New Bedford Whaling Museum earns top nonprofit rating

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum has earned the premier 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, one of the nation’s top charity evaluators. In a letter to museum president and CEO, James Russell, Charity Navigator chair John P. Dugan wrote the “Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum outperforms most other charities in America… This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates (the museum) from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Rating is based on sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

James Russell noted “The museum trustees together with the excellent work of CFO Michelle Taylor and her staff constantly aim to achieve the highest operating standards in all areas of the institution. This rating is evidence of their diligence and confirms the confidence of donors that their financial support will be maximized and acknowledged in the many educational and cultural programs, which the New Bedford Whaling Museum has for generations engaged the community.”


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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open on Holiday Mondays. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  For more information, visit