Civil War Trust

Rating: 4.97 stars   490 reviews

Address:

1156 15th Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20005 USA

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

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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®.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated to the Civil War Trust for many years and intend to continue doing so even in my retirement. The world is full of good causes, not all of which are well served by the organizations purporting to support them. Accordingly I am careful about choosing to donate. The Civil War Trust is one of my top choices for several reasons. First, the work they do to preserve historically significant sites is very important, not only to honor the memory of those who fought and died there but also as a constant reminder to successive generations of their sacrifice. Second, in an age when urban sprawl and unending development threaten to eliminate what remains of open space in key areas, the Trust plays a vital role in preserving what is effectively park land for future generations to enjoy. Third, I appreciate that the Trust's efforts save these sites for the long term -- even "permanently" if such a thing is possible. Finally, the Trust has an amazing record of using its funds efficiently, leveraging them in combination with other funding sources to achieve the maximum benefit for the money expended. Over the years the Trust has repeatedly demonstrated that it well deserves support, and I encourage everyone to contribute and thus own a piece of both the past and the future.

 
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There are charities that are working for 'someday' things, those causes that we can hope will come true. They are important but the Civil War trust is holding our history. The dollars I give insures future generations don't lose their heritage. I don't have to worry that my heirs won't get to see the unvarnished truth of the struggle to forge this nation. No politics will ever be able to hide the truth of what these old battlefields contain. For they are our monuments to who and what we were and have become.

The Civil War Trust is an organization that epitomizes what a charity should be. In the 20 some years it has been my pleasure to support them I have never known them to waste a dime of funds. They are the best in my book!

 
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The Civil War Trust is an outstanding organization. It operates with great discipline and vision, and actively inspires its members to support and engage. There are many positive lessons and best practices that nonprofits can learn from CWT.
I have supported them for 15 years and will continue to do so long into the future. Keep up the great work!

 
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I have been a member of TheCivil War Trust since the early 1980's.
In that time we have been able to save over 40,000 acre of battlefields.
I believe it is important to save valuable land in many different states.it will help to educate and stimulate people to take an active interest in our history.in this way,we can help children understand how important it is know there heritage and what values they need for a full rounded life.
The Trust is best organization to fulfill that mission in efficiency,thriftiness and organization.it has been awarded many honors.And the government has asked us to take the lead in preserving Revolutionary and War of 1812 sites also!
I would highly recommend joining this organization to help preserve more land and sites.
Sincerely,
Mark Allen Weigand

 
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Been a member of the CWT for years. Money well spent. Would hate to think what would have happened to all this land those battlefields sit on if developers destroyed it. I have ancestors that fought in the Civil War and helping save this land gives me the opportunity to visit this hallowed ground.

 
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While I have been a member of the Civil War Trust for a relatively "few" years, I have been inclined to donate (they say eleven times, but I find that hard to believe) to the Civil War Trust constantly when asked. It is absolutely imperative that we save Civil War battlefields from being used for development by businesses. Our future generations must learn and know what great sacrifices were made by our forebears to save our precious freedom and great country - to learn how we got "here". I have found their leadership and tireless efforts to save such memorable locations inspiring. Their efforts, combined with their highest rating for integrity and amount of funds used in restoration and saving lands will be forever remembered. For example, just think what visitors, young and old alike, must feel when seeing Robert E. Lee's headquarters at Gettysburg and trying to get a sense of what it must have been like to exist in that environment as decisions were being made affecting the outcome of battles that decided the future of our country. I have nothing but the highest regard for their integrity and work in promoting the notion that "We must never forget the great sacrifices and indeed preserve our heritage for future generations".

 
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The work they is great. They always get top-notch results for all the projects.

I contribute because I know my money will be used efficiently and quickly.

 
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Can't say enough good about the CWT. Been a member for many years and feel privileged to contribute to a charity that spends our donated $ on its mission, not on its fundraising or administration. In addition to buying up hallowed ground that would otherwise be lost to the American people, CWT educates and informs through its periodical and online. The Trust has earned my trust over and over and over.

 
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I have goosebumps when I think about being able to help support the CWT in its sacred mission of saving hallowed ground, actual battlefield soil that Americans bled and died on to save our country and give it a new birth of freedom -- my latest donation is just as thrilling as my first so many years ago. The Trust is laser-focused, efficient, highly communicative to donors and supporters. But most important, it acts and uses every possible cent of my donation to accomplish its work. I cannot say enough good about the good it does.

 
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A decade ago (2002) I began making donations to the Civil War Trust. Other than my local church, it is the single charity I would whole-heartedly, unreservedly recommend. I know that almost the entirety of every dollar I send will be spent saving hallowed ground where soldiers fought to save our country -- sacred soil that needs preservation. The Trust works diligently to achieve that mission, along with educating people about the places it saves. It acts speedily, in situations where the federal government doesn't or can't. Eventually, it can turn over the site into the care of the people of the United States. I cannot express enough how amazing it is to be part of this effort on behalf of our forebears and our descendants. We are, in our own way, helping save America, thanks to the CWT.

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I have been a supporting member of the Civil War Trust for many years. Their work to preserve sacred battlefield grounds all over the country is unparalled and so very important. No piece of property is too large or too small for them to take on, and I consider it a privilege to help them financially every time I can. Keep up the great work in preserving our Civil War heritage by preserving the land where it took place!

 
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It has been 22 years since we started sending donations along with our memberships to support Civil War Trust. I am proud of the work that our 282 donations have helped the CWT to save. Every time the quarterly publications it is amazing how many acres have been saved. Amazing what can happen when like minded people work toward a common goal.

 
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We became members of the CWT at its beginning back in the 80's. I often feel like we toss coins into a fountain. Then realize the fountain is the whole USA. When the CWT takes all those donations it creates miracles. Over the years so much Hallowed Ground has been saved. A legacy for future generations to have a unique and special experience. We are proud to support all the efforts of the Civil War Trust! We are part of a large membership driven organization headed by hard working individuals who see the big picture and strive to save so many endangered areas of the battlefields. Our nation and all its citizens are winners because their very unique history has been saved and anyone can visit these places that shaped our country. We will continue to support the CWT in the future because it is our future we are protecting!

 
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We have been supporting members of the CWT since Jan 1994. We have donated at least 200 times. The work they do is so honest and straight forward. The funds we donate go to purchase endangered battlefields that on our own could not happen. Its where ones become many! Now my grand children and the next generations can visit these oh so Hallowed Grounds . I thnak them for their endevors.

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