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 have been a member of the Civil War Trust since its beginnings as the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and have made well over 125 contributions to the organization. As an avid Civil War buff and direct descendant of Civil War veterans, I am excited to support an organization dedicated fully to the preservation of the fields of honor where so many brave Americans fought and died for causes they believed in. I am also very excited by the CWT's foray into preservation of Revolutionary War sits as well. This is a world class organization that is fully dedicated to its mission.
Having had two great grandfather's serve in the Union Army in the Civil War, I feel very strongly that these sites need to be preserved and the best way to do that is through the Civil War Trust. This organization is highly trustworthy and is very effective in fund raising as well as seeking legislation to preserve our heritage. Once these sites are lost to development they are lost forever so the need is great to stop losing sites to shopping centers, etc. These historic areas belong to all American's and we all need to see that they are there for future generations.
Having had 2 great grandfathers in the Civil War my interest has been there for many years. And Civil War Trust is so very important to all Americans in helping to preserve our history. Because as we all know, once it's gone it's gone. This organization has been instrumental in keeping commercial development from encroaching on battlefields and historic places. Just as we would not want a T-shirt shop next to the Lincoln Memorial, the same is true of Civil War sites............and the Civil War Trust helps to prevent this. I have been a contributor for many years and will continue. This is a very worthwhile nonprofit organization that I am proud to support.
I have supported the Civil War Trust for over 8 years now. I am very impressed with their dedication to save battlefield lands that otherwise would be lost forever. In addition, they are an excellent source of information and education.
I have always enjoined reading history and focused on the Civil War during its Centennial in the 1960's. Further fueling my interest is when I discovered two of my great-grandfathers had fought with the 3rd and 33rd Wisconsin regiments during the war. The Civil War Trust became a natural fit that I have gladly contributed to for nearly 20 years. Besides saving battlefields from further development and encroachment, CWT provide educational opportunities, including terrific maps and videos, conferences, and a wonderful magazine keeping me updated on current projects and fascinating historical articles. Their contribution to preserving our heritage and providing an educational backdrop for future generations is immeasurable. Thank you CWT!
I have been supporting this nonprofit for 14 years after i visited my first Civil War battlefield sight. Since then i have visited over 70 sites in 9 states. I have found this organization is the only national one that is saving the land from the Civil War period of our history. The destruction of these land will forever lose the opportunity for further generation to understand a crucial period of our history. I am proud to support the Civil War Trust.
The Civil War Trust is one of the most, if not the most, effective organizations in stemming the alarming decline in the average American’s understanding of the critical and transforming events in our nations history. Preserving battlefields as “outdoor classrooms” and promoting education regarding the period is a most worthy mission, and the Trust does it very well indeed. The Trust believes that if a nation does not understand its past, it cannot make intelligent choices about its future. I have been a member forever and served on its Board. I think I am coming up on my 100th individual contribution to its land acquisition and educational programs. It has been money well spent. Finally, the staff is incredibly talented, dedicated and efficient…the best I have ever seen in any not-for-profit organization.
I've been giving to this organization since it was first formed over 25 years ago. At that time the need for protection of the battlefields from rapid development was desperate and since then over 40,000 acres have been saved. The land protected is not only set aside because it is historic but it also adds to our park system and to the natural beauty of the cities, towns, and neighborhoods nearby. In these 25 years I've written over 160 checks to the trust and though I am now retired I intend to keep on giving. I've come to regard my donations as possibly the most important thing I've done in my life.
This is, by far, my favorite charity. I feel privileged to be able to contribute to an organization that is passionate about preserving land, which, in this case, is preserving history. Additionally ,not only is history being preserved, but this land serves as a constant reminder of the sacrifices made to preserve our freedom. Finally, in an ever-crowded world, we are preserving greenspace for the enjoyment of all.
Forty years ago, I visited a number of Civil War battlefields and was surprised at the poor state of the sites and the incomplete land area of the various battles. The CWT is saving so many historic areas and I am proud to play a small role in working with the Trust to save as much historically significant land for future generations as possible.
I have been a regular contributor to the organization now known as the Civil War Trust since the 1990s. I made a decision to support the CWT on a regular basis based on the following...
1. I agree with its mission. America's history, in the form of significant structures, historic sites, and battlefields was being lost to development. Purchasing up significant battle sites and incorporating them into existing parks , or establishing new parks with local organizations makes sense. I also support the CWTs' efforts to involve students and assist educators with different summer programs.
2. The CWT keeps its contributors informed with detailed solicitation letters, follow up communications, etc.
3. The CWT has kept its fund raising and administrative costs low. The CWT appears to be well managed. The four star rating from Charity Navigator is a reflection of that management.
I have been a regular contributor to the CWT and its predecessor organization for over ten years. The CWT has earned my support for the following reasons--
1. They make their case for with each contribution request. Each request for a contribution includes a synopsis of the significant events that took place on that site, the current status of the site (including matching contributions and government grants pledged to date), what level of support is needed from CWT members, and a timetable on when this transaction will close. Most important the mission of the CWT (the preservation of battlefields, and educating Americans about the Civil War) is important to me as an American.
2. The focus of the mailing is on the contribution request and why it is needed, not a useless giveaway. For the most part, the CWT does not send out useless throwaway gifts (i.e. cheap tote bags, note pads, pens, etc). More important--it does not try to make me feel guilty for "receiving" these valuable "free" gifts (which I usually throw out). I refuse to support charities that send me a lot of junk. The CWT does have a donation gift program-- Personally I wish they did not have the program. However, contributors usually have the opportunity to opt out of the program.
3. Relatively low admin and fundraising costs. Contributions fund the mission--not high executive salaries and related benefits. I review these costs when considering a contribution to a charity.
4. A long history of favorable reviews --Charity Navigator, BBB, etc. I worked hard all my life. I want my hard earned contributions to be used to support goals that are important to me, and I want the organization to be both efficient and cost effective. Over the years, The CWT has met these requirements.