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AOS: Give Now

With a charitable contribution to the American Ornithological Society, you can help AOS achieve impact where it matters to the society and to you.

Contributions may be made via check, major credit card or debit card, or by authorizing a direct withdrawal by electronic transfer from a bank account. Electronic payments are processed by PayPal, Inc., and received by AOS; you may choose to make a one-time donation of any amount or make a recurring donation of a specified amount that is deducted on a monthly basis. We are also able to accept contributions of other types of assets—see below for more information.

By credit card, debit card, or direct transfer

Donate with your credit or debit card or via a direct bank account transfer by clicking on the PayPal button below:


By check

Checks should be made out to the American Ornithological Society.

Mail to:
American Ornithological Society
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Other Ways to Give

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. Please contact AOS Executive Director Melinda Pruett-Jones at 312-665-7936 or 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 AOS Executive Director Melinda Pruett-Jones at 312-665-7936 or for wire transfer information, or direct them to mail a check payable to the American Ornithological Society to

  • American Ornithological Society
  • 1400 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

with the following information:

  • Your name
  • The purpose of your gift
  • 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 Melinda Pruett-Jones at 312-665-7936 or

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.

AOS is committed to work with you to ensure that your gift will do great things for the ornithological community and for birds.

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