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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

My wife and I have supported the Civil War Trust for more than a decade. Between us, we share 8 Civil war ancestors, including one killed in action, one who died of disease on the field, and one who was imprisoned in the war's most notorious prison camp. For our ancestors, the Civil War was the defining event of their lives. With each passing generation, the memory of their sacrifice and heroism fades one more step in the collective memory of our descendants. The Civil War Trust provides the means to preserve a memory that can only be appreciated by standing where they stood, seeing what they saw, and feeling what they felt. There are few charitable organizations where you the direct impact of your contribution can be seen more concretely than with the Civil war Trust.

Donor

Rating: 5

The CWT is focused like a laser beam on its mission: preserving Civil War battlefields. They keep their costs low and dedicate a larger portion of contributions to their stated mission than any other charity I have ever studied. They are also doing a fine job with interpreting Civil War battlefields they have saved and teaching younger generations. The CWT knows they can't save every battlefield and are forced to make hard choices. But they make smart choices, getting the most preservation "bang" for the buck.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife, Lavonne, and I have been members of the Civil War Trust for approximately two decades!! Only our little local Calvary Baptist Church in Urbana, Il. is held in higher esteem than this nonprofit organization!! This Trust is something that represents one of the highest honors we can be a part of ; it represents honor and country and would appreciate your looking into this nonprofit as soon as you can!!
The Civil War Trust represents people who honor our country---America, the United States of America, and that is the "key" that has allowed us to give with such enthusiasm all of these two decades---some 88 times we have been told along with monthly gifts---that allow me to be an honored Color Bearer!! Yes, the U.S.A. is the greatest country in the world, but it would not have been if we had not remained united after the American Civil War from 1860 to 1865. If President Lincoln had not been the leader he was at the time and allowed the union to be dissolved, the U.S.A. would not have been the great country it became in the 20th century! It would have been two much less powerful and impressive countries that could not have had the influence it had during the 20th century and on into the 21st century as we have all been blessed with over the years. All of the huge losses of men, women, and children during the American Civil War were essentially what we honor so very much with our donations and reading of American Civil War texts. The deaths of so many hundred thousands along with all of the maiming and injuries that occurred we have honored through our interest in and donations to this Trust! Yes, these are the ones we honor when we so gladly give monies to the Civil War Trust!!
Just today I and my wife received an "urgent" letter from President Jim Lighthizer of the CWT that requested monies to support a recent small ---but very important---piece of ground that was to be auctioned off for commercial use in the Antietam Battlefield of Maryland, which was one of the most important battles of the entire American Civil War! Because of the urgency of the need for monies......my wife and I discussed this need and quickly decided that sending some money to the Trust would be most necessary for us to do!! We sat down and wrote another personal check to the Civil War Trust so that this piece of vital land could be saved and preserved for all time.......for the generations of Americans and all the peoples of the world who will honor those who died and were injured at Antietam during our Civil War! We are retired people and are having to watch all the pennies we spend now to make our retirement last because I, as a private family doctor, had to provide my own retirement, and when it is gone it is gone! But the Civil War Trust is part of our legacy to the generations of Americans who will follow us in the future throughout the coming years......and we feel that we need to protect these sacred battlefields so that the coming generations may have the joy of feeling the legacy of the United States of America---its honor, its import in the world, and finally the impact of it remaining united ---remaining the United States of America!!
Thank you, Dr. Robert & Lavonne Brunner

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

William75

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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".

Donor

Rating: 5

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.