The American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) (AEF) is a 501 © (3) public charity, headquartered at Pigeon Forge, TN. It was established in 1985 to conduct public awareness and recovery programs directed toward national conservation of Bald Eagles.
In 2004, the "Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Act" authorized the U.S. Mint to create and market $5 gold, $1 silver and $0.50 clad commemorative coins during 2008. These Coins celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as well as the Bald Eagle's successful recovery in the U.S.A. The Act authorized surcharges collected from the sale of collectible Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins to be paid to AEF of Tennessee "to further its works," which includes grants for Bald Eagle Projects.
The U.S. Mint's 2008 Eagle Coin sales yielded $7.8 million in surcharges. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the monies, $5.8 million, were earmarked in the American Eagle Fund, hereafter called the Fund. This Fund supports priority bald eagle projects within the USFWS Regions (http://www.fws.gov/where/) of the United States. Projects may be conducted by state, federal and private agencies.