Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 04/14/10

Civil War Preservation Trust Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Watchdog Group

Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity watchdog, recognizes Civil War Preservation Trust for outstanding fiscal management

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity(Washington, D.C.) – The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) is one of America’s best managed nonprofit organizations, according to Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator.  In a letter dated April 1, 2010, Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger announced that CWPT had earned a coveted 4-star rating from the esteemed watchdog group, its highest ranking for nonprofit charities.

“[The] Civil War Preservation Trust executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America,” notes Berger in his letter.  “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Civil War Preservation Trust from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

CWPT President James Lighthizer expressed appreciation for the award, saying: “In this difficult financial climate, it is essential that our members know we go the extra mile to make every donated dollar count.  The Charity Navigator 4-star rating is further evidence that CWPT delivers on its promise to save hallowed ground — and does so in a responsible, cost-effective manner.”

Berger echoed Lighthizer’s remarks, stating:  “savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they chose to support with their hard-earned dollars.”

Charity Navigator’s designation of CWPT as a 4-star charity comes in the wake of the most successful year in the organization’s history.  In 2009, CWPT helped to permanently protect 2,777 acres of hallowed ground at 20 different Civil War battlefields in five states.  The organization was able to do so because of the generosity of its membership, who made battlefield preservation a priority during the nation’s worse recession in decades.

Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities.  Its professional analysts examine tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents each year.  Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine have profiled and celebrated Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charities.  Charity Navigator uses its analysis to develop an unbiased, objective rating system that assesses the financial health of more than 5,000 of America’s best-known charities.  According to Charity Navigator, its rating system influenced more than $10 billion in charitable gifts in 2009.

With 55,000 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


(For more information about CWPT’s 4-star rating, visit


Jim Campi or Mary Koik, CWPT, 202-367-1861

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