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Civil War Trust Earns Fifth Consecutive 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

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

Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 x7205

December 4, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) - For the fifth consecutive year, the Civil War Trust, the nation's largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, has earned a coveted 4-star ranking from Charity Navigator, America's leading charity evaluator. 

"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 a letter to the Trust dated December 1, 2013.  "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."

The Trust continues earning accolades for its sound fiscal management and commitment to top-notch donor relations. Only four percent of charities assessed by Charity Navigator have earned this consistent level of recognition.  After evaluating recent financial and other documents, the watchdog group gave the Trust an overall rating of 65.87 on a 70-point scale.

"Receiving Charity Navigator's 4-star rating for the fifth consecutive time is a testament to this organization's constant effort to be the best possible steward of our members' donation dollars, while providing the utmost accountability, honesty and integrity." Trust president James Lighthizer said. "Our proven history of producing tangible results - permanently protecting more than 36,500 acres of historic hallowed ground - continues to inspire confidence and commitment in our supporters."

This is only the most recent accolade acknowledging the accountability and integrity of the Trust. In October, GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations, named the Trust a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit.  According to GreatNonprofits, recipients of their Top-Rated Nonprofit awards are chosen based on the large number of positive reviews garnered by the organization in online media.  These testimonials from volunteers, donors and clients provide an in-depth picture of individuals' personal experiences with the nonprofit.

"Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever," said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, "People with direct experience with the Civil War Trust have voted that the organization is making a real difference."

Further details about the Civil War Trust's designation as a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits are available at  Information about the 4-start ranking of the Civil War Trust by Charity Navigator is available at

Civil War Trust: Give with Confidence

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 36,500 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Please visit the Trust's website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration.