Dear CWPT Supporter,

Before the year comes to a close, I want to send along my heartfelt thanks for the support that you have shown this organization over the past twelve months. 2010 was another banner year for the Civil War Preservation Trust and for battlefield preservation. Looking back over a year of accomplishments I hope that you will feel confidence in knowing that your support produced real results.

We Do What We Say

We save Civil War battlefields, pure and simple. Over our history we have saved more than 29,000 acres of Civil War battlefield land. In 2010, with your generous support, we're now working to add an additional 1,400 acres of hallowed ground to the saved column.

2010 Highlights

  • Two vitally important Gettysburg tracts, totaling 12 acres
  • 49 Acres at Saunders Field on the Wilderness Battlefield
  • 10 Acres at the Second Manassas Battlefield
  • 84 Acres at the Spring Hill Battlefield
  • 782 Acres at Brandy Station

We Keep Our Expenses to a Minimum

In 2010, we spent just 3.3% of our expenses on administration, and just 8.3% on fundraising, meaning that 88 cents of every dollar we spent went directly toward specific battlefield preservation efforts, education programs and our public outreach activities.

I will stack those stewardship numbers up against any other non-profit in America.

  • In 2010, CWPT received Charity Navigator's 4-Star Charity designation – their highest award. Read Report »
  • GuideStar, designated us as a "Valued Partner"
  • The Independent Charities of America organization gave us their "Best in America" award

We Multiply the Value of Your Donations

Our Real Estate and Government Relations staff are constantly looking for matching grants that can be used with our battlefield appeals. In most cases the giving power of your donations will be magnified many times over.

2010 Highlights

  • $20 to $1 Match at Spring Hill
  • $116 to $1 Match at Brandy Station
  • $4.13 to $1 at Gettysburg-Power's Hill
  • $10 to $1 at Second Manassas

Want to learn even more?
Take the CWPT 2010 Year in Review Quiz

2010 was a busy year for the Civil War Preservation Trust and for Civil War battlefield preservation. Test your knowledge of the American Civil War and CWPT's actions.

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As an organization we are proud of all that we've been able to accomplish in 2010, but all of these accomplishments would be impossible if it was not for the support that we receive from you.

With Gratitude,

Jim Lighthizer

Jim Lighthizer
President, CWPT

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May 19-22, 2011
2011 Annual Conference
Manassas, Virginia
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