Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

American Battlefield Trust

Preserve. Educate. Inspire.

four stars

94.17

1156 15th Street, NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 367-1861   Web Site
EIN: 54-1426643

Board Leadership
Thomas H. Lauer
Chairman of the Board

CEO
James Lighthizer
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.17 four stars
  Financial 92.33 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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 50,000 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.

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 50,000 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of acres of land protected
2,783
This impact information is current as of January 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

92.33

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.41
  Program Expenses Growth 3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Battlefield Trust on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Battlefield Trust on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $27,646,098
   Federated Campaigns $110,684
   Membership Dues $4,110,141
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $6,125,799
Total Contributions $37,992,722
   Program Service Revenue $193,471
Total Primary Revenue $38,186,193
   Other Revenue $338,415
TOTAL REVENUE $38,524,608
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,598,949
   Administrative Expenses $804,003
   Fundraising Expenses $2,212,115
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,615,067
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $19,909,541
   
Net Assets $127,854,194

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$261,920 1.40% O. James Lighthizer President

Mission

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 50,000 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.

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Charity Contact Info

American Battlefield Trust
1156 15th Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 367-1861
fax: (202) 367-1865
EIN: 54-1426643

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Board Leadership

Thomas H. Lauer
Chairman of the Board

CEO

James Lighthizer
President