Nestled in the National AIDS Memorial Grove’s Dogwood Crescent, the Circle of Friends is considered the “Heart of the National AIDS Memorial.” Made of beige Minnesota flagstone, it is engraved with over 2,500 names of individuals touched by AIDS, including those who have died; those who loved them; and donors to the National AIDS Memorial.

By engraving a name, you tell the world that this global tragedy, the countless lives touched by AIDS and their stories will not be forgotten. Moreover, your contribution will help maintain the National AIDS Memorial’s health and beauty in perpetuity.  

HOW To Have a Name Engraved in the Circle of FRIENDS

A completed donation of $1,000.00 allows you to engrave one name in the Circle of Friends.

The engraving order deadline this year is October 10, 2022.
Engravings will take place in advance of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2022.

To order an engraving, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Circle of Friends Engravings donation page
  2. 'Engraving Donation Amount' section — select the correct amount
  3. 'Engraving Confirmation and Names' section — confirm you want to engrave names and provide the name(s) exactly as you want them engraved: 
    • individual names are separated by comma
    • names engraved together are separated by an '&'
    • names are limited to 20 characters each
  4. Complete the  donation process
  5. Please contact Steve Sagaser at if you need assistance

What to expect next:

Notification of your order will be immediately sent to the National AIDS Memorial’s offices, and we will contact you should we have any questions related to your order.

“Thousands of people have died in San Francisco, millions in the world. The point of the National AIDS Memorial Grove is to remember them, one at a time.”

       – Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi

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A member of the National AIDS Memorial team would welcome the opportunity to meet in the Grove to
answer any questions, which allows an interested donor the opportunity to view the various hardscape
features, and available locations for placement. Get in touch