Civil War Trust
Rating: 4.97 stars 491 491 reviews
1156 15th Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20005 USA
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.
Over 41,000 acres saved to date!
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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 41,000 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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I have been supporting this nonprofit for 14 years after i visited my first Civil War battlefield sight. Since then i have visited over 70 sites in 9 states. I have found this organization is the only national one that is saving the land from the Civil War period of our history. The destruction of these land will forever lose the opportunity for further generation to understand a crucial period of our history. I am proud to support the Civil War Trust.
The Civil War Trust is one of the most, if not the most, effective organizations in stemming the alarming decline in the average American’s understanding of the critical and transforming events in our nations history. Preserving battlefields as “outdoor classrooms” and promoting education regarding the period is a most worthy mission, and the Trust does it very well indeed. The Trust believes that if a nation does not understand its past, it cannot make intelligent choices about its future. I have been a member forever and served on its Board. I think I am coming up on my 100th individual contribution to its land acquisition and educational programs. It has been money well spent. Finally, the staff is incredibly talented, dedicated and efficient…the best I have ever seen in any not-for-profit organization.
I've been giving to this organization since it was first formed over 25 years ago. At that time the need for protection of the battlefields from rapid development was desperate and since then over 40,000 acres have been saved. The land protected is not only set aside because it is historic but it also adds to our park system and to the natural beauty of the cities, towns, and neighborhoods nearby. In these 25 years I've written over 160 checks to the trust and though I am now retired I intend to keep on giving. I've come to regard my donations as possibly the most important thing I've done in my life.
This is, by far, my favorite charity. I feel privileged to be able to contribute to an organization that is passionate about preserving land, which, in this case, is preserving history. Additionally ,not only is history being preserved, but this land serves as a constant reminder of the sacrifices made to preserve our freedom. Finally, in an ever-crowded world, we are preserving greenspace for the enjoyment of all.
Forty years ago, I visited a number of Civil War battlefields and was surprised at the poor state of the sites and the incomplete land area of the various battles. The CWT is saving so many historic areas and I am proud to play a small role in working with the Trust to save as much historically significant land for future generations as possible.
I have been a regular contributor to the organization now known as the Civil War Trust since the 1990s. I made a decision to support the CWT on a regular basis based on the following...
1. I agree with its mission. America's history, in the form of significant structures, historic sites, and battlefields was being lost to development. Purchasing up significant battle sites and incorporating them into existing parks , or establishing new parks with local organizations makes sense. I also support the CWTs' efforts to involve students and assist educators with different summer programs.
2. The CWT keeps its contributors informed with detailed solicitation letters, follow up communications, etc.
3. The CWT has kept its fund raising and administrative costs low. The CWT appears to be well managed. The four star rating from Charity Navigator is a reflection of that management.
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I have been a regular contributor to the CWT and its predecessor organization for over ten years. The CWT has earned my support for the following reasons--
1. They make their case for with each contribution request. Each request for a contribution includes a synopsis of the significant events that took place on that site, the current status of the site (including matching contributions and government grants pledged to date), what level of support is needed from CWT members, and a timetable on when this transaction will close. Most important the mission of the CWT (the preservation of battlefields, and educating Americans about the Civil War) is important to me as an American.
2. The focus of the mailing is on the contribution request and why it is needed, not a useless giveaway. For the most part, the CWT does not send out useless throwaway gifts (i.e. cheap tote bags, note pads, pens, etc). More important--it does not try to make me feel guilty for "receiving" these valuable "free" gifts (which I usually throw out). I refuse to support charities that send me a lot of junk. The CWT does have a donation gift program-- Personally I wish they did not have the program. However, contributors usually have the opportunity to opt out of the program.
3. Relatively low admin and fundraising costs. Contributions fund the mission--not high executive salaries and related benefits. I review these costs when considering a contribution to a charity.
4. A long history of favorable reviews --Charity Navigator, BBB, etc. I worked hard all my life. I want my hard earned contributions to be used to support goals that are important to me, and I want the organization to be both efficient and cost effective. Over the years, The CWT has met these requirements.
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The three best words to describe the work of the Civil War Trust are phenomenal, extraordinary and remarkable. The CWT is top notch in every respect.
This includes leadership, dedicated staff, vision, goal setting, research, education, achieving the maximum from every dollar received and spent, use of technology and of course the preservation of civil and revolutionary war battlefields. My connection to the civil war was my great-great grandfather who fough two tours of duty for the Union. He is our family icon and patriarch.
As a small child, my grandmother shared many stories with me about him. This instilled a passion within me for civil war history. As an individual, or committee of one, there is little I can do. But as a contributor to CWT, I accomplish a great deal. In addition to preserving battlefields and history that would otherwise be lost to development, I am also preserving open space which is another passion of mine. Since my first modest donation to the Trust in 2009, I have made nearly 170 additional contributions. The CWT is my charity of choice. It is the perfect way to honor my great-great grandfather, the soldiers in blue and gray, and the rich heritage of our country
Steve Dunkle, Allensville, Pennsylvania
I first started donating to civil war preservation in 1988-89 when there were plans to build an amusement park near Manassas ( I first donated to APCWS at that time) .Since the inception of the Civil war Trust (previously named the Civil War preservation Trust) and its leadership under Jim Lighthizer the amount of historic land preserved and transferred to the national park service has grown exponentially .Some 41000acres have been preserved and saved for posterity.The Civil War Trust's goals include the preservation of our historic sites (including revolutionary war and the war of 1812 battle areas) and educating teaching professionals and children about these events in our history. I have been contributing to their cause well over a decade and feel that my donations have been effectively and efficiently put to the use I intended. I consider the Civil War Trust one of the best run nonprofits that I contribute to.
R. Antonucci M.D.
The CWT is an absolutely top-flight charity. The staff is incredibly efficient and dedicated and they pursue the mission statement relentlessly.
I have been a member of the Civil War Trust since before it was the Trust, 20 some years. I have been continually amazed at the many ways they leverage my donations by collaborating with other charitable trusts, foundations, and local,state, and Federal government to fund purchases of these sacred grounds. They are good stewards of my donations. I firmly believe we must save the ground over which so many Americans struggled and shed blood in support of their beliefs. It is the least we can do to honor their sacrifice and teach future generations of Americans our history.