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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 47,000 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

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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

The Civil War Trust is an exceptional organization, and one that I'm truly proud to support.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is one of the few organizations I am sure will use the money it receives to preserve historic land and ensure that future generations can learn the history of our country. I am always consumed with the feel of the battle every time I have visited a site.
We do not need commercial development destroying our history.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been associated with the CWT for a number of years and like to direct my donations to specific areas. The Trust has been helpful with my needs and are stewards of preservation. They do really good work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Have given regularly over the years for several reasons:
1. It is a completely worthwhile mission--leaving tangible part of our nation's history for future generations.
2. Leadership of the organization is consistent and communicates on a regular basis about what is happening both within the organization as well as within the preservation environment.
3. The CWPT are excellent stewards of donated money. They are just as passionate as the donors and every possible cent is spent toward achieving the mission. Very little overhead or collection costs. They also always try to leverage donations with other funding sources.
4. There is a very profound and sincere appreciation expressed by CWPT for any and all donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust for 8 years and have contributed to over 100 initiatives to save Battlefields and preserve our Heritage. The results, while unique to saving and preserving this particular history, are exemplary for any charitable organization. The goals, achievements, and involved staff are extraordinary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust has been part of our giving for 7 years. We have contributed to over 70 history saving initiatives. The Trust has faithfully and efficiently focused on preserving this essential part of our Heritage. The Civil War Trust is the single best way to save these hallowed fields.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a contributor since this organization was founded as the Association for the Protection of CW Sites almost 30 years ago. I have nothing but respect for the organization, its vision, its mission, its leadership and its integrity. Pat Marriott, Wilmington NC

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to Civil War Trust for many years with over 60 contributions. A great organization that preserves our priceless history.

Sharon158

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust (CWT) for almost ten years. The CWT is the premier organization dedicated to preserving hallowed ground of battlefields where the Civil War was fought. I have been to many of these sites and have donated to the CWT and other entities to ensure these lands are preserved so present and future generations can come to these deathless fields to ponder and dream.

Donor

Rating: 5

The CWT does great service providing people with the chance to have enhanced battlefield experiences. These important places are now often larger, more complete, and better explained through the CWT's work. I have been a member since 2003 and have contributed to 120 campaigns CWT has organized with many like-minded partners to secure threatened battlefield land and deed it to prosperity. CWT and its members are passionate about saving battlefield land. Be on the right side of history and join us.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! They are efficient and effective, practical and highly successful in setting and achieving goals. Their mission is laudable in preserving battlefields for future generations to experience these places in person. Through their efforts towards educating the public about the costs of war as well as inspiring the public by preserving places where the heroism of American citizens took place, the CWT actively strives to make us proud of our country and freedoms, purchased so dearly by the lives of those who fought on the battlefields. Their website is an excellent research vehicle and has intriguing animations and videos to help bring the Civil War era alive. I have given to their special campaigns regularly and recently joined their color bearers monthly donation plan.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a genealogist, I was curious to learn whether any of my ancestors had served in the Civil War. I located many men, no women!, and tried to trace as many of their descendants as I could. I must have seen an ad somewhere in my research for the Trust and started donating several years ago.

I'm retired now and don't have as much money to give, but I love to leverage my money against the many grants the organization is able to line up ahead of requesting money. Most recently, a 1:10.14 match opportunity existed. How can you not help out?

I haven't been able to visit many battlefields yet, but I rest easy knowing that I'm doing what I can to preserve them so I can take my time in visiting them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Civil War Trust is an outstanding organization of which I am proud to be a part. Without the CWT, much of our heritage would be lost. I am proud that the CWT keeps its overhead low so that donations go to the work of preserving battlefield land. I have been a member for about 10 years and try to give during each campaign. I am particularly happy to give to help preserve Antietam and South Mountain because they are near where I lived for many years.

