2020 Annual Report

Cover of 2020 Annual Report


A note from David J. O'Neill, President:

The value and beauty of nature was on full display in 2020. As the global pandemic closed doors, more people than ever sought refuge outdoors, witnessing firsthand nature’s healing powers.

Mass Audubon responded to this extraordinary time with passion, creativity, adaptability, and a singular focus on delivering on our mission, which has never been more important. When you read this year’s Annual Report you will see the results of the hard work of our staff, our 14,000 volunteers, our Council and Board of Directors, and our supporters.

All of you helped us to navigate these tricky waters, providing extraordinary gifts of wealth and wisdom and supporting our day-to-day work. Sadly, we had to make difficult decisions, but we did so with compassion and a clear-eyed focus on being stronger in the future.

As I head into my first full year as president, I am convinced that together we can accomplish anything. It is with this conviction that I am intent on driving more conservation impact, more equitable access, and more meaningful engagement with nature through an exciting new Action Agenda.

I am deeply honored to lead this wonderful organization and I look forward to working with you to protect the nature of Massachusetts for wildlife and all people.

A note from Beth Kressley Goldstein, Chair, Board of Directors:

This year has underscored for me that Mass Audubon is as resilient as the nature that we work together to protect. We confronted very hard decisions, we innovated, we drew on our financial strength and careful stewardship of our assets, and we were lifted by our members, partners, and volunteers who sustain and support us. And, we have witnessed a renewed engagement with nature, which has restored and sustained us all.

A highlight of the year was welcoming David O’Neill as our president. Under his visionary leadership—and as we reach our 125th anniversary—we can look to the future with the confidence that we will take on the challenges and respond to the opportunities ahead.

Thank you for being part of this journey.