New Bedford Whaling Museum Receives $1.8 Million for Educational Center, Library

The has announced a $1.8 million gift from the Jacobs Family Donor Advised Fund of the to fund construction of a new educational center and research library.

The gift from Irwin Jacobs, founding chair and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm, and his wife, Joan, is the largest in the museum's history and will enable construction of the building to begin in 2014. When finished, the building will quadruple the classroom space available to the museum; house archives and collections comprising 750,000 objects and items; and bring together the museum's research functions, staff, and volunteers, many of whom occupy a research library located four blocks away.

To date, the museum has raised a total of $8.26 million toward its $10 million capital campaign goal — $5 million for construction of the new building and upgrades to existing infrastructure, and $5 million for its endowment.

"Trustees are euphoric because of the magnitude, generosity and timeliness of this gift," said museum board chair Armand Fernandes, Jr. "It is the largest single gift in the history of the organization. Because of their extraordinary support, we have reached 80 percent of the construction goal, enabling a 'green light' for construction and groundbreaking in 2014. Our debt of gratitude to the Jacobses is matched only in scale by our sense of responsibility to the community."

"." New Bedford Whaling Museum Press Release 07/08/2013.