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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

24 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!

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have donated to the Civil War Trust for many years. We've always had complete confidence that our donations would be used in the best way possible and the CWT has never let us down. Nearly all of the funds raised go toward their mission with a bare minimum to overhead. Having worked in the non-profit world, this is very important to me in choosing charities to support. The CWT track record is second to none in battlefield preservation and education efforts surrounding this vital part of our nation's history.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have donated to the Civil War Trust for over 20 years and been very satisfied with the results. The use of the funds collected mostly goes to the use described in the request as it should . Living in The West makes it difficult to visit battle fields in the East but CWT's magazine Hollowed Grounds does an excellent job of keeping me up to date on both the Battle Field activities but also how the finances are distributed.
AEN, California

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have donated to the Civil War Preservation Trust for over 10 years, and consistently donate when they have special appeals for development threatened battle sites to make sure that these hallowed grounds are preserved for our future generations to learn how tremendous the sacrifice was for all those who fought in those battles. I have visited many of the sites in PA & MD. My first visit to Gettysburg was in 1970 and have seen the great progress made in restoration and education since that visit. I will continue to contribute to help purchase new areas as they become available and support demolishing the modern buildings occupying that land and recreating the land as it was on the original battlefileds

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been members of the Trust for at least 10 years. The Trust's mission is to save battlefields, hallowed by American blood. Once this ground is lost to development, it will never be reclaimed and future generations will never know what our ancestors did. There is no better way to learn history than walk these sites. To help us learn, the Trust offers excellent educational programs -- we have been privileged to attend several annual conferences and walked the battlefields along with nationally recognized historians to better understand what happened. The ongoing focus to educate our youth through teacher institutes helps prepare future generations to continue to focus on saving this ground.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is the gold standard by which I gauge my contributions to all other non-profit organizations. The CWT inspires me far more than any other group because of its unparalleled leadership, financial integrity, outreach, and impact in protecting and preserving our Civil War history in perpetuity. About ten years ago, my life-long fascination with Civil War lore was suddenly boosted by discovery in an elderly relative’s attic near Rochester, New York of nearly a dozen well-written letters in their original stamped envelopes from late 1861 to late 1862—mailed separately from various sites in northern Virginia by my great-grandfather and his brother to their parents and siblings. They wrote and stamped their uncoordinated missives home while serving in a US volunteer regiment from Saratoga Springs and Albany, New York, and they both survived the war. This revelation of my blood connection to our great national conflict caused me to broaden my participation in various Civil War groups and activities, but it became clear that the CWT was paramount as the most effective of all such organizations. I am now a proud member of the Color Guard, and I routinely contribute to initiatives by the CWT to secure hallowed ground in locations large and small, and to provide educational materials and field trips for school children and their teachers. It is exciting to think of future Americans who will be able to gain precious first-hand knowledge of the Civil War beyond dusty bookshelves and Wikipedia. They personally will be able to experience myriad landscapes--and often physical structures--that bore witness to unfathomable sacrifice and bravery, and which directly influenced America’s trajectory from fledgling nation to world power.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Tony Custodio

1 Nancy185

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Sincerely,
Nancy Kramer

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Civil War Trust for so many years I have lost count. I first became interested when I began researching one of my great-great grandfathers, Col. Stephen Heard Darden. I knew the battles he fought in, did more research, and became intrigued with the men who fought in this war. Col. Darden and numerous other ancestors fought for the south. When I discovered Civil War Trust, I thought, "This is a way I can preserve their memory and the battles they fought in." Civil War Trust is not only for the Confederates...it is also for the Union Army. And, yes, to my surprise, I also had ancestors from Ohio who fought for the Union. I am touched by Civil War Trust in so many ways. By contributing what I can when I can, I feel I am truly being respectful to my ancestors who fought in the Civil War. This is a part of history and should be taught to everyone and never forgotten. I have visited numerous battlefields and felt chills as I walked where I KNEW Col. Darden had fought (especially at Antietam). Thank God for Civil War Trust, the maps and informative magazine they provide, and the plethora of information that can be passed on to others. When I have finished reading my CWT magazine, I donate it to our local library.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust since its founding. This organization has done more to preserve our heritage than any other organization I can think of. The way in which it creates partnerships with many smaller, local or regional battlefield preservation groups is especially noteworthy. I am very proud to say that I am a member and I urge my friends to join the Civil War Trust whenever I have the opportunity to do so.