Carmel Mission Foundation, Inc.


The Carmel Mission Foundation, Inc. was formed in 2008 to fund the restoration and preservation of the historic properties and artifacts of the Carmel Mission (Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Rio Carmelo) located in Carmel, California. The Mission is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, a California State Landmark, and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. It is a significant part of California’s heritage.

The Foundation’s focus covers four broad areas:
  • To restore and preserve the architectural integrity of the historic physical structures
  • To foster restoration of the Spanish-Colonial arts and artifacts dating from the 16th Century
  • To support historical and artistic exhibits
  • To promote an understanding of the historical importance of the California mission system

    To date, the Foundation has raised over $6 million in support of the Carmel Mission restoration. The first phase of this restoration was completed in June 2013 with the seismic retrofit and restoration of the Basilica. The next phase will address the various museums in the Carmel Mission complex. Long-term, it is the Foundation’s objective to develop the financial resources to complete the restoration of all historical structures, art, and artifacts of the Carmel Mission and to establish reserves to allow for their preservation into perpetuity.