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Accountability means a lot at the Museum of Us. It means a commitment to transparency and truth-telling, and it's always paired with action. While it is our goal to embed accountability into all of the work we do, our annual reports and initiatives outline how we put theory and words into action.

Accountability Reports

Our Accountability Reports are comprehensive recaps of the Museum’s programs and initiatives. Released annually, these reports speak to our commitments to equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and our decolonizing initiatives. They are meant to help answer two simple questions: (1) How are we doing as an organization?, and (2) How can we do better as an organization?

These reports also feature an annual “Gratitude List.” Our team’s work simply could not happen without the support of an enormous community – individuals and organizations that support us as thought partners, financial supporters, community representatives, and more.

Cover of the 2021-2022 Accountability Report featuring an image of Balboa Park with orange silhouettes of people in the foreground and the California Tower in the background.

2021-2022 Accountability Report

Read and download the full 2021-2022 Accountability Report.

2021-2022 Gratitude List

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Greg Adams and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution

Marianne Adams

Khalid Alexander

Ama Cacao

Dr. Theresa Ambo*

Anonymous

Anonymous, In Memory of Robert Romeri

Aline Comenale Arnaldo

Association of Registrars and Collections Stewards (ARCS)

Association of Tribal Archives Libraries and Museums

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Avila Fund

Ethan Banegas

Dr. David Barillas Chon

Howard and Jean Baumann

Karen and Wolfgang Berger

Bernstein & Associates

Beyster Family Foundation Fund IV at The San Diego Foundation

Charlotte Soeters Bird

Scott Borowik, Dimensional Signs and Graphics

California Endowment

Mary Caffery & Martin Stein Family Fund at Fidelity Charitable

Derrick Cartwright and the University of San Diego

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Dr. Gloria E. Chacón

Marnie Cheney*

Kurt* and Betsy Chilcott

Sylvia Carr

Casemi Childress

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Clear Sky Wealth Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable, In Honor of Anne and Randy Benge

Cultura

Stewart and Konnie Dadmun, In Memory of Charles A. Bird

Gustavo Damian Danemann Soto

Zachary Davis

Dentons

Mariano* & Ruby Diaz

Mark Dillon*

Alexis Dixon*

Georgia Dutro and Dennis Shields

Stephen and Cynthia Dyer, In Memory of Charles A. Bird

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Bernard J. Eggertsen

ENRICH Cultural Institutions Network

Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund at The San Diego Foundation, at the recommendation of Janie DeCelles

Rockette Richardson Ewell* & Robbi Ewell

*Fiscal Year 2022 Museum of Us Trustee

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Paige Faulkner

Favrot Fund

Willis & Jane Fletcher Designated Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Rebecca Friedman

Serena and Neal Friedman

Cyndi* & Will Fuller

Dulce Garcia

Joyce Gattas

Nancy Giberson

Patrick Giblin

Russell Ginns and Beverly DiGregorio

Patrick and Allison Goddard

The Kimberly Godwin Charitable Gift Fund, In Memorial of Joel Gerber, In Honor of Micah Parzen and Staff

Sarah Goltz*

google.org

Ivy Gordon

Jeffrey Gorham

Barry and Jennifer Greenberg

Anna Grofik

Caroline Gut

Stewart and Emily Halpern Charitable Fund at Fidelity Charitable

Rachal Hamilton

Dana Harrel* and Daniel Roemer

Elwyn Heller Foundation of San Diego

Dr. Daniel Hernandez

Hervey Family Non-endownment Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Indigenous Collections Care Guide Working Group

Institute of Museums & Library Services, Community Driven Reimagining of the "Race: Are We So Different?" Exhibit and Programming - MA-249265-OMS-21

Institute of Museums & Library Services, Creating Authentic Content through Community Collaboration - MA-245348-OMS-20

Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

Gary Jacobson and Martha Blake-Jacobson

Nora* & Sarah Jaffe

Thomas and Jennifer Janes

Rizzhel Javier

Hadeel Jawad

Gordon Johns

Andrew Jolivette

*Fiscal Year 2022 Museum of Us Trustee

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Basil Katz* & Alexa Karolinski

Charles Kaufman

Lori King

Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee

Kumeyaay Historic Preservation Council

All Bands of the Kumeyaay Nation

Theresa Lambert

John Leslie and Joanne Higgins Leslie, In Memory of Charles A. Bird

Robert F. Lewis Memorial Book Fund for the Museum of Man at The San Diego Foundation

Vicki Lindblade

Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz

Dr. Floridalma Boj Lopez

Dr. Tom Maddox and Randy Clark, In Honor of Nora Jaffe

MAKE Projects

Jackie and Charlie Mann Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

Stephen Marsh, In Memory of Charles A. Bird

William Mayer*

Geraldine and Linda McAllister, In Memory of Adare McAllister

Christa McReynolds Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Meurk Family Charitable Fund

Margaret and Paul Meyer

Russell James Miller Memorial Fund - JH Johnson Foundation at The San Diego Foundation

