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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Historic Preservation: More Than Just Fixing Up Old Buildings

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently released its 2008 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The list includes important historical and cultural landmarks across the country, places that are facing uncertain futures. In a time when most donors are concerned with helping people in need, organizations working to restore and preserve historic sites may have a tougher time getting necessary funding. But before you write off this cause as unworthy, consider the long-term implications of losing these places. Also, keep in mind that historic preservation can have a significant economic impact on a local area, ultimately helping the people who live there.

If you're moved to contribute to this cause, we recommend that you use our site to do your research before giving to ensure that your contributions go to well-run organizations. While not all of the endangered historic sites have a corresponding charity featured on Charity Navigator, if you are interested in the broader issue of historic preservation, you can support the National Trust for Historic Preservation (a highly rated charity) or browse a list of charities working to preserve historic landmarks here.

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