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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

3 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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with land preservation organizations for more than forty years. Civil War Trust is absolutely top drawer. They are wise stewards of my money and the public monies they use to match as often as such funds are available. The Trust has saved an enormous amount of seriously endangered battlefield land in the relatively short period of their activity under the leadership of Jim Lighthizer. They are the best.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The CWT is an outstanding organization! Extremely well managed, while accepting that there is some cost of doing business, it sticks to spending the overwhelming majority of income on purchasing Civil War battlefield land, which is its primary mission. As a Brigade Color Bearer almost since its founding (honoring my GG Grandfather who was a Confederate Brigadier General) I strongly recommend this organization to anyone with interest in the Civil War and/or american history. Larry Peterson

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a member since November of 1999, I have contributed over 100 times to the CWT. The best non-profit out there.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Brandywine Valley Civil War Round Table of West Chester, Pa has been a supporter of the Civil War Trust since November 14, 2003. Since that time, we have contributed to the Trust on 27 different occasions in their efforts on behalf of Civil War Preservation primarily through land acquisition which will protect "Hallowed Ground" from future development and destruction. We can think of no better organization to protect the nations future and our heritage than the Civil War Trust. The BVCWRT has contributed $29,000.00 in the last 11 years to Civil War Preservation. In each and every case, we have counted on the Trust for guidance and direction to which Civil War battlefield our donation would be most useful. Bob Sprague, Preservation Chair, BVCWRT, Wesat Chester, PA