Support HCWHA

You can help the Heart of the Civil War enhance ways that local history and culture contribute to our communities as vital places to live and work. 

Online Donations

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Follow this link to designate the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, Inc. as your charity of choice when shopping on Amazon. 

Community Investment Tax Credits

Download a printable handout here.

The Community Investment Tax Credit Program (CITC) is a Maryland program that provides tax credits to any eligible business or individual who contributes money, goods, securities or real property worth $500 or more to the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area in the 2018 calendar year.

  • At your request, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area will submit a request for the certification and forward the approved document certifying the tax credits. Your request for a CITC tax credit must accompany your donation and cannot be awarded retroactively.
  • This credit can be used, dollar-for-dollar, to offset Maryland taxes that you owe.
  • In addition, you can claim the full amount of your original donation – before the tax credit – on both your federal and Maryland income tax returns.
  • Depending on your tax bracket, this combination of tax credits plus tax deductions can significantly reduce the out-of-pocket cost of supporting the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

CITC Tax Benefits to an Individual Donor - Illustrative $1,000 Donation

  • Donation to Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area: $1,000
  • CITC Tax Credit: ($500)
  • Reduction in Federal Tax Obligation: ($396)*
  • Reduction in Maryland Tax Obligation: (57.50)*
  • Net Cost of Donation: $46.50

*Using the highest 2016 state (5.75%) and federal (39.6%) marginal tax rates are shown for illustrative purposes only. The net cost of your donation depends on your particular federal and state tax brackets. Any individual or business contemplating making a CITC donation is encouraged to consult a tax professional to determine the actual tax benefits.

Tax credits must be requested simultaneous with your donation. The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area has a limited number of tax credits available for 2018. To request a tax credit at the time of your donation, contact us to be sure they are still available:

Elizabeth Scott Shatto, Executive Director:, (301) 600-4042