I am especially proud that the National Park Service has recognized the CWT's leadership in battlefield preservation and has asked us to help save Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields as well. This is solid recognition that the foremost organization in the United States for preserving battlefield land is the Civil War Trust. It is both a blessing and a curse that most major battles that occurred on American soil occurred in highly populated areas. It is very important that the CWT save as much of our heritage as possible before it is too late. Our heritage is greater than the Civil War and we need to preserve as much as we can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust for over 10 years and the Trust does an outstanding job of preserving our heritage. In addition to saving hallowed ground for future generations, the Trust is also the leading organization for providing educational materials for educators so that the Civil War will be taught with the thoroughness it deserves. Finally, the Trust has been in the forefront of applying technology to the study of the Civil War through the development of mobile apps to interpret major battlefields. The Civil War Trust is the premier organization for preserving Civil War battlefields and preserving the history of the Civil War for posterity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first noticed an organization spending money on out of the way battlefields 19 years ago- the Association for The Preservation of Civil War Sites. I joined and it has grown and developed into The Civil War Trust- again spending money on battlefields, both out of the way and major. I feel that every dollar that I send them is going to purchase or enhance a limited treasure, important land that my American people bled upon.
This applies to The Revolutionary War as well where again my people bled and died. I can only state that this organization does what it says it will do and does it well!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In the mid 1990's I visited battlefields with signs and markers generated by The Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, I realized then and there that this was an organization I wished to donate to. I already was a member of The Civil War Trust as it existed in the 1990's.

What a benefit when they merged and morphed to a dedicated land acquisition and preservation group . I feel that more has been done by this private group to preserve and encourage American Battlefield heritage than has been done since the veterans themselves did in the immediate post Civil War years.

I feel that any donation to The Trust is an investment in United States history and I gladly contribute
with frequency.

ExRad

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member and donor of this organization, and am very proud to say that I have been a part of its efforts. History and preservation are very important to me. I could not imagine a world without either, and was very pleased when I was introduced to the group. In my personal life, I strive to honor my commitments and to do what I say I will do. As for the Trust, I never hesitate to pledge my support when called upon because I trust that this group will do what it says, and has consistently proven its ability to save hallow ground. I urge others that are interested in preservation and protecting our Civil War treasures to join this group and be a part of its accomplishments. Is very rewarding to visit a site, to see your name on a plaque, and know that you were a part of the success. I cannot Thank the trust enough for what it has done.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thanks to the efforts of the Civil War Trust thousands of students in the present and future will be able to witness and celebrate the sacrfices and lives of 850,000 Union and Confederates who died to make the United States OF America rather than the United States IN America as it was prior to 1860. Unfortunately, our education system has failed to give our youth a historical background to fully appreciate what we have. I urge everyone to join me in supporting this great charity. $100,000 + donor

Donor

Rating: 5

Member of CWT or CWPT for 17 years. CWT is efficient, visionary and flexible in both strategy and tactics. The strategy has been expanded to include preservation of battle grounds of the revolution in addition to those of the civil war. CWT seeks (and often gets) support of national, state, and local organizations to achieve the goals. CWT is a premiere model of what excellent leadership and efficient practices can do. I am proud to be a member and to know that future generations will benefit from my support. Bill Toombs - Phoenix, AZ

Donor

Rating: 5

I' e been donating to the Trust and its predecessor organizations for over 20 yrs. Most Americans are far to quick to quick to forget and most of the trendy social institutions simply encourage that view so they can supply their own message.

The Civil War doesn't require spin - it requires land so people can see and understand what happened and its consequences. Given the Trust's high conversion rate of donated dollars into land - not first class airfare and other perks - I have - and will gladly - continue to make it my major charitable beneficiary.

Donor

Rating: 2

I contribute to the Civil War Trust for a number of reasons but primarily because of the excellent work the organization is doing preserving "hallowed ground" and doing the job that the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior has failed to do. Having said that, the organization only gets two stars due to its recent "mission creep" into preservation of battlefield acreage from the Revolutionary War and, I fear, other conflicts over time. That is the work of another organization, not this one. I have pulled back on my contributions in 2015 as I watch for further loss of vision.

Donor

Rating: 5

An absolutely stellar organization! Donate with confidence knowing that your dollars will be applied to their fullest, by a team of results-driven passionate professionals. I truly cannot say enough positive things about the energetic constant champions that make up the Civil War Trust!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust for over 15 years. Their dedication to preserving an important part of our national history has been very impressive throughout that period of time and I also appreciate their efficient and effective stewardship of the funds that they raise. From a customer service aspect, the leadership and staff do an excellent job responding to requests, keeping the membership informed, and maintaining a strong focus on the organization mission.