30 Dec 2018

Two Days from the New Year, Three Reasons to Give

Two Days from the New Year, Three Reasons to Give

Tis the season for year-end giving, and I know that can mean some hard decisions. With so many worthy causes you could give to, I humbly submit three big reasons why the Trust should make the cut this year.

1) You can trust us. I hope you'll rest assured that every dollar you donate to the Trust will be leveraged to save as much battleground as possible, as efficiently as possible. Thanks to you, we've been at this for over three decades and have developed partnerships and practices to maximize our ability to achieve our mission without wasting a cent. You don't have to take my word for it though  you can check our rating with America's largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. In 2018 we were honored to be among the two percent of charities to receive 4 stars for 9 consecutive years.

2) Time is of the essence. Only about 20 percent of the land where the Civil War was fought is permanently preserved and the proportion is even lower for the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. The rest is either unprotected or has already been destroyed. The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) has already identified the most historically relevant battlefields for preservation and there are plenty still worth saving but we have to act quickly. Developers won't wait. If our generation fights to win, we can save these hallowed acres before they are paved over, forever.

3) You can further your impact. Thanks to some dedicated longtime supporters, any amount you contribute to the Trust before the end of 2018 will be matched up to $100,000, doubling your impact.

Our work is only possible because of you. Your support now will allow us to protect hallowed acres in Gettysburg, Richmond, and other battlefields around the country and start 2019 off strong. Please take advantage of the generous matching opportunity your fellow history lovers and preservationists have set on the table by making a tax-deductible donation to protect American history today.

Want even more reasons to donate to the Trust this year? Here's a sample of what your support has already made possible in 2018. Make a tax-deductible gift before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, and your donation will be doubled!

American Battlefield Trust

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