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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

It has been my pleasure and honor to have been tallied on the membership roles of the Civil War Trust since the organization was founded via the mergers of the (former) Civil War Trust and the Association for the Preservation of Civil War sites, Inc. Over these many, many years, I have generously and consistently donated personal assets to the Trust in order to directly support their noble mission. And because I am extraordinarily proud of the Trust and its peerless accomplishments, I have encouraged my family and friends to do so, as well. And they have.. (Or, else!)

A word about Civil War Trust management and staff, but first a little background: My professional calling involves security management consulting with The Fairfax Group, McLean, VA. (My twenty-year employer.) Our fine clients number among the top multinational corporations in the world, and I have managed many dozens of sensitive internal inquiries for GE; Toyota; Coca Cola; Siemens; IMF; US Chamber of Commerce; and the World Bank, among many other noteworthy entities.

This in-depth professional exposure has allowed me the opportunity to assess, real-time, business and legal entities "at work," and I respectfully offer, without reservation, that the Civil War Trust is among the best-led and staffed of any group within my professional experience.

Point being, CWT does things right, and not insignificantly, legally transparent, and I was indeed pleased to learn President Jim Lighthizer has recently "signed on" for another three-year hitch.

As long as I am around--and afterwards--I will continue to support the Civil War Trust, my "favorite cause."

Jim_151

Donor

Rating: 5

The CWT works tirelessly to save and preserve our nation's history. They keep members well up to date on all projects and not 1 penny of our donations are wasted. They're an A+ organization.

Mark189

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust since 2006. I am very proud to have done a small part in furthering its mission to save hallowed ground. President Jim Lightizer and his staff are very committed to their mission and it is quite rewarding to walk on the battlefields we have helped save. The Civil War Trust is my favorite and most trusted non-profit and I have left a legacy for them in my will.

Scantu

Donor

Rating: 5

I am someone who appreciates the history of our nation and those special places that we can visit to learn from our past. I thus support those organizations that have the mission to preserve these special places, and who also strive to educate others on the significance of these special places. I grew up in Virginia and developed a particular interest in the Civil War as a result. I recall visiting Antietam, Harper's Ferry, Gettysburg, and Manassas as a 4th and 5th grader (a LONG time ago!) and thinking how 'cool' it was to visit the actual locations where history was made - I certainly did not understand the strategy of the over all campaigns, but that did not matter. I walked on the Burnside Bridge, on Bloody Lane, in Devil's Den, and visited the Stone House - I stood on the Hallowed Ground where brothers fought each other and that made an impact on me. I recall thinking what a good thing it was that these locations were saved so that people like me could visit and appreciate what happened there. For me - it simply brought the classroom lessons and textbooks to life!

Today I look back and count 17+ years that I have been a proud member and donor of the Civil War Trust. There are numerous organizations that I could have chosen, but I've selected the CWT because it is first and foremost, extremely effective with the funds it collects and increases these funds greatly by doing a fantastic job collaborating with other groups to match donations. The CWT is a very well run, well organized team that has strong committed leadership. The CWT team has a passion to save our civil war battlefields and has implemented a number of tools to educate and to create an understanding of the events that took place on our nation's hallowed ground, including on line tools and maps. I've attended several CWT events/tours including the 4 most recent annual conferences and each has been superbly organized and informative.

For my stated interest to preserve and to educate, the Civil War Trust earns an A+ and I look forward to help to continue the mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The mission of the Civil War Trust is to preserve9 our history by rescuing land that once saw war between our countrymen. The professionalism and dedication of this organization's board to execute this is unmatched as demonstrated by the many awards and accolades the CWT has EARNED. I have attended several annual conference and have always come away even more energized, passionate, and extremely proud of the work we do. It is an organization made up of men, women, and students. The mix is diverse - some are retired, some are recent graduates, some are educators, some are spouses who come along for the comraderi - but we all share a common purpose, and we all are making a contribution and one heck of a difference together! I am a member of a few organizations, but none is run and managed more effectively than the Civil War Trust!

Donor

Rating: 5

i am a serious student of the Civil War and my favorite experience is going to battlefields and actually walking the ground hallowed by the blood of Americans on both sides of this horrible war. Ensuring that others may also have this experience is, therefore very important to me. I have been a member of the Civil War trust for many years and have been amazed at the incredible work done to preserve this crucial heritage for all Americans,repeatedly saving these hallowed grounds form becoming subdivisions, malls or OMG! casinos. The land purchased by the Trust is forever protected. There work is so important, we are all fortunate to the Trust working for us. Everyone should pitch in!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an ardent supporter of The Civil War Trust (CWT) for the past 10 years initially as a Regimental Color Bearer and shortly thereafter as a Division Color Bearer (Color Bearer program represents top supporters). The CWT is the foremost organization dedicated to preserving hallowed American Civil War battlegounds where so many of our ancestors struggled to define American rights and freedoms. Every member of the CWT staff exhibits a deep desire and concern for this endeavor and demonstrate a financial stewardship rarely found in most organizations of this type. The CWT is committed to educating the public on the historical significance of the Civil War and its associated historical sites toward shaping subsequent American culture and ongoing freedoms.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member for ~15 years. Growing up in California, the Civil War was a distant place. Then the Army assigned me to Washington DC. As a military history buff, this assignment put me in the "heart of war". My family and I have visited a number of battlefields (Bull Run, Balls Bluff, Antietam, Gettysburg, Ft Donelson, Fredricksburg, Winchester, etc.) Having family who fought on both sides, visiting this battlefields brings history alive! I am an active donor, having contributed to over 150 fund raising campaigns. I enjoy the battle maps and over the years, I am pleased to see that more land has been acquired for our future generations to come visit these battlefields.

