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!
I started donating to organizations dedicated to battlefield preservation almost 30 years ago, and stepped up to make it a signal cause for my philanthropy about 15 years ago. The Trust fills a huge gap in public and non-profit preservation and education activities. Our battlefields tell stories that compliment classroom and museum education. America does a much better job in battlefield preservation than Europe, and the Trust has done more for battlefield preservation than any other organization, public or private, in the last 15 years.
I was invited to join the Trust Board in 2005 and have since been able to observe, close-up, the dedication and integrity of the staff, the rigor that goes into financial management, public education, and of course selection of target properties. Roughly 85% of all revenues raised go to programs.
I have made my legacy commitment to the Trust, because I know it succeeds in delivering on its mission -- and to honor the 21 direct and collateral ancestors in my wife's and my families who served on Civil War battlefields from the Outer Banks to the Wyoming Territory, from Gettysburg to the Red River in Louisiana, in Tennessee and Georgia.
I started contributing to the cause of battlefield preservation over 20 years ago, and in 2003 my wife and I decided to make this cause one of our principal charities. In 2005, I joined the Board; I will rotate off the Board next year. In my time on the Board, I have seen the organization mature in terms of internal governance and transparency. The Trust's primary mission -- preserving the hallowed ground on which Americans fought and died in the Civil War -- is fulfilled through public-private partnerships in which government (federal, state, and even local) matches private donations from 55,000 members and other public-minded persons. This partnership demands continuous accountability to government agencies as well as to current and potential donors. The tight focus on this mission requires a highly committed staff, and the Trust is served by a small group of highly dedicated individuals. The Trust also works with a variety of other non-profit organizations that focus on battlefield preservation in their communities or regions, futher leveraging its ability to carry out its mission. The result is the permanent preservation of 32,000 acres of sacred soil to date, and another 2-3,000 acres being added each year. I am proud to be a part of this history effort to protect America's heritage.
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The mission of the Civil War Trust (CWT) is a unique one of preserving our Civil War battlegrounds and educating a new generation as to the significance of the Civil War. The work of identifying, purchasing the battleground, preserving it, and returning it to the National Park Service is truly an amazing feat. I was attracted to this unusual mission in 2010 and became a Board member of the CWT in 2011. My level of support has been constant as I have given twenty-one gifts during this period. Clearly, I am an enthusiastic supporter of all that the Trust does.
I contributed to the Civil War Trust activities for years due to my commitment to save American heritage where blood we spilled by Americans. They asked me to join as a Trustee which caused me to study the efficiency and professionalism of the organization before accepting. I must say, this is a best managed 501c in the country. Its staff is top drawer, work exceedingly hard and set an ever higher standard. This a great organization doing great things.
I have been a donor to Civil War Trust for the past multiple years and believe very strongly in all its goals. Not only is it extremely important to save the lands over which so many fought to, in the end, preserve this wonderful country, but equally important it has worked to bring the history to all our citizens and our students.
When donating to any not for profit organization, the giver must be assured that the monies being sought are truly going for the purposes put forth. Reports are always given showing the results which have always been heartening.
I would recommend that anyone with an interest in American history seriously consider donations to this cause.
I found CWT looking for battlefield information so I could take my dad on a tour. In the process I discovered that CWT does something that badly needs to be done, and does it extraordinarily well. It's an efficient philanthropy with passionate membership. And I'm proud to be affiliated.
The Civil War Trust is a uniquely effective organization. It has been extremely successful in its core mission - to save battlefield land. It does this by raising awareness of preservation opportunities for its 55,000 members through effective mailings and a wonderful quarterly magazine. In recent years it has put emphasis on education - interpreting battlefields it has preserved, making them accessible to all, and they have created a wonderful internet website to support Civil War preservation and education. The result is that the CWT has preserved over 32,000 acres over the past +20 years. I have had a chance to watch this organization and its predecessors grow from a new idea to the very professional organization it is today. This view has come from close observation, as I started raising money for battllefield preservation in 1989. The Trust became the default organization to direct our fund raising to due to the trust it built with the Civil War community. I have personally supported the Trust since then. The battlefield where my ancestor was wounded, Brandy Station, was saved in large part by the Civil War Trust and its members supporting the local Brandy Station preservation group. The CWT is worthy of your support.
I have had the opportunity to be associated with the Civil War Trust for the past 15 years. The Civil War Trust has funded seven major land acquisitions in the state of Mississippi comprising of more than 3,000 acres. Goals that are incorporated into the mission of the Civil War Trust are reinforced in the professional manner in which they have dealt with land owners before and after the acquisitions. Furthermore, the association has provided additional help in making those battlefields available to the American public. I would not hesitate to recommend this charitable organization to any individual who is committed to preserving American Civil War history. Attorney John D. Haynes, Baldwyn, MS
I have been a supporter since 12/21/2006 and have given 12 gifts to support their critical mission. I have been on the board almost three years. The leadership and staff of the Trust is first rate. Extremely passionate, knowledgeable, efficient and cost effective. They are wonderful custodians of the money they raise. The hallowed ground saved is indeed a huge priority but they also have an increasing role in education, stewardship and interpretation.
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The mission of the Civil War Trust is truly amazing! To reclaim battlefield sites for future generations is a unique objective. Coupled with the "saving" battlefield concerns is an educational dimension. The education function is to help teachers, students, and citizens in general understand the importance and significance of the Civil War to all of us. The lessons learned in that great domestic conflict can be applied to current issues affecting our country. I have been a supporter since June 25, 2009 when I became aware of the Civil War Trust and its work. Since that time, I have given fourteen gifts to demonstrate my support for the mission.