For Immediate Release: 02/21/12

Civil War Trust Earns Third Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

America’s leading charity watchdog recognizes group for its continued outstanding fiscal management

(Washington, D.C.) – For the third consecutive year, the Civil War Trust has earned a coveted 4-star ranking from Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator.  Only nine percent of charities assessed by the group earn this consistent level of recognition for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.  After evaluating recent financial and other documents, the watchdog group gave the Trust an overall rating of 64.31 on a 70-point scale.

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity“Savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars,” noted Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger, in his February 2012, letter announcing the honor.  “Your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way”

Trust President James Lighthizer expressed appreciation for the award, saying: “Again receiving Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating is a testament to this organization’s constant effort to be the best possible steward of our members’ donation dollars.  We understand that during our country’s ongoing economic difficulties, finding charitable causes that provide tangible results and inspire confidence has taken on increased importance to many people — and we pride ourselves on exceeding their expectations. ”

Charity Navigator’s latest designation of the Civil War Trust as a 4-star charity comes after a phenomenally successful year for the organization.  In 2011, the Trust permanently protected 2,042 acres of hallowed ground at 25 battlefields in 12 states.  Currently, efforts are underway to permanently preserve hallowed ground at Mill Springs and Perryville, Ky.; Bentonville, N.C.; Shiloh, Tenn.; and Cedar Creek, Fredericksburg and Gaines’ Mill, Va.

Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized independent 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 last year.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Please visit the Trust’s website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


  • Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 x7205
  • Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861 x7231

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