Civil War Trust

Rating: 4.98 stars   246 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment

Location: 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 40,000 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 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 40,000 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®.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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I have been a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust for about 20 years. In that time I have watched the dedicated staff of the Trust put together deals that leverage the money donated to obtain truly outstanding benefits for the preservation of Civil War sites. This isn't a job for the individuals involved but a passion. I commend the Trust for their diligence in performing their duties.

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I have been a supporter of the Civil War Trust since May of 1998 and have provided about 150 separate gifts to the Trust. I have found its members, sponsors, and leadership to be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and committed to the preservation of Civil War Battlefields. No effort is too large (or small) to be undertaken. At the same time, the leadership is striving to be a faithful steward of the resources provided to save these battlefields and continuously strives to leverage these resources by seeking other organizations to match donations being made. Communication about the Trust's effort is frequent, detailed, and eloquent. I feel, at all times, that I am involved with with individuals of the highest integrity who have a passion for their work. Mike

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I have belonged to The Civil War Trust for over 20 years. I remain active because it provides me with the best "bang for my buck" in preserving deserving sites that are of paramount importance to teaching our children the history of our country. I also enjoy many other benefits such as tours, internet available research, etc. In short, I believe this non-profit allows me to make the maximum impact with my limited resources. I have nothing but praise for the organization.

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For many years I have been a student of US history. I have focused on military history, especially the War Between the States. When I first discovered this charity was involved in preserving battlefield sites in 1993, I researched the organization. The results of that search led me to believe it was quite worthwhile and effective. My opinion of the organization continues to grow as it started to do when I first made a contribution. Over the last almost 20 years, I have made contributions as I am able to saving over 100 portions of historic land that would have been subsumed into modern development without this organization. My only regret is that I cannot give more than I have. It is a superb group.

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I have been a member of the Civil War Trust for 9 years. The Civil War Trust is part of my estate planning. The Civil War Trust is my passion.
Would you give to honor those who died for our country? Would you give to continue the legacy of those who left there blood on the battlefields of America? Would you give to make sure that the generations to come understand and appreciate what America stands for? The obvious answers to these questions are what the Civil War Trust carries out in it's Mission. The Civil War Trust exemplifies the lasting devotion to the preservation of America's history.
The Civil War Trust fights in the trenches of modern day America to preserve the heritage of our great nation. i am extremely honored to call myself a member of the Civil War Trust.

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We have been involved with the Civil War Trust since taking part in a re-enactment march from Harpers Ferry to Antietam in 1993 sponsored by a predecessor organization, the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (APCWS). Living in Northern Virginia, we were well aware of the rampant development that threatened numerous battlefields within a couple of hours of us. So we 'enlisted' to support the efforts to preserve as much battlefield land as possible in Virginia, and then elsewhere. We enjoy visiting the numerous battlefields we have helped to save and/or enlarge, and it's a long list in several states. We look forward to visiting others in the future. In doing so, we can see the results of our contributions. That's the bottom line: The CWT gets things done. They are experts at leveraging individual contributions with matching Federal and state funds. They work with all parties to structure the best deal. Their administration is "lean." Their communication are direct, informative, and useful. We belong to other preservation organizations, both historical and environmental. They are all excellent, but the Civil War Trust is the best of all of them.

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I've been a member since 1999 and my wife and I travel to see the parks every chance we get. We get a great deal of enjoyment seeing how our donations are saving more and more land around the battlefield! It easy to donate when you know that your money is spent wisely!

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I have been a member of numerous non-profits in my lifetime and of The CWT for about 10 years. Bluntly stated they are the best at what they do and the way they do it. I believe there is a song out there somewhere..."Nobody Does it Better"...'nuff said

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I started out with the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites in the late 80's and have continued my membership and donations through the merger with the CWT through today. The CWT is in my mind the gold standard for private historical preservation. The staff is first rate and works diligently to make sure that the maximum amount of donations/dues etc. are being channeled to the acquisition of historical sites. They are superb in leveraging dollars with matching programs. They are an invaluable resource for state and local preservation groups. They work very well with anybody in the preservation business. I cannot recommend the CWT enough.

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There are many nonprofits in America that do a good job either raising money or building awareness or spending money or establishing and accomplishing clear goals or showing appreciation for their members, but CWT does them all! And no other nonprofit I've ever seen does a better job of leveraging the dollars they raise in order to accomplish great feats in historical preservation. I'm proud to be associated with this highly professional group of dedicated people.
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I have been a member of the Civil War Trust since the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites merged with the Trust. I like the Trust for many reasons. let me enumerate a few:

(1) The Trust only asks for money when the Trust has identified a specific opportunity to acquire a specific piece of land on a specific battlefield. You know where your money is going, and it feels great when you walk on preserved land at a site such as Malvern Hill and you KNOW that your money purchased a portion of the land that you are visiting.

(2) The Trust has developed a real sophistication in acquiring land and stretching donor dollars. The Trust always taps into matching funds from States, federal sources and other land preservation organizations to greatly enhance the value of my contribution.

(3) The Trust is like a smart general. The Trust fights the battles that have to be fought, but the Trust is much more interested in developing relationships with landowners long before a piece of property goes on the market. This adroit approach saves money (the Trust doesn't get into a bidding war) and it sends the message to landowners that the Trust is a friend and a resource, not a bogeyman that wants to stop land from ever being sold.

(4) The Trust's website and its magazine (Hallowed Ground) are terrific supplemental sources of information about the Civil War in general and battlefield preservation in particular.

(5) The Trust has been immensely successful. Donors are very proud of the accomplishments of our organization.

James G. Ryan

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The Civil War Trust is doing an outstanding job of protecting and preserving Civil War Sites for both present and future generations. Much of the land that Civil War Trust saved would have fallen to developers. It sickens me to think of bulldozers desecrating land where brave men fought and many died. The Civil War defined us as a nation, and we must preserve the sites where these great issues were decided. Civil War Trust is doing just that. They are unquestionably one of the most important nonprofits in The US.

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