With more than 25 years of experience in heritage land preservation, the Civil War Trust is ideally situated to lead a national effort to safeguard the battlefields where America earned its independence. Under our leadership, Campaign 1776 will utilize the same model of public-private partnership that has successfully protected more than 40,000 acres of 19th century battlefield land.
We can't save these threatened battlefields alone—we need help from concerned citizens like you. Your gift to Campaign 1776 will help us begin a new era in battlefield preservation, one that will leave a tangible legacy of hallowed ground to our children and grandchildren.
Campaign 1776 is administered by the Civil War Trust, which has cumulatively saved more than 40,000 acres of Civil War battlefield land. In fact, since 2001, the organization has saved four times more battlefield land than even the National Park Service. Land Saved by the Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust prides itself on being an efficient, high-output organization and has earned five consecutive 4-Star Ratings from the watchdog group Charity Navigator. In its report on the status of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields, the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program urgently recommended the creation of such a national advocacy entity, citing the Civil War Trust as “an excellent model for such an organization,” and, in 2013, proactively approached the Trust about expanding its preservation mission.
Through the innovative use of matching grants, in recent years, the Trust has multiplied every $1 donated by our members an average of almost five times over! It is not unusual to see a preservation opportunity where member contributions are leveraged 10- or 20-fold.
Success in our mission is tangible, measurable and verifiable. Before deciding to contribute toward a property’s purchase, you can see the land on a map and know exactly what history unfolded on those acres. We are not interested in just the quantity of land protected, but also the quality. View our current preservation opportunities.
The Civil War Trust doesn't accept government funds for operating expenses, and because the battlefields are so threatened, we don't have an endowment to fund—there is no time. All gifts are put to work purchasing and protecting Civil War battlefield land immediately.