Generations of Goodwill
Renewal & Resilience
Mission and Membership
The Silver Fern Society is a membership group for professionals and young adults who support the National AIDS Memorial in Golden Gate Park with generosity, goodwill, and growth opportunities for the Grove in its second 25 years.
The Society is governed by a National Advisory Board that reports to the Memorial’s Board of Directors. General membership is open to all and recipients of the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship are honorary lifetime members.
The Society’s programming themes focus on HIV/AIDS awareness, resilience, and social justice, so that the story of AIDS and the lessons of the epidemic will be valued and shape American society forever.
The silver fern (Cyathea dealbata) thrives in the National AIDS Memorial Grove, commonly found in the shadow of taller trees that protect it from exposure, providing shade, nutrients, and water. Its fronds grow from its core, upward.
The silver fern is the perfect symbol for renewal and resilience, as it is an ancient species that has withstood millennia of change.
The species also represents the Grove’s 25th silver anniversary as the Memorial embarks on the next chapter in its mission to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story is known by future generations.