There are many options for supporting AOS’s mission. Explore what’s right for you!

By Check

Checks may be made out to the American Ornithological Society and mailed to the American Ornithological Society, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.


Recurring Monthly Donation

You can increase your impact on AOS’s programs by choosing to have your donation in any amount recur automatically every month. When you donate through PayPal, check the box labeled “Make this a monthly donation” and follow the instructions to authorize your recurring payment.


Employer Matching

Many employers have a program to match employees’ charitable gifts. Check with your employer to see if they have an employee matching gift program. If so, there will likely be required forms to fill out, and your employer can assist you as necessary. Mail your matching gift form to Crystal Ruiz, American Ornithological Society, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.

Another type of employer benefit is volunteer grant programs, which are corporate giving programs in which companies provide monetary donations to organizations where employees volunteer regularly. If you volunteer your time for AOS (for example, as a member of a committee), this is another potential way to multiply your support! As with charitable gift matching programs, check with your employer to see if this is an option for you.

For questions on how to submit an employeer matching gift or volunteer grant to AOS, please contact us.


Stocks, Bonds, & Mutual Funds

Many gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual funds result in a charitable deduction for the full market value of your contribution to AOS, even if you acquired the asset for far less. Donating securities also minimizes capital gains taxes. If you are considering a donation of this type, please contact us and we will provide you with the information needed for this type of gift transaction.


Charitable IRA Rollover

If you are 70½ or older, you may transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to AOS​. The amount of the transfer will not be included in your taxable income, and the transferred amount can count toward the IRA’s required minimum distribution for the year. This opportunity applies only to certain types of IRAs. Please consult with your financial advisor to see whether a charitable IRA rollover is a good choice for you.

IRA rollover gifts may be done via wire transfer or by check. Ask your IRA custodian to contact us for wire transfer information, or direct them to mail a check payable to the American Ornithological Society to the address above. Please include your name, the purpose of your gift, and confirmation that the funds are from a qualified charitable IRA distribution.


Life Insurance

You may transfer ownership of a life insurance policy to AOS and receive a tax deduction for the policy’s cash value. Gifts to AOS to cover premiums due may also qualify for a deduction. For information regarding this type of gift, please contact us.


Shop at Amazon

AmazonSmile offers a simple and automatic way for you to support AOS every time you shop, at no cost to you. You will find the same low prices, selection, and shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to AOS.

From the field

Congratulations to all of the recipients of this year's AOS awards! Our annual awards honor members for their research and volunteer work. The work of the 2020 awardees spans a diversity of ornithological disciplines from genetics to landscape ecology in a range of habitats around the world, as well as invaluable service to AOS and ornithology. This year’s slate of awardees represents just a small sample of the broad diversity of our members and the contributions they are making to the scientific study and conservation of birds. Learn more about all of them at the link in our profile! #ornithology #science #biologyThe charismatic Euphonia and Chlorophonia finches are small, colorful birds that inhabit forests and woodlands from Mexico to Brazil as well as much of the Caribbean, and how exactly they fit into the songbird family tree has been debated for 20 years. The researchers behind a paper recently published in The Auk used tissue specimens and study skins from every species in this group to generate 40 *billion* base pairs of sequence data, including nearly 5,000 loci from the nuclear genome and near-complete mitochondrial genomes for every species. This amazing dataset shows has helped resolve their relationships once and for all. It also suggests that this group likely dispersed from South America into the Caribbean and North America multiple times between 2 and 4 million years ago, lending support to a younger geological timeframe for the formation of the Isthmus of Panama than argued by some other recent studies. Photos by Daniel J. Field (University of Cambridge) and Tyler Imfeld. #ornithology #science #birds #wildlife #neotropicalbirds #taxonomy #biology #finchesOne final #NationalVolunteerWeek post! Meet Rebecca Kimball, longtime AOS volunteer and Treasurer of the society since 2015, one of the leaders helping shape AOS's future. We hope you've enjoyed celebrating Volunteer Week with us!Today for #NationalVolunteerWeek we're featuring Brian Peer, who's given his time to chair the AOS Research Awards Committee for the past eight years, leading the group that evaluates applications for Student Research Awards. Thank you, Brian!AOS is celebrating #NationalVolunteerWeek! Today, meet Kyle Horton, who volunteered his time to judge student presentations at last summer's AOS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.Today for #NationalVolunteerWeek, meet Lori Hargrove! Lori works at the San Diego Natural History Museum and is a regular reviewer for AOS journal The Condor. Scholarly journals can't function without reviewers like Lori, who volunteer their time to read and assess the papers that are submitted.We're celebrating #NationalVolunteerWeek! AOS couldn't function without the many members who volunteer their time to assist with our meetings, publications, awards, and other programs, and we'll be introducing you to one of those volunteers every day this week. Today, meet Juita Martinez, a PhD student who helped staff the registration desk at last year's annual AOS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska!
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