WHALE’s Board of Directors adopted an ambitious new strategic plan. The plan is intended to chart the organization’s course for the foreseeable future.
WHALE benefits from the generous grants from The 1772 Foundation, Island Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Schrafft Foundation.
Since 1962, WHALE envisions New Bedford as a vibrant seaport community where the historic and architectural heritage of its diverse peoples is celebrated, preserved, and continually used to enhance the city’s economic and civic vitality for the benefit of all residents of the South Coast.
To advance this vision, WHALE has adopted a multi-faceted approach. “It is absolutely critical that we accelerate the pace of historic preservation activity in New Bedford,” noted Derek Santos, who chaired the 8-member Strategic Plan Committee. “We will continue to rescue endangered historic properties and work to grow our capital resources for preservation projects,” he said. “But, we will also help private owners of historic properties be the best stewards possible of their buildings, through education, training and connections to resources. We will forge even stronger partnerships with the City of New Bedford and others to create preservation-friendly policies and programs, and we will advocate for historic preservation everywhere in the city. Lastly, we will communicate broadly about historic preservation, and why it matters to our city and our region.”