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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Historical Organizations, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Our Mission: Preservation of America's 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 43,000 acres saved to date!

Target demographics: all Americans

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: The mission of the Civil War Trust: The preservation of America’s significant Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields by protecting the land, and educating the public about the vital roles those battlefields -- and the citizen-soldiers who fought upon them -- 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 nation's "Founding First Century" wars were fought. The Civil War Trust and its predecessor organizations have been saving land since 1987; in total we have saved over 43,000 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®.

Community Stories

498 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 toddjburnett

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been making donations to the Civil War Trust (and its predecessors) for almost 25 years. Although we are avid Civil War enthusiasts, we are also passionate about saving the hallowed ground on which the brave men of that era fought and died for what they believed in. We know that the vast majority of our contributions to the Civil War Trust will be spent to purchase and improve these lands so that future generations may walk these same fields and gain a better understanding of this period of our history. The men and women of the Civil War Trust are the best possible advocates for saving battlefield property and have proven themselves to be excellent stewards of all donations they receive. We give to several charitable organizations and the Civil War Trust is the one we hold in highest esteem. If only all other charities were operated with such integrity and professionalism!

LaVonne D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had ancestors who fought on both sides during the Civil War. I use the Civil War Trust on my Facebook and have enjoyed their daily historical posts. This keeps me educated on who I am as an American. I have also visited several Civil War sites that this non-profit organization has helped to preserve. The Civil War Trust is an important organization that keeps our history from being lost I feel that we, as Americans, forget about the sacrifices that our ancestors so passionately made in our past. To understand why and how these men fought for the country that we now have makes me appreciate where we are today.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Virginia; it’s history, diversity in culture geography, and especially its history. I became a Civil War “buff” after graduating from college. At JMU, we had several major battlefields within a short distance from the school that I enjoyed visiting. Gaining a high level knowledge of the battles did not satisfy me. I needed to learn more and started buying books to learn more about the complex history of the war. Example: what led up to why the Battle of Antietam was fought in Sharpsburg, MD? IMHO - The results from the Peninsula campaign started that. Researching the History and visiting battlefields on weekends, brought great joy into my life and respect for those who participated in the war (all levels). I did discover many battlefields were not preserved.. That was so disappointing. 10 years later, I discovered the Civil War Trust. As far as I’m concerned, the organization is the best non-profit org in achieving its goals - period. The CWT is well run, very efficient, well managed, very trustworthy. I only wish I could donate more. The CWT is a fantastic source of well researched information on American History, whether you are a donor or not. Thank you to all the volunteers who support the CWT’s efforts in preserving our history! Kenny

John406

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust does, and always has, exactly what its mission statement says. They save the ground and surrounding where are nation came to death grips with itself. Any non-profit that does that deserves our support, Currently, I am unable to contribute as much as I would like, but the Civil War Trust is worthy of every dime you can muster.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent programs and outreach. All indications are that they are very concerned with using your donations wisely. Recommended. Also note their fairly new program for revolutionary war and war of 1812 conservancy.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent updates of battlefield preservation. Keeping our historic places alive. I would love to volunteer and help them in the future when I retire.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is the best nonprofit for the preservation of civil war battlefields and historical significant places. Being a teacher, I appreciate their dedication to the education of teachers of anything civil war related. They are a great resource. Their website is the "go to" place to teach civil war. Teachers and students love it.
I have been fortunate to attend 3 teacher summer institutes and I can say they are the best professional development in any field of education. Dedicated and passionate. The Civil War Trust is preserving the civil war and helps teachers to educate the students on this important subject in our history

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is one of the best non-profit groups to whom one can donate. They are always very clear with the goals for a particular fundraiser, and are very good at working behind the scenes to gather matching grants to provide even more impact to any dollar I donate. I always feel confident that the money I donate will go to battlefields, and I cannot think of a better organization to keep the mission moving forward than the Civil War Trust.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a grandfather of 6 it gives comfort knowing an organization such as the Civil War Trust exists. I have donated to many of their campaigns which preserve our history for the future generations, without an organization such as this I believe our history would perish
I also make yearly plans to participate in th Trusts Park Days, another noble way of protecting our past and future, by far one of the best organization's around.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the Civil War Trust for over 10 years and I am currently a sustaining member. I decided to support CWT due to my love of history and the need to preserve the land so that future generations can better understand one of the most defining events in our nation's history. Over the years I have been very impressed with the leadership and overall management of CWT. In addition to saving the hallowed ground from the Civil War, CWT restores the land to the way it was in the 1860s adding to the authenticity of what the organization does with donor's contributions. CWT also hosts and sponsors many educational programs, ensuring that our youngest citizens learn more about our heritage in a meaningful way. This organization is deserving of your support.

2 Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.