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Civil War Trust

Saving America's Civil War Battlefields

94.67

1156 15th Street, NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (800) 298-7878   Web Site
EIN: 54-1426643

Board Leadership
Kirk Bradley
Chairman of the Board

CEO
James Lighthizer
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.67
  Financial 93.10
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

93.10

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.32
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Civil War Trust on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Civil War Trust on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Civil War Trust (DC) 94.67
American Society for Yad Vashem (NY) 85.42
World Monuments Fund (NY) 89.04
Blithewold (RI) 87.54
Archaeological Conservancy (NM) 96.31

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Since 1987, the Civil War Trust has been America's largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust's 49,000 members and 200,000+ Facebook fans have helped save over 42,600 acres of hallowed ground in 23 states. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to teach the public of the war's history and the conflicts that sparked it. Public education programs offered by the Trust include: Free GPS-enabled iPhone & Android Battle Apps, its quarterly Hallowed Ground magazine, annual Teacher Institutes, Civil War Discovery Trail, battlefield interpretation & Park Day. The Trust's educational website includes animated battle maps, videos, historic maps and photos, quizzes, lesson plans for teachers. Recent efforts have saved key land at Chancellorsville in Va., Shiloh and Franklin in Tenn. & Gettysburg in Pa. Saved battlefields also provide economic benefits including jobs to local communities.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,534,074
   Federated Campaigns $167,500
   Membership Dues $3,118,019
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,583,324
Total Contributions $23,402,917
   Program Service Revenue $154,945
Total Primary Revenue $23,557,862
   Other Revenue $349,785
TOTAL REVENUE $23,907,647
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,789,839
   Administrative Expenses $787,432
   Fundraising Expenses $1,837,159
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,414,430
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,493,217
   
Net Assets $92,994,136

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Preserving Civil War Battlefields $9,693,873 70.3%
Membership $2,804,388 20.3%
Education $1,291,578 9.4%

Ratings History
Civil War Trust has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.67
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 95.35
2014-12 03/01/2016 92.99
2013-12 08/01/2015 94.95
2013-12 04/01/2015 94.62
2012-12 12/01/2013 95.87
2011-12 02/01/2013 96.49
2010-12 07/01/2012 96.48
2010-12 02/01/2012 94.31
2009-12 09/20/2011 92.17
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 98.84
2008-12 04/01/2010 90.44
2007-12 10/01/2008 88.00
2006-12 11/01/2007 94.40
2005-12 10/01/2006 91.28
2004-12 08/01/2005 85.91
2003-12 09/01/2004 91.40
2002-12 08/01/2003 88.83
2001-12 04/15/2003 91.28

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 54-1426643
Name in IRS Master File CIVIL WAR PRESERVATION TR
NTEE Code A85
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$202,873 1.23% O. James Lighthizer President

Since 1987, the Civil War Trust has been America's largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust's 49,000 members and 200,000+ Facebook fans have helped save over 42,600 acres of hallowed ground in 23 states. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to teach the public of the war's history and the conflicts that sparked it. Public education programs offered by the Trust include: Free GPS-enabled iPhone & Android Battle Apps, its quarterly Hallowed Ground magazine, annual Teacher Institutes, Civil War Discovery Trail, battlefield interpretation & Park Day. The Trust's educational website includes animated battle maps, videos, historic maps and photos, quizzes, lesson plans for teachers. Recent efforts have saved key land at Chancellorsville in Va., Shiloh and Franklin in Tenn. & Gettysburg in Pa. Saved battlefields also provide economic benefits including jobs to local communities.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Civil War Trust (DC) 94.67
World Monuments Fund (NY) 89.04
The American Civil War Center At Historic Tredegar (VA) 92.16
Preservation Virginia (VA) 86.52
Connecticut Landmarks (CT) 88.10

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Charity Contact Info

Civil War Trust
1156 15th Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (800) 298-7878
fax: (202) 367-1865
EIN: 54-1426643

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Board Leadership

Kirk Bradley
Chairman of the Board

CEO

James Lighthizer
President

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