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.


Hollywood Cemetery is eligible to accept individual donations, as well as gifts from company-matching gift programs. When you donate to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery, your tax-deductible donation will go towards preservation and restoration projects in the cemetery, as well as several educational programs. Your generous support will ensure that countless visitors can continue to enjoy the stories, services and beauty of Hollywood Cemetery throughout the years to come.

There are three main areas in which your donation will be applied.


Time has taken its toll on many of the historic monuments, decorative ironwork, and natural landscape at Hollywood Cemetery. Descendants of many families are no longer around to care for their family monuments. Preserving these works of art is paramount to the history of Richmond.


The stories of Hollywood are what make the cemetery such a special place. Through extensive genealogy research and preservation, Friends of Hollywood Cemetery are making strides to build out our digital database with the burial records of each resident of Hollywood Cemetery.


As a national treasure, Hollywood Cemetery believes it is important to make its rich history available to visitors both near and far. Through the use of virtual tours and digital storytelling platforms, Hollywood is undertaking a huge digitization endeavor so people all around the world can experience the stories of Hollywood Cemetery.

Click the Donate button to make a donation to Hollywood Cemetery today! 

You may also donate via check. Please make your contributions to:
Friends of Hollywood Cemetery
412 South Cherry Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Annual Report

Thanks to the support of donors, Friends of Hollywood Cemetery is able to organize and complete numerous phases of restoration within the cemetery. Our annual report highlights the projects and achievements that have been accomplished due to the support and investment of individuals and organizations. 

Click the Annual Report button to see a recap of our most recent projects.

Annual Report


Friends of Hollywood Cemetery sends a biannual newsletter recapping their current projects and initiatives and featuring interesting stories of Hollywood Cemetery, its history, and famous notables. Click the button below to see the archive of past newsletters.

Newsletter Archive


There are several volunteer opportunities available at Hollywood Cemetery. Through volunteer work, the cemetery is able to preserve the unique landscape of Hollywood. For details on future volunteer opportunities, please visit our Events Calendar.

Officers and Directors

  • Kelly Jones Wilbanks, Executive Director
  • Nancy Shepherd, 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

2017 Contributors to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

We are grateful to the following donors for their generous support of Friends in 2017.  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
  • Bank of America Matching Gifts Program
  • Carneal Drew Foundation
  • Carol S. Mraz Foundation
  • Colon Club of Richmond
  • Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
  • Dominion Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Estes Foundation
  • First Travelers of First Baptist Church
  • Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Herndon Foundation
  • Hollywood Cemetery Company
  • IBM Corporation Matching Gifts Program
  • Marietta M. & Samuel T. Morgan, Jr. Trust
  • Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
  • Peachtree House Foundation
  • Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation
  • Spider Management Co., LLC
  • Stanley and Dorothy Pauley Charitable Trust
  • Sue W. Massie Charitable Trust
  • Susan and S. Buford Scott Endowment
  • The Heritage Rose Foundation
  • The Rock Foundation
  • The Ruth W. McDonough Trust
  • Thomas F. Jeffress Memorial, Inc.
  • Tredegar Corporation Matching Gifts Program
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Great Great Great Granddaughters Club
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Great Great Granddaughters Club
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Great Granddaughters Club
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Virginia Division
  • Valentine Richmond History Center
  • Van Yahres Tree Company
  • Varina High School
  • Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Foundation
  • Wiley H. & James C. Wheat, Jr. Foundation
  • Windsor Foundation Trust