Alessandra Moctezuma

Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Foundation, at the recommendation of Marnie Cheney

San Diego Museum of Man Endowment Fund at The San Diego Foundation (2)

Eric Mustonen and Amee Wood

Network For Good

Nissan Foundation

Erma & Farley O'Brien Discretionary Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Melanie O’Brien and the National NAGPRA staff

Optika Moderna

Kristie Orosco (San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians)

Ileana Ovalle*

*Fiscal Year 2022 Museum of Us Trustee

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The Pacific View Foundation

Paru Tea

Veronica Pasfield (Bay Mills Indian Community)

Patrons of the Prado

Paul and Dottie Foundation at the DuPage Foundation

All bands of the Payómkawichum Nation

Andrew Peterson and Carla Martinez

James and Frances Peterson

Desiree and Jerry Pickert

Mica Pollock

James and Cathy Potter

Pratt Memorial Fund

The Conrad Prebys Foundation

Allison and Robert Price Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation

Price Philanthropies Foundation

Price Philanthropies Foundation, School in the Park

Alberto Pulido

Racing Magpie

George Ramirez*

Raytheon Technologies

Richard Rico

Alec Riendeau, In Honor of Christy Billings and John Vance

Nancy Robertson and Mark Cookingham

Barbara Rosen and Robert Fahey

Joseph Allen Ruanto-Ramirez

Karina Salgado

The City of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture

The San Diego Foundation

San Diego Leadership Alliance

The City of San Diego, Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund

Team at School in the Park

Mark and Ulrika Schumacher

Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation

Ricky Shabazz*

Rockwell Shah* & Morgan Wylder

Anna Shepherd, In Honor of Ileana Ovalle

Sheppard Mullin

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

Alicia María Siu

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Evelyn Soto

South African Museums Association

Alex Southard and Kelly Bray

The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

Kenneth and Linda Sumner

Melvin Allen Sweet

Donald and Karen Tartre

Ann Thanos, In Honor of Nicholas Fintzelberg

Aqiyla Thomas

Chris and Megan Thomas*

Eva Trujillo*

Samuel Tsoi

U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, NAGPRA Consultation Grant: Continued Review of Cultural Resources in partnership with Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee - P20AP00267

U.S. Bank Foundation

Chris Vito

Ellen Waddell* & Rick Batt

Liat Wexler

Philip & Ann White*

Museum of Man - Guilford Whitney Library Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Emily Young* & Serge Dedina

The Dedina Young Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation

*Fiscal Year 2022 Museum of Us Trustee

In Loving Memory 2021-2022

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Charles A. Bird

We’ve done our best to compile this list as accurately as possible. If you see a mistake or omission, please send your feedback to: development@museumofus.org

2020-2021 Accountability Report & Gratitude List

Read and download the full 2020-2021 Accountability Report, and view the gratitude list below:

2020-2021 Gratitude List

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K. Andrew Achterkirchen

Dr. Theresa Ambo and the University of California, San Diego

Anonymous

Kirsten Asuncion

Avila Fund

Johanna & Johnny Aylsworth

Dana Baxter

Lauren Beaudry

Matthew Bentrano

Karen Berger

Jenne Bergstrom

Beyster Family Foundation Fund IV at The San Diego Foundation

Charles Bird & Charlotte Soeters Bird

Chris Bleshenski

Kaci Brown

Marjorie Burchett

California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development – California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Preston Cavignac

Marnie Cheney*

The Chickasaw Nation

Kurt* & Betsy Chilcott

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Jean Colarusso

Sarah Conner

Joan Cudhea & Tomas Firle

Dr. Stewart & Konnie Dadmun

Sarah Dawe & Ryan Karlsgodt

Mariano* & Ruby Diaz

Mark Dillon* & Nancy Jamison

Alexis Dixon*

Nicole Doherty

Scott Duffy

Georgia Dutro & Dr. Dennis Shields

Dr. Bernard Eggertsen & Florence Nemkov

Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund at The San Diego Foundation at the recommendation of Janie DeCelles

Rockette Richardson Ewell* & Robbi Ewell

Anne Farrell

Paige Faulkner

Favrot Fund

Willis & Jane Fletcher Designated Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation

Cyndi* & Will Fuller

Elaine Galinson

Ben Garcia & Scott Fabianek

Dr. Joyce Gattas

Mary Jane Gentile

Dr. Nancy Giberson

Patrick Giblin

Tom Gildred

Russell Ginns

Kimberly Godwin

Dr. Glenn & Barbara Goltz

Sarah Goltz*

google.org

Ivy Gordon

Jennifer Greenberg & Barry Greenberg

Anna Grofik

Stewart & Emily Halpern

Dana Harrel*

Jennifer Harris

Anne Haule

Emily Hawkes

Elwyn Heller Foundation of San Diego

Hervey Family Non-endownment Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Himdag Ki, Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum

Donald Howells & Denise Carabet

Valentine & Nancy Hoy

Indigenous Collections Care Working Group

Institute of Museum & Library Services

Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

Gary Jacobson & Martha Blake-Jacobson

Nora* & Sarah Jaffe

Gordon Johns

Basil Katz* & Alexa Karolinski

Charles Kaufman

Trudi & Faud Khorsandian

Aline Stouse Koppel

Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee

Kumeyaay Historic Preservation Council

All bands of the Kumeyaay Nation

Theresa Lambert

The Lenca Nation

Robert & Bernadette Levy

Persephone Lewis and the University of San Diego

Robert F. Lewis Memorial Book Fund for the Museum of Man at The San Diego Foundation

Kris Light

Vicki Lindblade

Taino Lopez

Christopher Loughridge & Cindi Helsel

Dr. Tom Maddox & Randy Clark

Jackie and Charlie Mann

William Mayer*

Geraldine & Linda McAllister

Christa McReynolds Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Paul & Dr. Margaret Meyer

Anne Middleton

Russell James Miller Memorial Fund – JH Johnson Foundation at The San Diego Foundation

Marilyn Minton

Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Foundation at the recommendation of Marnie Cheney

David & Jan Mullin

Vanessa Muros

Museum of Man Guilford Whitney Library Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Dr. Eric Mustonen & Amelia Wood

Nissan Foundation

Nordson Corporation Foundation

Erma & Farley O’Brien Discretionary Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Micki Olin

Optika Moderna

Ileana Ovalle*

The Pacific View Foundation

The Parker Foundation

Patrons of the Prado

All bands of the Payómkawichum Nation

John Pendleton

Patti Perez*

Desiree Pickert & Jerry Pickert

Jack Pipkin & Nancy Herzfeld-Pipkin

Pratt Memorial Fund

Allison & Robert Price Family Foundation

Price Philanthropies Foundation

George Ramirez*

Regina Juan Family (Tohono O’odham Nation)

ResMed Foundation

Jacqueline Richardson

Dr. Ida Rigby & John Sturla

Nancy Robertson & Mark Cookingham

Dr. Barbara Rosen & Dr. Robert Fahey

Arthur Rossiter

Jarrod Russell*

City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture

San Diego Arts & Culture Challenge Fund at The San Diego Foundation

San Diego Museum of Man Endowment Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Jerry & Keiko Schneider

Dr. Mark & Dr. Ulrika Schumacher

Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation

The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

Ricky Shabazz*

Rockwell Shah* & Morgan Wylder

Dr. Susan Shurin

Anne Steinberger

Kenneth & Linda Sumner

Donald & Karen Tartre

Timmstrom Family Fund

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation

U.S. Bank Foundation

U.S. Department of Interior – Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

U.S. Small Business Administration

Ellen Waddell* & Rick Batt

Steven Wall & Franne Ficara

Sarah White & David Gray

Frances White

Philip White*

Emily Young*

*Fiscal Year 2021 Museum of Us Trustee

In Loving Memory 2020-2021

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Larry Baza*

Nancy Jamison

The millions of individuals worldwide who lost their lives to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

*Fiscal Year 2021 Museum of Us Trustee

Archived Annual Reports

Prior to our "Accountability Reports," the Museum published annual and bi-annual reports that shared noteworthy accomplishments over the years. View or download recent annual reports below:

2014 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2016-2017 Annual Report

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Financial Reports

The Museum of Us, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is proud to have received six consecutive 4-star ratings by Charity Navigator. The largest and most-utilized nonprofit evaluator in the United States Charity Navigator is used to evaluate the financial health, accountability, and transparency of charities and nonprofit organizations.

A 4-star rating is Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating, and only 11% of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least six consecutive 4-star evaluations; indicating that the Museum of Us not only adheres to the best practices of our sector, but exceeds industry standards as well.

Find more information, financial reports, and 990 forms (annual reporting returns that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS) below.

Sustainability Initiatives

We believe in creating healthy communities and environments for all. Our staff works hard to prioritize sustainability throughout Museum operations – and we have the awards to prove it!

LEED® Certification in 2016

In 2016, the Museum was awarded the LEED Gold® certification by the Green Building Certification Institute, the certifying body of the U.S. Green Building Council®, making us the highest ranked LEED-certified building in Balboa Park at the time. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operations of high-performance green buildings.

Our LEED Gold certification includes three historic structures: the California Building/Quadrangle, which houses our main museum galleries; the Irving J. Gill Administration Building, which houses staff offices; and the California Tower.

Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Museum Sustainability

In 2018, the Museum was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Museum Sustainability by the California Association of Museums and the California Natural Resources Agency for our “Every Action Matters” initiative started in 2017. This internal program focused on employee engagement at every level of the organization, and emphasized major goals that are accomplished via small steps by individuals. Our staff developed an Energy Audit Team and took steps such as installing energy monitoring systems, turning off lights when they’re not in use, providing paper straws in the break room, and canceling bottled water delivery services in favor of a new water filtration system. Additionally, 38% of our staff committed to using alternative forms of transportation to get to work, rather than driving a car, from January 2018 to December 2018.