I view my participation with the Civil War Trust as one small way to give back to my country and the generations that follow.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of, and donor to, the Civil War Trust for more than two decades. As the years have passed and my ability to be a bit more generous has increased, I have moved the Trust to near the top of the list of organizations I support; I recently reached the "Regimental Color Bearer" donor level.

I consider the mission of the trust---working to preserve our Civil War battlefields, protecting the land, and educating the public about the significance of these areas in the history of our country---to be meeting critical needs. Many of the battlefields are not only important historical sites, but also are located in lovely rural landscapes that are a joy to visit. (Thus my preference for the quiet, peaceful glories of the Maryland countryside at Antietam over nearby, better-known Gettysburg.) The Trust has made critical contributions by protecting these sites against some of the worst incursions of our "modern" society, and is by far the leading organization nationally that continues this 21st century battle.

The materials produced by the Trust are helping current and future generations to understand the role of the Civil War in the development of our country. I particularly appreciate the even-handedness and impartiality of the Trust in presenting that history in ways that avoid demeaning either side in the struggle. I also was pleased to learn of the Trust's recent efforts to assist in preserving the Princeton battlefield of the Revolutionary War.

The Civil War Trust offers its membership a wide range of opportunities to assist in preserving battlefields in various regions of our country; one can pick and choose according to one's own predilections. I consider it a privilege to be able to support the Civil War Trust in carrying out its mission.


G. Richard Wynn
Haverford, Pennsylvania
October 12, 2015

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about this worthy organization. Their work preserving our Nation's heritage and ensuring that ground hallowed with the blood of gallant men demonstrates a commitment many groups lack and, equally important, they are the benchmark of nonprofit efficiency. I know that my donations aren't being wasted on unproductive overhead and actually help the the Civil War Trust obtain even more funding through matching funds, often at a 10:1 increases. I only regret that I did not begin donating sooner!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is helping save critical civil war real estate that otherwise would be lost to development. The Civil War is what defined us as a country and Americans need to save this hollowed ground for current and future generations so that they may walk over this blood stained ground and get some sense of the brutal battles that helped to form our great country. Multi media is fine but we can not afford to lose the actual real estate of these many battles. Because of the Civil War Trust's ability to partner with other organizations as well as with state governments I know that my donations will save these battle grounds forever. What a great gift to the American people.

Donor

Rating: 5

Having been a member of the Civil War Trust for over 20 years, I can not think of a better organization dedicated to preserving our Nations history for future generations! This is very important to me since I taught US History for over 36 years. Young people today need a hands on experience ( Battlefield visits) rather than just a book to really make a strong connection to their past.The actions of the Civil War Trust and its donors are insuring this experience for years to come.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the CWT for over 20 years. I firmly believe in the mission of the CWT which is to preserve and protect the Hallowed Grounds upon which the Civil War was waged. The CWT does a tremendous job. If you have never visited a Civil War Battlefield, please do so, and you will understand the importance of preserving these areas.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I consider The Civil War Trust to be one of the most important charities I donate to. I have visited numerous battlefields over the years, so when I get a request from Jim Lighthizer that there is land to be saved at a specific site, I can visualize how it can impact the battlefield experience. The maps the Trust sends are a wonderful history lesson and have made me want to see more. The magazine Hallowed Ground is a comprehensive look at various aspects of the war. Having peered thru the forest at The Wilderness or stood on the edge of the cornfield at Antietam or looked out over the field of Picketts charge at Gettysburg I have a desire to help preserve so others may experience what I have. I have complete confidence that every dollar I give is being put to it's best use.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member for about a decade. The Civil War Trust does an excellent job preserving our historic sites. Many of these locations are at risk of being lost due to development and sprawl. The Civil War Trust does a great job monitoring these threats and saving land for future generations.

