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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Many people talk about the sad fact that Americans are losing touch with their history and their heritage. Many Americans have lost sight of what it means to be an American, and what sacrifices were made to give us the privileges and rights that we sometimes take for granted. The Civil War Trust has done more than talk--they have bought land that might otherwise become a shopping mall, or a housing development, or a quarry, and preserved it, usually donating it back to the American people by giving it to the National Park Service or state of local parks. This land is preserved (and sometimes restored), so that visitors can stand on the same spot where brave men and women stood, and fought and died, and see the same landscape that those soldiers saw, and imagine the terrifying sights that they witnessed. The experience of "place" can only happen if these sacred places are preserved for the future, and the Civil War Trust, acting alone and in partnership with other public, private, and governmental organizations, has preserved over 40,000 acres of land. There are battlefields that today, thanks to the Civil War Trust and its members and donors, that have gone from NO preserved acreage to nearly completely preserved battlefields. A battlefield where my ancestors fought, Brandy Station, is a case in point. For this accomplishment alone I would rate the Civil War Trust with 5 stars. Many a time I have stood on land that the trust has preserved, and come to understand a little better each time, that indeed freedom is not free, and many people gave their lives so that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.

But the Civil War Trust has also reached out to Americans so that these places can become more than static relics or places of funereal somberness. For example, I have been to land that the trust preserved in Winchester VA, and seen bicyclists and hikers mingling with Civil War tourists. The trust also provides educational services directly to the public, with an informative website--THE first place to turn for information and detailed maps about the Civil War, as well as incredibly creative "apps" for use when touring battlefields. I used the Chancellorsville app and followed the trail of Jackson's flank attack thanks to one of these informative apps. The trust's educational mission also extends to teaching the teachers, with a teacher's institute that I have been privileged to attend. And they do all of this on a shoestring budget compared to much larger and better known charities.

Recently, the trust has extended its mission even further, helping to preserve land at Revolutionary battlefields as well.

The Civil War Trust is the type of charity that can show tangible results of every dollar that is contributed. You can stand on the dirt that was purchased. You can see the vistas that were protected. You can learn from the educational materials they have created.

I highly recommend the Civil War Trust to historians, genealogists, historic preservationists, battlefield tacticians, recreational users of park land, educators, and Americans who wish to share our shared past with the future generations who follow us.

 
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I have been a contributor to the Civil War Trust for well over 10 years. Having had 4 GG Grandfathers fighting for the Union (and Rebs on my wife's side) saving this ground is important to us. Some of my happiest days have been spent at Shiloh, Gettysburg, Antietam, Vicksburg, etc.

Very important work.

 
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In the mid 1990's I visited battlefields with signs and markers generated by The Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, I realized then and there that this was an organization I wished to donate to. I already was a member of The Civil War Trust as it existed in the 1990's.

What a benefit when they merged and morphed to a dedicated land acquisition and preservation group . I feel that more has been done by this private group to preserve and encourage American Battlefield heritage than has been done since the veterans themselves did in the immediate post Civil War years.

I feel that any donation to The Trust is an investment in United States history and I gladly contribute
with frequency.

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The Civil War was a turning point in American history. The Civil War Trust does an amazing job in preserving Civil War battlefields, and does so by utilizing every possible type of funding -- donors, federal dollars, state dollars, civil war organizations contributions. Where purchase is not possible, they are ale to get easements to prevent battlefield land from disappearing.

 
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I don't remember how long we've been supporters of the Civil War Trust (ne'e Civil War Preservation Trust), but it must be at least 10 years now. We support the Civil War Trust because it is a very effective advocate for preservation of historically important property related to the Civil War. Moreover, the Trust is a good steward of donors' money. We know that our donations will be used for their intended purposes. In addition, the Trust thinks strategically and partners effectively with key governmental and private sector partners. We are proud to be supporters.

 
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we have contributed over the last 8 years or more to support specific history preservation efforts. The communication is clear & the donations are applied to the intended use.
We are also contribute to support the organization as we feel they do a great job preserving the history of our civil war. Preserving that history helps us understand who we are as a country.
We value the job they do.

 
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I have been a supporter since 2004 and have given over 40 gifts including those to the organization as well as specific appeals. The message is communicated well and is clear. But just as important the use of the funds follow the message.

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

Improve the year end record keeping so we got a complete statement of contributions for the year.

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I am involved with land preservation efforts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland serving as the Treasurer of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. I am also a great admirer of Civil War history and events, over time I have have watched the Civil War Trust grow as a leader in land preservation and education with regard to this time period as a donor. Then just this past month our organization held it's annual fundraiser "Party To Preserve" in Caroline County, MD and as the speaking part of the event was going on I looked at the name tags of the folks standing next to me and here was Mr. & Mrs. Jim Lighthizer. A small world, so I introduced myself as a member and congratulated Jim and his wife on the great job CWT is doing.

Thank you for the opportunity on sharing this little story.

Jim Mullin

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Every time I walk out onto a Civil War battlefield that has been preserved by the Civil War Trust, I feel that each donation I make is helping to fulfill Abraham Lincoln's charge that "these dead have not died in vain". The Civil War Trust gets maximum value for every donated dollar, and I am proud to be part of their legacy. Because of their - of our - work, we can learn from the lessons of the past, and preserve the battlefields where so many sacrificed everything they had for their country.

 
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My wife and I have been members of the Civil War Trust for about twenty years. We believe in the importance of preserving land where significant events in our nation's history took place. Through this preservation, generations to come can better understand who we are as a nation, the sacrifices made, and the importance of preserving the history which binds us all.

We believe the Trust is a great steward of our donations as it consistently achieves among the highest ratings in charity effectiveness. We are proud to be active members and proud of the land we have helped in small measure to set aside.

 
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The Trust, which my wife and I have enthusiastically supported for more than a decade, remains our best example of a superior 401 (c) 3 or academic institution. With remarkable operational efficiency and a focused mission ( "we buy dirt"), it has transformed hundreds of battlefields and their continued future operation. The Nation is blessed by the tens of thousands of men and women members who pledge their time and treasure to The Trust.

 
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For more than a decade my wife and I have vigorously supported the Trust with more than 50 donations...quite simply we 'trust the Trust' to stay on mission("we buy dirt"), to support preservation of hallowed ground, to educate those who walk these grounds and participate in their educational offerings, to obtain matching funds and to minimize their 'overhead expenses'. In NC at Bentonville Battlefield alone during this decade, the Trust has led a cooperative effort to expand core battlefield from less than 100 to nearly 1500 acres...and the preservation continues! We have encouraged many others to participate regularly, for it is clear the Trust plans for the future...for our children's children and beyond.

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