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Saving Our Avian Resources, SOAR is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 dedicated to saving our avian resources through raptor rehabilitation, education, and research. SOAR maintains all necessary US Fish & Wildlife Service and Iowa DNR permits to provide the rehabilitation and education.

Here's how you can help SOAR!

Your direct donations - to SOAR or through PayPal - support our mission by providing patient care, ongoing care and support of our educational ambassador team, and help to provide educational programming.

Please click the 'Donate Now' button in the sidebar (you can note your category of support in the message line on PayPal) or send your donation to:

25494 320th St
Dedham, IA 51440

SOAR is a 501(c)3 and donations are tax-deductible, please contact your tax advisor if you have questions.


Support Patient Care

Bird patients, just like their human counterparts, are each unique. Treatment varies with each bird, but can include rehydration, special diets, de-worming, needing bandages, over-the-counter and prescription medicines, special therapirs, plus visits to one of our veterinarians for x-rays, surgeries, and evaluation.

No matter the donation, each bird receives the highest quality of care. Please send your tax-deductible donation marked 'Patient Support.'


Sponsor an Education Bird

Your annual sponsorship helps to defray food and medical costs for our fleet of 'educational ambassadors.' Often more than one individual sponsors one particular education ambassador.

Please send your tax-deductible donation marked 'Education Bird Sponsor' and indicate if you have an adoption (species) preference. Suggested sponsor levels:

Silver $120/year or $10/month kestrel, saw-whet owl, screech owl, long-eared owl, short-eared owl
Gold $240/year or $20/month red-tail hawk, great-horned owl, barred owl, peregrine falcon, gyrfalcon, snowy owl
Platinum $360/year or $30/month bald eagles


Sponsor an Educational Program

SOAR receives many requests for programs each year from student and community groups, requests for SOAR to be at public events, plus opportunities to present SOAR research at professional meetings. Often times, these groups and organizations cannot provide the suggested donation and we all lose out on the opportunity to reach new audiences. Attending and presenting at a professional meeting involves registration, lodging, meal, and fuel costs.

Your support can help provide education programming or help SOAR get to public events and professional meetings! Please send your tax-deductible donation marked 'Education Program Sponsor' and note if you want to sponsor a specific program. Your donation need not cover the entire cost, nor be specified to a group. Donations marked 'Education Program Sponsor' will be set aside just for these needs!


Other ways to help...

Donate needed items

Shop at the SOAR Store!

Unique gifts for you or someone else are available here. If you have questions about anything you see in the store, please contact us!

SOARRaptors Amazon Wish List!

Here is an easy way to support SOAR by purchasing needed items that are shipped directly to us via our Wish List! Please be sure to include your name and contact info in the "Gift Message" text box so we can send you a thank you and tax receipt!

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Other Donations

If you are interested in donating items to SOAR that are not directly related to patient and education bird's care and keep (items like photos or artwork, a vehicle, a deep freeze), please contact Terrie at SOAR to discuss your thoughts.

Attend a SOAR event, check the Upcoming Events page

Shop, Search, Dine and help SOAR

Download the GoodSearch toolbar to your browser (IE and Firefox compatible). Whenever you search using the GoodSearch search box, you can raise money for SOAR (there are some limitations, read about those at Whenever you shop online through GoodShop, you can raise money for SOAR. If you search the Internet, if you shop on-line, please use GoodSearch and GoodShop. If you dine out... check out the list of participating restaurants here, complete the registration, and each time you dine at a participating restaurant and use the registered credit card, SOAR receives a donation.

Write a review on Great Nonprofits!

If you love our work then tell the world! You have an exciting opportunity to help SAVING OUR AVIAN RESOURCES S O A R make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits - a site like Amazon Book Reviews or TripAdvisor - is a website where people can share their stories about nonprofits that have touched their lives. Won't you help us raise visibility and support for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. Yes, you need to sign up on the Great Nonprofits website, but the sign-up and adding your review takes hardly any time at all. Thanks for your help.


SOAR never sells, rents, trades, or otherwise shares our supporters’ names, mailing addresses, email addresses, or other personal information with any other organization. SOAR never sends out mailings on behalf of other organizations.

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