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Civil War Trust

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Address:

1156 15th Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission:

Our Mission: Preservation of America's Civil War battlefields by protecting the land and educating the public about the vital roles those battlefields played in directing the course of our nation's history.

Results:

Over 41,000 acres saved to date!

Target demographics:

all Americans

Geographic areas served:

Nationwide

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The mission of the Civil War Trust: The preservation of America’s significant Civil War battlefields by protecting the land, and educating the public about the vital roles those battlefields played in directing the course of our nation’s history. The Civil War Trust is the only national charitable organization in the country working to preserve historic land where the Civil War was fought. The Civil War Trust and its predecessor organizations have been saving land since 1987; in total we have saved over 41,000 acres of land. In addition to saving hallowed ground, we also believe that there is a great need to educate the public about the importance of the Civil War. We are dedicated to interpreting the War and its significant battles, and do so for teachers, students, and the public through technological resources and innovative methods such as our state-of-the-art website and Battle Apps®.

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The Civil War Trust is the gold standard by which I gauge my contributions to all other non-profit organizations. The CWT inspires me far more than any other group because of its unparalleled leadership, financial integrity, outreach, and impact in protecting and preserving our Civil War history in perpetuity. About ten years ago, my life-long fascination with Civil War lore was suddenly boosted by discovery in an elderly relative’s attic near Rochester, New York of nearly a dozen well-written letters in their original stamped envelopes from late 1861 to late 1862—mailed separately from various sites in northern Virginia by my great-grandfather and his brother to their parents and siblings. They wrote and stamped their uncoordinated missives home while serving in a US volunteer regiment from Saratoga Springs and Albany, New York, and they both survived the war. This revelation of my blood connection to our great national conflict caused me to broaden my participation in various Civil War groups and activities, but it became clear that the CWT was paramount as the most effective of all such organizations. I am now a proud member of the Color Guard, and I routinely contribute to initiatives by the CWT to secure hallowed ground in locations large and small, and to provide educational materials and field trips for school children and their teachers. It is exciting to think of future Americans who will be able to gain precious first-hand knowledge of the Civil War beyond dusty bookshelves and Wikipedia. They personally will be able to experience myriad landscapes--and often physical structures--that bore witness to unfathomable sacrifice and bravery, and which directly influenced America’s trajectory from fledgling nation to world power.

 
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I have been a member for over ten years and am very proud of it. I support only a small number of charities and CWT is right behind my Church. I have complete confidence that they use the money wisely and have a low administrative cost. The battlefields must be preserved now or lost forever and the CWT is doing all that can be done. Jim Cross

 
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I have been a member of CWT for twelve years now and have given 240 times. I think this is a great organization and is very high on my list of charities. They are wonderful people who are great stewards of the money entrusted with them. This service is invaluable as most lost battlefields cannot be reclaimed. They are very fair about the treatment of both sides believing as I do that all participants of the conflict were true "Americans" and should be honored for their sacrifice.

 
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The Civil War Trust is my sole non-religious charity. I certainly believe in the mission; I am very confident that the Civil War Trust spends money wisely. I have been impressed with the programs it supports and appreciate its openness with its finances.

 
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I have been a member of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, presently the Civil War Trust, since about 1990. It was at this time I became aware there was an organization dedicated to preserving Civil War battlefields. I was intrigued by the opportunity to save battlefields as so many of them have been lost completely or partially.

Being born in Atlanta, the second most important city of the Confederacy, I am well aware of the importance of saving battlefields. On a trip to Atlanta, one of the major campaigns of the war, you will find no battlefields to visit. Even though there were several battles fought directly in the vicinity of Atlanta there is nothing to see. At Peachtree Creek, Battle of Atlanta, Ezra Church and Jonesboro there is nothing to visit. One can find historical markers but the urban sprawl has wiped away the landscape. Constant traffic pose a serious danger for visitors to these sites.

The nearest preserved battlefields are found at Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, Kennesaw National Battlefield Park, and Resaca Battlefield Historic Site. Because of the effort or crusade of the Civil War Trust, Georgia Battlefields Association, Friends of Resaca Battlefield, and the Gordon County government a large portion, over 1000 acres, of the Resaca battlefield has been saved. 15 years ago the entire battlefield was private land, with the exception of Interstate 75 which runs directly through the battlefield. What an accomplishment! 1000 acres have been saved and soon a battlefield park will open.

