“There’s no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always.”
Edinburgh is a stunningly beautiful city that means so much to people around the world. Its World Heritage Site status reflects the city’s beauty, history, pace, culture – all the things that make people fall in love with it.
The steadfast shared heritage and history between Scotland and the United States is unique in the world. Millions of Americans have an affinity with Scotland’s kind people, abundant natural beauty, world-class cities, and long history. In the most recent US census, more than five million Americans claimed Scottish history, fostering an enduring cultural link between the two; over 630,000 Americans visit Scotland each year.
We at Edinburgh World Heritage have been working to keep the city we love special for more than 50 years by supporting the conservation of Edinburgh’s heritage, which is at the heart of our identity, wellbeing, economy, and environmental goals. To that end, we are passionate about deepening and strengthening the close historic bonds between Scotland and North America by ensuring that all who care about Edinburgh can play a significant part in its conservation today.
How to get involved
Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
By donating to Edinburgh World Heritage, you empower us to continue the vital work of looking after Edinburgh’s World Heritage by conserving and enhancing our beautiful city – ensuring that Edinburgh’s future is as bright as its past. Donations are tax-deductible for US donors through our partnership with the Chapel & York US Foundation.
Click here to learn more about our named donor ranks.
Become an International Friend of EWH
Our Friends’ support makes an important difference in helping us conserve and promote Edinburgh’s extraordinary Old and New Towns World Heritage Site. By becoming an International Friend of EWH you will help us do even more for the city and enjoy our annual programme of events (offered online and in person), receive exclusive International Friend reports, and join an international community of World Heritage champions for a full year.
Please note, this donation type is not tax deductible.
Stay connected with us
You can sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about all our events, projects, and activities.
Attend our events
See our city and its most famous buildings differently and meet the experts who make all the difference. We host events virtually and in person throughout the year
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Other ways you can help
There are many ways to be a part of Edinburgh’s story. Please get in contact to learn more about joining as a Friend, serving as an EWH ambassador, building a donation package, or to talk through any other exciting ideas you have.
Our work across the World Heritage Site could not happen without you. With the support of our Friends, we have:
- Delivered over 1500 projects, conserving buildings and enhancing Edinburgh’s public spaces
- Launched an innovative climate emergency grant fund, testing solutions to the impact of climate change on the city’s historic buildings
- Supported 187 tradespeople and apprentices of traditional skills and apprenticeships
- Shared stories of Edinburgh through our monthly events
If you would like to know more about the topic above, please contact us directly.