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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

431 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!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Virginia; it’s history, diversity in culture geography, and especially its history. I became a Civil War “buff” after graduating from college. At JMU, we had several major battlefields within a short distance from the school that I enjoyed visiting. Gaining a high level knowledge of the battles did not satisfy me. I needed to learn more and started buying books to learn more about the complex history of the war. Example: what led up to why the Battle of Antietam was fought in Sharpsburg, MD? IMHO - The results from the Peninsula campaign started that. Researching the History and visiting battlefields on weekends, brought great joy into my life and respect for those who participated in the war (all levels). I did discover many battlefields were not preserved.. That was so disappointing. 10 years later, I discovered the Civil War Trust. As far as I’m concerned, the organization is the best non-profit org in achieving its goals - period. The CWT is well run, very efficient, well managed, very trustworthy. I only wish I could donate more. The CWT is a fantastic source of well researched information on American History, whether you are a donor or not. Thank you to all the volunteers who support the CWT’s efforts in preserving our history! Kenny

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent programs and outreach. All indications are that they are very concerned with using your donations wisely. Recommended. Also note their fairly new program for revolutionary war and war of 1812 conservancy.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is one of the best non-profit groups to whom one can donate. They are always very clear with the goals for a particular fundraiser, and are very good at working behind the scenes to gather matching grants to provide even more impact to any dollar I donate. I always feel confident that the money I donate will go to battlefields, and I cannot think of a better organization to keep the mission moving forward than the Civil War Trust.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the Civil War Trust for over 10 years and I am currently a sustaining member. I decided to support CWT due to my love of history and the need to preserve the land so that future generations can better understand one of the most defining events in our nation's history. Over the years I have been very impressed with the leadership and overall management of CWT. In addition to saving the hallowed ground from the Civil War, CWT restores the land to the way it was in the 1860s adding to the authenticity of what the organization does with donor's contributions. CWT also hosts and sponsors many educational programs, ensuring that our youngest citizens learn more about our heritage in a meaningful way. This organization is deserving of your support.

2 Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member for over ten years and am very proud of it. I support only a small number of charities and CWT is right behind my Church. I have complete confidence that they use the money wisely and have a low administrative cost. The battlefields must be preserved now or lost forever and the CWT is doing all that can be done. Jim Cross

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of CWT for twelve years now and have given 240 times. I think this is a great organization and is very high on my list of charities. They are wonderful people who are great stewards of the money entrusted with them. This service is invaluable as most lost battlefields cannot be reclaimed. They are very fair about the treatment of both sides believing as I do that all participants of the conflict were true "Americans" and should be honored for their sacrifice.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is my sole non-religious charity. I certainly believe in the mission; I am very confident that the Civil War Trust spends money wisely. I have been impressed with the programs it supports and appreciate its openness with its finances.

1 Georgia Cracker

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, presently the Civil War Trust, since about 1990. It was at this time I became aware there was an organization dedicated to preserving Civil War battlefields. I was intrigued by the opportunity to save battlefields as so many of them have been lost completely or partially.

Being born in Atlanta, the second most important city of the Confederacy, I am well aware of the importance of saving battlefields. On a trip to Atlanta, one of the major campaigns of the war, you will find no battlefields to visit. Even though there were several battles fought directly in the vicinity of Atlanta there is nothing to see. At Peachtree Creek, Battle of Atlanta, Ezra Church and Jonesboro there is nothing to visit. One can find historical markers but the urban sprawl has wiped away the landscape. Constant traffic pose a serious danger for visitors to these sites.

The nearest preserved battlefields are found at Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, Kennesaw National Battlefield Park, and Resaca Battlefield Historic Site. Because of the effort or crusade of the Civil War Trust, Georgia Battlefields Association, Friends of Resaca Battlefield, and the Gordon County government a large portion, over 1000 acres, of the Resaca battlefield has been saved. 15 years ago the entire battlefield was private land, with the exception of Interstate 75 which runs directly through the battlefield. What an accomplishment! 1000 acres have been saved and soon a battlefield park will open.

The Civil War Trust is the premier organization for battlefield preservation whether Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War. The Civil War Trust has many successful preservation stories. But there are many more endangered battlefields that need help. What happened to the battlefields of Atlanta is now happening to battlefields elsewhere.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a retired C.P.A. In my fifty year career I came in contact with many non-profits. Without a doubt , The Civil War Trust is one of the best run that I have ever seen. Their excellent leadership runs all the way to the lower levels. Their low costs of administration is a testimony of their fine leadership. They live their mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member since the Civil War Trust was known as the Civil War Preservation Trust. Since I was 9 I have been an avid, maybe even rabid, fan of American Civil War history. I have traveled many battlefields and see the consistent results of the work and commitment of the CWT to preservation. They truly work tirelessly to ensure these lands are are enshrined just by ensuring their untarnished state. Given the unquenchable hunger of developers, these times are critical to serve our ancestors who devoted their lives to ensuring our country was not split in two. And for those who chose to serve their southern states, they too deserve our respect, for it was through their convictions for separation that forged a greater conviction to preserve our union, as one untied country that we all now, or should be, so appreciative. To walk these fields today not only keeps their memories alive, it is also a respite for us to pause in the quiet and stillness which would otherwise be transgressed into places of distraction and noise. I am very particular in who I give, whether money or time. The CWT is the action that most reflects some of my core values. I most ardently encourage you to support their mission.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I became interested in the Civil War as a voracious reader in grade school, and never lost my fascination with battles and battlefields. Thus I was delighted some 20 or more years ago when I discovered the Civil War Trust and learned about the priceless work this organization does to preserve our battlefields and our heritage. Since then I have made almost 100 donations to their fund- raising efforts for battlefield preservation projects. I am constantly amazed at the zeal exhibited in finding matching funds to multiply the amounts that I was able to donate many times. President Jim Lighthizer has my total admiration for the tireless work he and his staff do to search out preservation opportunities and generate funding requests in rapid fashion. I understand over 90% of funds donated result in acreage purchases, an outstanding statistic. Since becoming a donor my wife and I have visited dozens of battlefields, consulting the excellent battle maps and descriptions the Trust provides, and thrill in the knowledge that we are walking on land we have helped preserve for generations to come. I heartily recommend this nonprofit to anyone who is looking for a very worthwhile purpose to support!