The Civil War Trust is the premier organization for battlefield preservation whether Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War. The Civil War Trust has many successful preservation stories. But there are many more endangered battlefields that need help. What happened to the battlefields of Atlanta is now happening to battlefields elsewhere.

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I am a retired C.P.A. In my fifty year career I came in contact with many non-profits. Without a doubt , The Civil War Trust is one of the best run that I have ever seen. Their excellent leadership runs all the way to the lower levels. Their low costs of administration is a testimony of their fine leadership. They live their mission.

 
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I have been a member since the Civil War Trust was known as the Civil War Preservation Trust. Since I was 9 I have been an avid, maybe even rabid, fan of American Civil War history. I have traveled many battlefields and see the consistent results of the work and commitment of the CWT to preservation. They truly work tirelessly to ensure these lands are are enshrined just by ensuring their untarnished state. Given the unquenchable hunger of developers, these times are critical to serve our ancestors who devoted their lives to ensuring our country was not split in two. And for those who chose to serve their southern states, they too deserve our respect, for it was through their convictions for separation that forged a greater conviction to preserve our union, as one untied country that we all now, or should be, so appreciative. To walk these fields today not only keeps their memories alive, it is also a respite for us to pause in the quiet and stillness which would otherwise be transgressed into places of distraction and noise. I am very particular in who I give, whether money or time. The CWT is the action that most reflects some of my core values. I most ardently encourage you to support their mission.

 
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I became interested in the Civil War as a voracious reader in grade school, and never lost my fascination with battles and battlefields. Thus I was delighted some 20 or more years ago when I discovered the Civil War Trust and learned about the priceless work this organization does to preserve our battlefields and our heritage. Since then I have made almost 100 donations to their fund- raising efforts for battlefield preservation projects. I am constantly amazed at the zeal exhibited in finding matching funds to multiply the amounts that I was able to donate many times. President Jim Lighthizer has my total admiration for the tireless work he and his staff do to search out preservation opportunities and generate funding requests in rapid fashion. I understand over 90% of funds donated result in acreage purchases, an outstanding statistic. Since becoming a donor my wife and I have visited dozens of battlefields, consulting the excellent battle maps and descriptions the Trust provides, and thrill in the knowledge that we are walking on land we have helped preserve for generations to come. I heartily recommend this nonprofit to anyone who is looking for a very worthwhile purpose to support!

 
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I have been a member of the Civil War Trust (CWT) for at least ten years. I have been a member of other historical non-profit organizations but I can say that the CWT is the absolute best in my experience. The CWT puts the mission first, keeps its operating expenses at a reasonable level and treats and respects its donors very well. More importantly the CWT has achieved outstanding success at its core mission of battlefield preservation.

 
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My abiding interest in Americas's Civil War began in the 1950s following a visit to the Gettysburg battlefield. The transcendent experience of walking a battlefield added a dimension to my high school study of the era, resulting in continued battlefield visits.
Being descended from, as well as related to participants on both sides of the conflict ,my discovery of the Civil War Trust provided a vehicle for continued study and an opportunity to support the acquisition of rapidly vanishing battlefields--thus preserving them for study and appreciation by America's posterity.
The Trust has enjoyed enlightened and focused leadership by its President and Board of Trustees. who have employed leverage afforded by matching of available Federal, State, and foundation funds to maximized the contributions of the Trust's fifty five thousand active members thus ,enabling the purchase of over forty thousand acres of land and related historic structures.

Over eighty five percent of donated funds end up purchasing land.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not do a thing. It has worked so well that the Dept. of the Interior has asked the Trust to acquire battlefield land of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Res Ipsa Loquitur

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During the eighteen years I have supported The Civil War Trust, it has undergone a 180 degree reversal from an underfunded --although well intentioned-- organization into the nationally recognized premier organization dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of Civil War battlefields.In so doing it preserves our Nation's history.
Due to its focused , knowledgeable, and strong leadership,an efficient and competent staff, and its ability to apply virtually 90% of every dollar raised directly to its mission, it has recovered over 40,000 acres of battlefield land. Its devoted and generous base of donors grows annually. Contributions by donors are matched by Federal and State programs, thus creating the necessary leverage to pay the increased prices which must currently be paid to acquire battlefield land.
Supporting The Trust is rewarding and satisfying.it is also most enjoyable!

 
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