  You have enabled us to raise awareness of Hollywood and to continue vital monument and fence restoration.  Thank you for helping us to preserve Hollywood Cemetery for generations to come.

- Edward M. Farley, IV
Chair, Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

Corporations, Foundations and Organizations

  • Altria Matching Gifts Program
  • Anne Carter and Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation
  • Anne W. Taylor Trust
  • Carneal Drew Foundation
  • Carol S. Mraz Foundation
  • Cecil R. & Edna S. Hopkins Family Foundation
  • Chericoke Foundation
  • Colon Club of Richmond
  • E. B. Duff Charitable Lead
  • Elmwood Fund Inc
  • Estes Foundation
  • Gray Holdings, LLC
  • Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Herndon Foundation
  • Hollywood Cemetery Company
  • IBM Corporation Matching Gifts Program
  • Lakeside Animal Hospital
  • Mary Buford Best Dexter Trust
  • Mary Ratrie Wick Family Foundation
  • Mondelez International Foundation Matching Gift
  • Network for Good
  • Peachtree House Foundation
  • Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • River City Cemetarians
  • Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation
  • Spider Management Co., LLC
  • Strings Feature Film LLC
  • Sue W. Massie Charitable Trust
  • Susan and S. Buford Scott Endowment
  • The Camera Club of Richmond, Inc.
  • Tredegar Corporation Matching Gifts Program
  • Valentine Richmond History Center
  • Van Yahres Tree Company
  • Weier Family Foundation
  • Woodlake United Methodist Church