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®.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I inherited my father's fascination with the battles, personalities and politics of the Civil War at a formative age. Supplemented by extraordinary history teachers in my middle and high school years, I developed a profound connection to the war, the time period and the masterworks of historians to capture all the complexities of an all-encompassing war. I don't know why it is important to save the places where these tragic events took place, but I do know what I feel when I visit them. That feeling engages me in honoring their lives, contextualizing my life and times, and continuing the work to form a more perfect union.

The Civil War Trust, better than any other organization, not only saves these special places but invests in those of our generation connecting this history to the next. Their excellent communications expands my knowledge of the war while showing my value and effectiveness as a member of the Civil War Trust team. I look forward to continuing this work with the Civil War Trust for many decades to come.

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The Civil War Trust has been part of our giving for 7 years. We have contributed to over 70 history saving initiatives. The Trust has faithfully and efficiently focused on preserving this essential part of our Heritage. The Civil War Trust is the single best way to save these hallowed fields.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been a donating member of the Civil War Trust since 2007. I am proud to have supported over 50 Trust initiatives to preserve Battlefields. The Trust efforts are focused, efficient and successful. The Organization remains focused on the task at hand. The Staff and Leadership are dedicated. I believe that the Civil War Trust is the single best avenue for me to help preserve this momentous and significant part of American History. I am particularly pleased with recent educational efforts to raise awareness amongst our youth and Educators.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This is a well managed charity that truly cares about preserving the history of this country. They also take the time to get to know their members.

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My wife and I have been involved with the Civil War Trust and its predecessor group for about 20 years. Throughout, we have been thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the entire organization and especially of its leadership and staff. Most importantly, the CWT is a careful steward of the donors' contributions and especially dedicated to maximizing each dollar by finding matching funding.

This is an organization of which we are very proud to be a part.

Bill and Joyce Vincent

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CWT is truly an founded on and devoted to the larger public interest. Dedicsted to educating and informing U.S. citizens and indeed a worldwide audience about the American Civil War through the identification and preservation of, and informataive public access to civil war battlefields across the U.S. Events during the civil war period did more to shape and define the United States as we know it today than any period since the American Revolution. CWT's absolute focus on understanding and appreciating this part of our history is unique, laudable and totally dvvoted to hte greater public good.

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I have been a supporter of the Civil War Trust since September of 1998, and since then have given 68 gifts in support of the Trust's mission of preserving civil war battlefields. A truly unique organization designed to partner with both public and private organizations to educate and inform Americans about the significant period in U.S. history, and to preserve for future generations the historical and hallowed ground where key Civil War battles were fought. Highly effective, frugal and dedicated to service to community and its mission.

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Seeing the fruits of one’s labors has its rewards. So it is that by following Dennis Frye’s urgings in the 1980s to join the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (APCWS) that I have been able to play a part, albeit a modest one, in safeguarding 40,000 acres of some of the most historic land in America. Little did I know that the APCWS would later give way to the forging of a more powerful partnership that today is the Civil War Trust (CWT).

Unlike many charitable organizations where progress is often difficult to measure, the work of the CWT can be seen and felt from Missouri to Maryland and in more than a dozen other states. Having visited places as distant as Wilson’s Creek, Missouri and as close as Gettysburg and the slopes of South Mountain, Maryland, I am thrilled to have been witness to much of the historic landscapes that the CWT has preserved.

What is more, I have walked the fields at Cedar Mountain, Virginia, where my great-great uncle first came under hostile fire and have contributed to helping to preserve the Slaughter Pen at Fredericksburg where his conduct in battle netted him corporal bars and assignment to the regimental color guard. Many times I have visited the second railroad cut at Gettysburg where he was captured on July 1, 1863, hoping that someday the modern intrusions there might be removed. That idle dream is now becoming a reality thanks to a 2014 CWT fundraising campaign now underway. Finally, thanks to the leadership of the CWT, I was honored to have been among the many to have worked successfully against the Wal-Mart Corporation that tried to despoil the Wilderness Battlefield in Virginia, where my ancestor fell in combat while carrying his country’s flag.

Pride is seldom attractive, yet one allowance I do make is the great satisfaction I feel in holding membership card #247 in the 50,000 member CWT. While it is a privilege to teach history, it is even more rewarding to help preserve where history happened. .

Thomas M. Grace, Ph.D.

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I live in Culpeper County, one of the most fought-over counties in America, where the Battle of Brandy Station began General Lee's move north to the high-water mark at Gettysburg. The Civil War Trust has been committed to preserving the sprawling and lovely fields on which the largest predominantly cavalry battle in North American history was fought between the forces of Beau Sabreur J.E.B. Stuart and Alfred Pleasanton's newly bold Yankees. The sense of pride I felt as a contributor swelled as I stopped to visit the historic site last weekend. A stunningly ugly modern mansion had been constructed on the site of Stuart's Headquarters atop Fleetwood Hill, an incongruous and offensive intrusion on Sacred Ground. With the help of local groups, the CWPT made the critical difference in acquiring the property, and to see the ugly house being ripped down to restore the site to its historic appearance made me proud to be a member- and an American.

J.R. Reddig
Culpeper

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

Have more money to donate to this exceptional charity.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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2014

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I have been a very strong supporter behind the "Civil War Trust's" mission now for just over twenty years and also served as a volunteer with this non-profit organization for just over five (5) years; one and just over one-half year when it was known as the "Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites" and three (3) and one-half years when it was known as the "Civil War Preservation Trust." In addition to preserving and protecting our country's irreplaceable history and heritage in land, the "Civil War Trust" to me represents and symbolizes the values of what I'll call "modern-day pastoral agrarianism."
In addition, the Trust in particular goes a long way in providing its members the "biggest bang" for their buck donations with its matching numbers, that way leveraging most efficiently their members' financial support.

Eric B. Martin
10-10-2013

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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My wife and I have been supporters of the Civil War Trust for many years. We appreciate the Trust's mission, and are continually impressed with the results being delivered for a very worthy cause. We will remain supporters as long as there is a need.

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

continue to run the program in the professional manner.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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