Accreditation & Professional Memberships
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) charitable organization dedicated to protecting the majestic Bald Eagle, the USA's National Symbol, and its habitat by supporting and conducting eagle and environmental recovery and education programs.
The AEF cares for a collection of about 80 non-releasable birds of prey daily (including 47 eagles), which play an important role in its education and breeding programs. Also, numerous orphaned and injured raptors are rescued, rehabilitated and released.
The AEF is guided by a core commitment to the intrinsic value of all life and the need and right of both humans and non-humans to the basic necessities for living in ways characteristic of their species. Decisions made by the conservation group shall be based on this commiment and on what is best for the animals, individually and collectively, in a given situation.
The AEF holds U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency permits to conduct public education programs using trained non-releasable birds of prey, to leg band captive-hatched and rehabilitated birds, and to conduct raptor rehabilitation and release programs.
The AEF is a member of Animal Charities of America (affiliated with Independent Charities of America). Upon rigorous independent review, the AEF has been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that it meets the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.
These standards include those required by the U.S. Government (Office of Personnel Management) for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive employee fund drive in the world.
Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards.
The AEF is a member of the International Association of Avian Trainers & Educators (IAATE) that fosters communication, professionalism, and cooperation among those individuals who serve Avian Science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education. IAATE recognizes its role in and responsibilities to the continued existence of zoological parks, public and private institutions housing birds.