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National Museum of Women in the Arts Receives Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating

Dec 02 2009

For the second year in a row, Charity Navigator, America’s foremost independent charity evaluator, awarded the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) a 4-star rating, the highest rating available, for sound fiscal management.

Charity Navigator evaluates the financial health of America’s largest non-profit organizations in order to promote responsible charitable giving. The ratings are based on the organizational efficiency and the organizational capacity of the charity. Organizational efficiency refers to the day to day functions of the charity, such as effective spending and fundraising, while organizational capacity refers to the charity’s potential for growth and continued success. A four out of a possible four star rating signifies the organization exceeds industry standards and surpasses other charities in these areas of financial health.

“We are proud to have received this prestigious rating from Charity Navigator,” states NMWA director Susan Fisher Sterling. “The museum has achieved the highest standards of excellence in the financial field and we will continue to do so in the future.”

The award of Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating indicates the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ excellence in the effective and efficient management of their finances.


About NMWA
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. Founded as a private, not-for-profit organization by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay in 1981 and opened in 1987, the museum honors women artists of the past, promotes the accomplishments of women artists of the present, and assures the place of women artists in the future. The permanent collection features 3,000 works from the 16th-century to the present created by more than 800 artists, including Lavinia Fontana, Lilla Cabot Perry, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Louise Nevelson, and Chakaia Booker along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC in a landmark building just blocks from the White House. It is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit

National Museum of Women in the Arts