Save and Preserve the California Missions

Why the Missions Need Your Help

Most of the 21 California Missions are owned and operated by the Catholic Church. They do not received state or federal funding.  The missions depend on private support for their maintenance and preservation.

These historic structures need extensive preservation work, including retrofits to meet California earthquake standards, repairing flood and water damage, roof replacements, handicap accessibility, and more.

Help Save the California Missions

You can support the missions by contacting and donating to the following organizations:

San Antonio de Padua

Mission San Antonio de Padua is in desperate need of building upgrades to meet modern earthquake standards, thereby increasing safety and guaranteeing the mission will remain a sacred space for future generations. Without adequate funding for proper retrofitting, the historic mission faces certain closure, a tragic loss for California.  Thank you for visiting our website.  Please explore to learn more about our non-profit group and the effort to save the beautiful Mission San Antonio.

San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo

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 Río Carmelo) located in Carmel, California.  We enjoy this historic treasure today thanks to the preservation efforts of those who have gone before us. By helping to save the Carmel Mission, you are preserving the roots of California history.

San Juan Bautista

The purpose of the formation of the Mission San Juan Bautista Preservation Fund is to strengthen, preserve and conserve the architectural and structural integrity of the historical property and the artifacts of the Mission San Juan Bautista in San Juan Bautista, California. This historic Mission is an icon for the City of San Juan Bautista, the State of California, and is designated California Historic Landmark 195. The outcome of the work of the Fund is the strengthening, preservation and conservation of the structure and the Mission experience for future generations to enjoy as a part of the rich history of the Mission Period and its place in California history.

San Juan Capistrano

There is much to be done in order to preserve Mission San Juan Capistrano. Net revenues are raised from Mission hosted corporate events and special events are directed toward preservation. Membership dues derived from the Preservation Society are directed toward much-needed repair and conservation. However, these programs are not enough to save the Mission. Donations and gifts from supporters are integral to realizing the dream of a more authentic, historically accurate, and a continued legacy for California’s “Jewel of the Missions” – Mission San Juan Capistrano.

San Miguel Arcángel

Saving the Irreplaceable is a landmark campaign started to secure critically needed funds to strengthen and retrofit the mission complex. The campaign’s success will ensure that the Mission San Miguel remains a jewel of California’s past, a living center of historical and cultural education, and a revered place of worship for generations to come.

Helping Other Missions

California Missions Foundation

The California Missions Foundation welcomes individual, foundation and corporate donations, as well as honoraria and memorial tributes. Contributors can also provide for the Foundation in their estate planning.

Your contributions will support a variety of restoration and preservation projects at all 21 missions, but donations can also be earmarked for particular projects or specific missions.

You can also contact your favorite missions directly to find out how you can support their restoration and preservation efforts.