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Operation Blessing International Relief & Development Corp.
July 3, 2012

Operation Blessing is focused on helping people in need with the love of Christ. I have been a donor since 2007, and I know that every donation is able to make an impact. I am amazed at how far they are able to stretch every dollar to reach not only places as remote as mountains in Peru, but also tornado victims here in the U.S.A. Within 24-48 hours of a disaster in the US, they have tractor trailers of supplies arriving to help. At the same time, they are drilling wells all over the world to bring fresh water to people who need it. They have extremely low administrative costs, so I know every dollar I give will go to help people. They do not send me millions of mailings, so I know my donations are not going to printing lots of papers.

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Civil War Trust
July 3, 2012

I joined this organization as a donor as soon as I was earning my own income and could donate anywhere. I am very interested in saving battlefields for posterity, and I've found that the CWT is highly efficient. They are always able to multiply each dollar I donate by finding matching funds from state and federal funds, or even local organizations, so that each dollar I donate is matched by $4 or even $11 in matching funds. That, combined with a very low administrative cost, means that they have been able to save over 50,000 acres! I think if every historical preservation organization could copy their business model, more historical places, structures, and objects would be saved. It's not fancy or complicated, only sound money management. I have been a member since 2001, and that is my impression of the organization in the last decade. Unlike some other organizations, I feel the CWT is focused on preservation rather than countless mailings and lobbying for legislation, both of which may be good ideas, but I prefer my dollar to go to buying the actual land. Action, rather than talk. And the CWT delivers that. Because of them, battlefields that I care about such as Chancellorsville and the Wilderness have been protected, and I am confident that their current campaign to save ground at another of my favorites, Cedar Creek, will be successful, saving a historically valuable piece of land for future generations to visit, learn about our country's history and heroes, and be inspired.

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their campaigns to preserve particular battlefields. Each campaign is focused, so I know exactly where my donation is going. I can also see how they have used my donation when they list the various campaigns where they have successfully purchased the land for preservation. So I know that my donations are not getting lost in the organization, merely because I can see the results.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I am a Civil War buff, and I would like to see battlefields preserved so that kids can visit them, tread the same ground as General Grant, Lee, Meade, and Jackson, and be inspired to learn more about our country's history. Visiting a battlefield is a way to engage a student's mind and perhaps get their noses out of their texting.

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