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Civil War Preservation Trust Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/19/2014: Civil War Preservation Trust

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: CIVIL WAR PRESERVATION TR

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AKA  Civil War Trust
Washington, DC
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Civil War Preservation Trust Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/19/2014: Civil War Preservation Trust

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: CIVIL WAR PRESERVATION TR

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Also Known As: Civil War Trust
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20005 1717
EIN: 54-1426643
Web URL: www.civilwar.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A80 Historical Societies and Related Activities
B Educational Institutions
B99 Education N.E.C.
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C34 Land Resources Conservation
Ruling Year: 1988 


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Mission Statement

The preservation of America's significant Civil War 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.

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Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2014

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Mr. O. James Lighthizer

Profile:

President of The Trust since 1999, Jim is a native of Ohio and has lived in Maryland all his adult life. Early in his career he was employed by IBM Corporation, but after graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, he practiced law in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In 1978, he was elected to the Maryland legislature and in 1982 and 1986 to Anne Arundel County Executive. In 1991, he was appointed by Governor William Donald Schaefer to be the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, where he pioneered the use if ISTEA funds for battlefield preservation. Jim left government service in 1995 and re-entered the practice of law, as a partner with Miles and Stockbridge, a major Baltimore law firm. In 1999 Jim Lighthizer became President of the Civil War Trust, and has overseen the organization as it has saved thousands of acres of Civil War battlefield land.

Leadership Statement:

The Civil War Trust continues to build on our reputation as the premiere heritage land preservation organization in the country. There is no other entity — including the federal government in the form of the National Park Service — that is saving more hallowed ground than the Trust. What was even more remarkable is that we accomplished much success in the worst economy in living memory. While other similarly situated organizations are scaling back and laying off staff, we took a reasonable and responsible course of action to re-evaluate every expense, every expenditure and every project in light of the economy. This allowed us to press onward with our mission and achieve a level of success that surpassed all expectations. As we rapidly approach the war's sesquicentennial, we are committed to remaining the organization that is an effective and efficient steward of your donation dollar, consistently scoring well on all the national charitable rating services. As I look toward the future, I remain optimistic. We have a talented staff and the support of a strong, generous and involved Board. We have an enthusiastic and active membership that, along with our Board, help the organization continue to mature and progress. We continue to embrace new advances in technology to connect with donors and students of history. Finally, we have committed significant resources into continuing to cultivate the active participation of federal, state and local governments in the battlefield preservation process. With all of these essentials in place, I am confident that the Trust will remain the premier heritage land preservation organization in America for many years to come. James Lighthizer, President

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Program: Land Preservation (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Environment, General/Other
Population Served:
None
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Program Description:

The Civil War Trust's main program is land preservation: our mission is to save endangered Civil War Battlefields from development by buying the land and protecting it through easements. Much of the land that the Civil War was fought on is endangered due to development pressures. We only purchase land at fair market value from landowners who are willing sellers; by purchasing the land outright we can ensure that it is preserved and will never be developed. We have already saved over 39,000 acres of battlefield land, and we aim to save many more acres before it is too late. We have launched a Capital Campaign to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with a goal of saving an additional 20,000 acres over the Sesquicentennial. In 2013 the Civil War Trust made great strides in saving this land by preserving 2,738 acres. These tracts of land are part of great battlefields such as Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Brandy Station, Chickamauga, and Vicksburg.

Program Long-Term Success:

Our long-term goals are to continue to preserve thousand of acres of Civil War battlefield land. Over the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, we aim to save 20,000 acres of hallowed ground.

Program Short-Term Success:

Each year during the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, we aim to save 4,000 acres of significant land. Some tracts may be small in acreage, yet very significant in the war.

Program Success Monitored by:

We can easily determine how many acres we have saved because we are actually buying the land. Our results are tangible- we can go and walk the actual land that we save, and know that it will be safe from development pressures.

Program Success Examples:

We have saved over 39,000 acres of Civil War battlefield land, and we are well on our way to saving thousands of acres more. This land has either been incorporated into a National or State Military park, or we own the land and have creating walking trails and interpretive signage.

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Budget:
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Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Adults
None
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Program Description:

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. The Civil War Trust is the premier organization working to educate the public about the Civil War and its battlefields. Major recent advances in the Trust's education programs include the release of the Civil War Curriculum, the expansion of the Teacher Institute series, and continuing work on interpretation and content for the Trust's new Battle Apps for smart phones. The Trust focuses its educational efforts on five major areas: battlefield interpretation, in classrooms, on the web, at events, and in print.

Program Long-Term Success:

We hope to continue to reach hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the country with our education programs. Our Civil War curriculum, Battle Apps for Smart Phones, Traveling Trunk program, Animated Battle Maps, In4 Series of four minute educational videos, War Department web series, and Teachers Institutes will continue to help teach many people about the importance of the Civil War.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Civil War Trust education department has had a number of recent successes in the past year, and we look forward to continuing those successes while expanding our program to reach more students. We are creating new and exciting ways to engage both students and adults to teach them about the Civil War.

Program Success Monitored by:

We have a variety of ways to measure success in our education department. For example, we can count how many teachers register for our institutes, and how many students on average they will teach over the course of their career. We can also look at how many classrooms the Traveling Trunk travels to, and how many students are in those classrooms. We can also count how many downloads we have had for our Battle Apps, and how many people have watched our educational videos and maps on our website.

Program Success Examples:

In 2013 we had 4.5 million unique page views of our website, with 600,000 views of our new In4 hub, which holds all of our educational four minute videos about the Civil War. We also held our 20th Teacher Institute last year, which reached hundreds of teachers and thousands of students. Our new Teachers Regiment now has 150 teachers, and our new field trip fund has given 374 teachers and students the opportunity to visit battlefields. We continue to produce new Battle Apps, Animated Maps, Panoramic Maps, and educational content for our website.

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Budget:
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Category:
Mutual, Membership Benefit, General/Other
Population Served:
Adults
Other Named Groups
None

Program Description:

The Civil War Trust is a membership-based organization. Each quarter, every member receives our 48-page magazine Hallowed Ground, as a free educational membership benefit. The magazine highlights how their direct support helps preserve endangered Civil War battlefield land, advances the cause of education about the key period in our nation's history, and educates them directly on historical elements of importance about the Civil War and land preservation. We depend on our members to raise the money we need to preserve the battlefield land.

Program Long-Term Success:

Our goal is to maintain the number of members we currently have, with the hope that this number will increase with time. Because we rely on our members to donate funds needed to preserve Civil War Battlefield land, it is essential that we have a large pool of members to assist us with this.

Program Short-Term Success:

During the course of the past few years, while many non-profit organizations continued to experience declining membership, the Civil War Trust was able to recruit enough new members and reactivate lapsed members to maintain approximately 53,000 active members.

Program Success Monitored by:

We count the number of members based on how many individuals, couples, and groups have paid the membership fee for the year.

Program Success Examples:

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To date, the Civil War Trust has saved over 39,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. In 2013, we were able to leverage each dollar we raised from our members by a factor of 5 to 1, meaning that we succeeded in multiplying every donor dollar by $5 additional dollars of grant funds. Charity Navigator awarded the Trust with its highest 4-star rating for the fifth year in a row in 2013. The Trust's web platform continues to grow, with 4.5 million unique visitors in 2012. The most popular sections of this content-rich site are our iconic battle maps and detailed battlefield pages complete with our exciting new educational features. Combined with our quarterly award-winning magazine, Hallowed Ground, and our social media presence, the Trust's ability to communicate the importance of preservation efforts is far reaching.
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