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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Historical Organizations, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Our Mission: The American Battlefield Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

Results: More than 50,000 acres saved!

Target demographics: all Americans

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: The mission of the American Battlefield 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 American Battlefield 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 American Battlefield Trust and its predecessor organizations have been saving land since 1987; in total we have saved over 49,000 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 Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. We are dedicated to interpreting the wars and their 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

503 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!

Adams D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I joined The American Battlefield trust when it was the Civil War Trust. Never have I hesitated nor regretted giving my money to such a marvelous cause. Having 2 grandfather patriots who fought in the American Revolution, 1 in the War of 1812 and 2 in the Civil War, I am deeply and passionately dedicated to preserving these hallowed grounds. With the attempts and successes of erasing our history, future generations will become ignorant of the bravery, sacrifice and for the love of country thousands of men and women have made to secure our freedom and liberty. We must fight to save these battlefields to educate our children for many years to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered the American Battlefield Trust (formerly the Civil War Trust) almost 15 years ago during my search for information about my great grandfather's service during the War of Northern Aggression. My great grandfather fought for the Confederacy for four years including battles at Cold Harbor, New Market, Monocacy, Fort Stephens, Third Winchester, Cedar Creek and many more. I was grateful to find an organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting that hallowed ground on those battlefields and have been supporting the organization ever since. Charity Navigator shows that the American Battlefield Trust is an excellent steward of the money they take in, with the vast majority of it going for the stated purpose of the Trust. I am pleased to continue to support this outstanding organization and would encourage everyone with an interest in the history of our nation and who have respect for the service and sacrifice of the men who fought and died for their beliefs, to render support as well. The American Battlefield Trust is a first class organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Civil War Trust now the American Battlefield Trust for at least 10 years. From the beginning I was always struck by the fact that they were trying to buy/preserve a single parcel of land at a time, making each goal that much more realistic to obtain. I am amazed at the ability they have to recognize the importance of lands associated with the conflicts fought on them. On a visit to Manassas last year (my 1st to the battlefield), I was beyond more than surprised to find land purchased by the Trust along a rutty dirt back road, miles from the museum/National Park Center. Obviously they understand what they are saving for future generations before any chance of the land being subjected to developmental growth. Also, there ability to purchase property already zoned and settled on, and then bringing back to as close to possible a natural state, makes them champions of the cause.. I do and will continue to donate to this most worthy cause as much as possible for years to c0me. I am PROUD to be associated with this Great Organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a 30 year History Educator, Living Historian, and Historical Musician, I have followed the growth and evolution of this organization nearly since it's inception. I have used their myriad of highly detailed maps both on my own excursions and as part of a three day Civil War odyssey I take my High School students on to further my interpretation of the sites we visit. With the recent addition of the video clips, again on a myriad of moments and topics, I have a new opportunity to expand my students understanding of these American Battles and Moments both in the classroom and on the Field, and to share with more reticent faculty, ways to integrate military history into their curriculum for their students.
Despite the evolution and expansion that has been ongoing...the Civil War Trust, now the American Battlefield Trust continues to satisfy their mission of preservation of these threatened historical gems. The video programs, well crafted and researched, will surely help to foster new generations of concerned citizens who will act as stewards to our history, and leave their children the richer for it.

Stanley W. Svec
History Department Chairman,
West Springfield Ma. 01089
svec@wsps.org

Donor

Rating: 5

Have been a member for longer than I can remember. CWT is all about remembering . History can repeat itself if organizations like CWT didn't exist. By preserving the ground our forefathers shed their blood on, CWT can show the "elephant" that so many veterans of the Civil War wrote about. Preserving the battlefields our nation fought on and for can show future generations the "elephant" without needing to be in battle to experience what the actual participants went thru. Having the actual sites one can see what our forefathers faced not only in the Civil War but also the Revolutionary War.
Member
Charles A. Post (USMC Ret.)

LaVonne D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had ancestors who fought on both sides during the Civil War. I use the Civil War Trust on my Facebook and have enjoyed their daily historical posts. This keeps me educated on who I am as an American. I have also visited several Civil War sites that this non-profit organization has helped to preserve. The Civil War Trust is an important organization that keeps our history from being lost I feel that we, as Americans, forget about the sacrifices that our ancestors so passionately made in our past. To understand why and how these men fought for the country that we now have makes me appreciate where we are today.

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

John406

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust does, and always has, exactly what its mission statement says. They save the ground and surrounding where are nation came to death grips with itself. Any non-profit that does that deserves our support, Currently, I am unable to contribute as much as I would like, but the Civil War Trust is worthy of every dime you can muster.

1

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent updates of battlefield preservation. Keeping our historic places alive. I would love to volunteer and help them in the future when I retire.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is the best nonprofit for the preservation of civil war battlefields and historical significant places. Being a teacher, I appreciate their dedication to the education of teachers of anything civil war related. They are a great resource. Their website is the "go to" place to teach civil war. Teachers and students love it.
I have been fortunate to attend 3 teacher summer institutes and I can say they are the best professional development in any field of education. Dedicated and passionate. The Civil War Trust is preserving the civil war and helps teachers to educate the students on this important subject in our history

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a grandfather of 6 it gives comfort knowing an organization such as the Civil War Trust exists. I have donated to many of their campaigns which preserve our history for the future generations, without an organization such as this I believe our history would perish
I also make yearly plans to participate in th Trusts Park Days, another noble way of protecting our past and future, by far one of the best organization's around.

2

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!