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...501(c)(3) organization

...Donations are tax-deductible


...1156 15th Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington DC 20005 


Washington DC | IRS ruling year: 1988 | EIN: 54-1426643  


The American Battlefield Trust (formerly known as the Civil War Trust) seeks to preserve our nation's hallowed battlegrounds and educate the public about what happened there and why it matters today. We permanently protect these battlefields for future generations as a lasting and tangible memorial to the brave soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Through the generosity of our dedicated members, we have preserved more than 53,000 acres of significant battlefield land in 24 states. We also educate the next generation about the sacrifices made to secure the freedoms we enjoy today. History education is the foundation of good citizenship and is key to developing the leaders of tomorrow. Battlefields are outdoor classrooms, and we bring to life the history of America's turbulent first century through outstanding educator resources, our award-winning magazine, cutting-edge digital productions, and engaging social media.



Moderate Concern Advisory for:
American Battlefield Trust

On February 25, 2022, The Wall Street Journal reported on a lawsuit in which American Battlefield Trust is a defendant in an article titled, "American Revolution Anniversary Group Is Accused in Lawsuit of Running ‘Boys Club’." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory as the allegations have yet to be confirmed. For more information regarding this matter, please see The Wall Street Journal article.

Charity Response

American Battlefield Trust has provided their response to this Advisory.

This charity has received a Moderate Concern Advisory due to an open or pending investigation regarding allegations of possible illegal activity, improper conduct, organizational mismanagement, or other matters of concern. Please note that this investigation has not concluded and that the allegations being investigated have not been confirmed by the U.S. legal system. Charity Navigator aims to provide donors and users with as much information as possible in order to make an informed giving decision. This advisory will be updated once we become aware that the investigation is completed. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

Rating Information


This charity's score is 96%, earning it a Four-Star rating.

This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Accountability & Finance, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, 5% Culture & Community. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for American Battlefield Trust is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

Rating Report

  • Impact & Results
  • Accountability & Finance
  • Culture & Community
  • Leadership & Adaptability
Accountability & Finance
Impact & ResultsAccountability & FinanceCulture & CommunityLeadership & Adaptability


Accountability & Finance


American Battlefield Trust has earned a 95% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View American Battlefield Trust's response.

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Accountability and Transparency
...Full Credit
...Partial Credit
...No Credit
...Not Applicable

Financial Metrics
...Full Credit
...Partial Credit
...No Credit
...Not Applicable
...Liabilities to Assets Ratio - 5.30% - 7.5/10 pts
...Working Capital Ratio - 7.12 years - 10/10 pts
...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.06 - 10/10 pts
...Administrative Expense Ratio - 4.10% - 10/10 pts
...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 11.30% - 7.5/10 pts
...Program Expense Ratio - 84.40% - 9.82/10 pts
...Program Expense Growth - 7.42% - 9.42/10 pts

Unscored Information

Total Revenue and Expenses Data Available
Salary of Key Persons Data Available
IRS Published Data (Business Master File) Data Available
Data Sources (IRS Forms 990) Data available
Pandemic Response Data available

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