The Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies extensively on membership contributions, corporate sponsorship, foundations and our committed Volunteer Staff to conduct our work. We invite you to participate!

Your support helps to define and foster a value system, an underlying ethic that will literally determine what of the natural world will be preserved and what will be irrevocably lost. This legacy must be preserved and shared to endure for the benefit of our children, our grandchildren, and all of those who follow.

You can support the Center by becoming a Member, making a planned gift, joining our Corporate sponsors, providing in-kind support, and more.


Corporate and Business Sponsorship

Forward-thinking businesses can invest in our shared future by partnering with the Avian Conservation Center. Sponsoring the Center identifies your company’s commitment to conservation, education, and the Charleston region. Increase your company’s visibility with the Avian Conservation Center’s members, donors, volunteers and visitors while taking advantage of unique opportunities for meaningful employee and client experiences.

Contact our office at 843-971-7474 or at for a complete list of corporate benefits and ongoing sponsorship opportunities.


In-Kind Gifts

In addition to the many opportunities for outright financial support of the Center’s work, ongoing institutional needs for supplies, volunteer time, and other items offer ways for individuals to contribute much needed materials to the Center’s operation. Some of these items can be found on the Center’s Amazon Wish List.

For tax purposes, in order to disclose the value of in-kind gifts the donor must either provide a receipt of purchase for the donated materials or (in the case of artwork and other subjective material) provide a certified appraisal of the value of the donation.


Contribute by Phone

Call us at 843-971-7474 to charge by phone.


Contribute by Mail

Click here for a printable contribution form.

Please return forms to:

Avian Conservation Center

P. O. Box 1247

Charleston, SC 29402

All contributions to the Center for Birds of Prey are tax-deductible, as provided by law. The Center’s Federal Tax ID number is 57-0966813. For additional assistance, please contact our office at 843-971-7474 or at



Support by Volunteering

Since its beginning in 1991, the Center has relied on volunteer staff members to assist in carrying out its mission of providing medical treatment for injured birds, presenting educational programs to thousands of individuals each year, and conducting avian research and field studies that benefit the state and the entire nation. Our volunteers are as integral to our operations as are the birds themselves. It is only through the sharing of their time, experience, and passion for conservation that we are able to further our mission.


Volunteers comprise four key groups at the Center to provide operational support:

  1. Injured Bird Transport Volunteer
  2. On Campus Volunteer Staff
  3. Hawk Watch
  4. Citizen Science for Swallow-tailed Kites


For more information about volunteering at the Center, contact Kara Bale at 843.971.7474, email, or visit the Volunteer Staff page.


There are a variety of areas in which you can serve the Center’s mission. We encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity. New Volunteer Staff training programs are scheduled on a regular basis. Information about upcoming sessions will be posted on this site.


Volunteer Internship Program

The goal of the Center’s Volunteer Internship Program is to provide pre-professional, in-service experiential learning opportunities for students interested in environmental issues and ethics, avian medicine and rehabilitation, and/or relevant research.