Civil War Trust
Rating: 4.97 stars 417 417 reviews 6,210
Arts & Culture, Education, Environment
1156 15th Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20005 USA
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.
Over 41,000 acres saved to date!
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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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19 years and counting! We plan on continuing to donate to the Civil War Trust. It is a top-notch organization! In addition to putting our donations to great use, they often partner with other non-profits to multiply the donations many times over.
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We (my wife and I) have been donors to the Civil War Trust for over 16 years. We have always felt that our donations have had an impact to help preserve irreplaceable acreage: The land saved by the Trust is Hallowed Ground; Civil War battlefield land that witnessed defining moments in the history of the United States. The staff of the Civil War Trust work tirelessly to get the best 'bang for the buck' of any organization I have known. They have helped to save over 32,000 acres and counting! We have made well over 100 donations over the years, and will contine to donate in the future. The Trust is the organization at the top of our list of charities.
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I have been a contributing member of the Civil War Trust for 13 years and don't have any plans to stop now. I firmly believe that what I contribute goes to what they say they are doing. More importantly to me, the Civil War Trust as a non-profit organization, can do as an organization what I can't do as a single individual and that is save our nation's history for future generations. As a young person, my parents took me to Manassas. As a parent, I took my daughter to as many Civil War sites as I could manage. They were there for us to visit, enjoy, and learn from because of caring people like the people who support the Civil War Trust. I applaud not only the good work done by the Civil War Trust, but the people who support it. Keep up the good work!
I have been a member of the Civil War Trust for more than a decade, and I admire the work that they do to preserve a key episode in our country's past. I am proud to help support their efforts at immortal spots like Gettysburg, Antietam, and Shiloh, but perhaps even more proud to support their quest to preserve lesser-known sites that all played an essential roles in a conflict that cost the lives of 600,000 Americans. We should never forget their sacrifice, and no organization makes sure that we will not more than the Civil War Trust. I urge all Americans today to donate to this outstanding charity.
Mark Clodfelter, Alexandria, VA
I have been a member for at least 15 years and the civil war trust is to me the most important organization that is looking to the future for the preservation of one of the most important times that this country had to face in it's history. the land that they will be forever a reminder for our future generations to come. it is worth every penny spent on our children and their children.
The Civil War Trust is highly effective and efficient in preserving battlefields, education, etc. It reports to its members on the success of its efforts on a timely basis.
I have been a member and donor of the Civil War Trust for more than 10 years and have found them to be one of the most effective and appreciative non-profit I have ever contributed to. I visited my first battlefield (Gettysburg) when I was 9 years old and was immediately hooked on Civil War history. I started doing family history research several years ago, and one goal was to find a Civil War ancestor and discovered I had 6 grandfathers who served, as well as numerous uncles and cousins who also fought in some of the largest battles of the war, several on fields the Civil War Trust has helped preserve. I have had the good fortune to visit many of those sites and cannot fully describe the feelings I get while standing on the same ground they fought (and some died) on, and want my grandchildren (and everyone else for that matter) to have the opportunity to experience what I have.
I have been a member of CWT since the Third Battle of Bull Run, to prevent Disneyland East, 20+ years ago. This is truly the most dedicated and focused organization I have ever been a member of; which has cultivated a dedicated membership that supports the Mission of Saving Hallowed Ground and accomplishes its mission year after year. It knows how to perform partnerships with like minded organizations to obtain both financial and political leverage. While its preferred method is peaceful co-existence with commercial interests to obtain its goals it is not adverse to challenging those same interests at critical points on the battlefield. Over the 20 years I have made 97 separate donations targeted to battlefields I am most interested in and have joined the Colorbearer sustaining group. The beauty of the organization is that it is not a one way street of "send us money for this site". Yes, one gets the satisfaction from a battlefield saved but more importantly one gets an education on what happened on that site, why it is important and how it impacted the overall war effort. Because Congress has established restrictions on Park Service funds for land acquisition the CWT is essential to acquire the land needed to fill out a National Battlefield such as Antietam or Gettysburg as well as lands that become core elements of Sate and County parks/conservancies. Probably equally important to battlefield acquisition is educating the American public on the significance of the Civil War in American history. The Trust has taken this on with vigor and a multi-faceted approach ranging from Teacher Training Courses, Curriculum development, and Battlefield aps. If you have an interest in your country's history you should join this organization, particularly as it expands its mission to include Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites, because you can choose where your donations go as the various opportunities are presented to you.
Civil War Trust makes each member and donor feel appreciated. I have found this to be rare in the nonprofit world.
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I have been a member of The CWT for more than ten years. Never have I seen an organization more dedicated to their cause. I feel appreciated whether I give five dollars or five hundred dollars. The money that is given is well accounted for which is more than I can say about many organizations.
As a member going back virtually to day one (in the APCWS) and provider of many financial contributions, I can say that the Trust gives the most bang for the buck. They always do what they say they will do and have the success stories to justify their efforts and their success. I have no hesitation in recommending the Trust to anyone who looks to make a difference with their non-profit dollars. It is no doubt the best NPO going.
I have been a member for some time. I joined to help save our Civil War heritage. The Civil War Trust has always done an excellent job identifying endangered sites, alerting the membership to the issue, and marshaling the resources to save our history. I am proud to be a member of this great organization and the mission to preserve our Civil War heritage, lest we forget.
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I have been a supporter of Civil War preservation since my early reenactment days in the 1980's. The Trust in my experience is the best thing that has happened to the preservation of Civil War battlefields and sites. I support only by providing funds at this time but hope to provide a higher level of support in the future. Being the descendant of both Union and Confederate veterans, the effort to preserve our Civil War heritage is critically important to me.