Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 07/19/05

Civil War Preservation Trust Named One of the Best Charities in America

Independent Charities of America (ICA) Awards Seal of Approval to CWPT

(Washington, D.C.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust is one of America's best non-profit organizations according to Independent Charities of America (ICA) and its affiliate Local Independent Charities of America (LICA). In awarding the ICA "Best in America" Seal of Approval, ICA President Miss Nancy Caldwell Mead said that the Civil War Preservation Trust meets the highest standards for charitable organizations.

CWPT President James Lighthizer expressed appreciation for the award, saying: "Our members know that CWPT works hard to make every donated dollar count. The ICA Seal of Approval will provide reassuring proof for our current and potential donors that we deliver on our promise to secure our nation's hallowed ground."

ICA was originally chartered as a tax-exempt federated group representing charitable organizations that participate in at-work employee charitable fund drives like the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The Civil War Preservation Trust is one of the 50,000+ charities eligible to receive contributions through the annual CFC campaign. Fewer than 3 percent of charities listed in the CFC are eligible to display the ICA Seal of Approval. CWPT will add the seal next to its CFC number, 2332, in the 2005 CFC booklet.

ICA organizes and prepares its member charities for effective participation in fundraising activities; screens and certifies these charities to assure that they meet the eligibility criteria to participate in fund drives; helps educate contributors about the work of these worthy causes; and provides secure, accurate and timely transmission of contributions from fund drives to the recipient charities.

With 70,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT's website is


  • Jim Campi (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861 


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