1 Brian108

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sustaining CWT member for well over a decade and I have seen the Trust work wonders when it comes to battlefield preservation. I am a teacher from Iowa so I cannot visit these battlefields at will. However, the Civil War Trust has done an amazing job at preserving land so that when summer comes, I can actually visit and explore the battlefields they protect. Not only do they preserve battlefields, the Trust does an amazing job at interpretation and engaging Civil War enthusiasts of all ages with 21st century technology and social media. With the Civil War Trust, battlefields from Pennsylvania to Missouri have been saved for all to enjoy!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the Civil War Trust since 2002 and since I live (Iowa) far away from most battlefields, the Trust gives me a great opportunity to help preserve Civil War battlefields. They are great stewards of our donations not only for battlefield preservation, but also for education and interpretation. Without the Trust, many battlefields would be lying under pavement, houses, or destroyed by other development. Because of the Trust, these pristine battlefields can be enjoyed by generations of history enthusiasts!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We chose the Civil War Trust as a charity to support, over 200 gifts in 17 years, because we recognized it was committed to preserving Civil War battlefields so history could be seen and not just read about. Civil War Trust is very efficient and frugal with resources, matching contributions with other resources thereby multiplying the impact of our contribution. Civil War Trust has the highest Charity Navigator rating so we don’t have any qualms about donating.

The Trust’s missions are to save battlefield land and to provide education. Saving battlefield land permits future generations to experience the terrain and get a sense of the difficulties during the battles. The Trust works with other preservation organizations to accomplish preservation and is especially active at the state and local levels.

To help explore the battlefields the Trust has created a wonderful website that has videos, historical maps, battlefield apps and animated maps. Each media type presents a different type of education. They are all free and teachers may use them. The Trust conducts seminars to help teachers understand Civil War history.

Also, the Trust conducts tours that are always well run and have excellent guides and historians. We always learn a lot from the tours regardless of how much we knew before the tour.

We highly recommend the Civil War Trust as a charity to consider in your giving plan.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is a very efficient charity with a dedicated staff. I have high confidence that our contributions are well spent. CWT is effective at obtaining matching funds so our contributions can preserve more battlefield land and provide education about important events during the Civil War. The conferences are educational and well run, CWT has well known historians explain Civil War battles by leading tours that walk the same ground as the troops that fought there. These tours provide me with a historical insight I cannot get elsewhere. CWT is my choice to achieve Civil War education and battelfield preservation. (member since May 1999; 138 gifts).

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a contributing donor to the Civil War Preservation Trust for the past 14 years; and have provided 64 different donations to the organization since then. I will continue to do so and have arranged donation of a part of my estate after my demise.
These people speak my language and know what is important; as a recently retired National Park Service Ranger from a premier Civil War battlefield (Gettysburg)I have seen firsthand the positive impact this organization has made and continues to make on preserving so much of our national story. In all my contacts with the staff of this organization I have experienced nothing but true profressionalism and a real passion for historic preservation. Since no other organization has stepped up to meet the challenge and the Park Service continues to experience budgetary restrictions the CWPT has also commenced preservation efforts to conserve our Revolutionary War sites. I am truly encouraged by these efforts; I spent 5 years in Boston prior to my service at Gettysburg; maybe the grounds at the Bunker Hill Monument where "a thousand men lay bleeding" upon its slopes on 17 Jun 1775 will become more than a dog poop park.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contribting to the Civil War Trust for about 20 years and will continue to do so until I die as well as leave a bequest when I do die. When I visit a Civil War battlefield I have a sense of awe for what transpired there. This was war on our own land between soldiers on both sides who believed firmly in what they were fighting for. Their courage annd their sacrifices cannot be overestated and shouod never be forgotten. Civil War battlefields were made hallow by their blood and we today owe it to them to preserve that land as sacred. The Trust spends an exremely high percentage of donations on its mission because so much of the administrative work is by unpoaid voliunteers and the Trust is run with great efficiency. Being retired and on a limited fixed income, I have had to curtail the number of charities to which I donate. But I will always find funds to support the Civil War Trust. I stoongly encourage everyone to support the Civil War Trust to the fullest extent they can.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust for 15 years and am proud to have donated 150+ gifts to help the preservation of Civil War battlefields. I like the way CWT partners with other preservation groups, the efforts made to keep CWT members apprised of the work being done to save our history, and the efforts to educate young people so that our Civil War history is never forgotten. MY wife and I have visited many battlefields, large and small, and every time I find a sign with the CWT emblem I know that we are doing everything we can to protect this hallowed ground for future generationsl.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust for more than a dozen years. It was the Civil War Preservation Trust when I first joined. The name has changed and mission has grown through Campaign 1776 to include Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites in addition to the core mission of preserving Civil War battlefields. My wife and I have upgraded our membership over time and are currently Regimental Color Bearers.

To see land that was either endangered or once thought lost to be protected or reclaimed again and again is outstanding. Whether it’s at a well-known site such as Gettysburg, PA or more remote locations like Glorieta Pass, NM or Palmito Ranch, TX the Trust’s staff does not hold back. They treat each preservation opportunity with the same level of commitment. I have contributed to individual efforts that were focused on as few as .3 acres to campaigns that saved hundreds of acres at a single battlefield.