IUCN SOS is open to all members of civil society to join, offering universal benefits for all partners and collaborators including:
Return on investment: The SOS model has delivered numerous conservation successes to date including increases in wild populations of plants and animals (sometimes supported by ex-situ conservation efforts), the creation of protected areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the generation of hundreds of sustainable alternative livelihoods, several world-firsts in conservation techniques (for example, the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART)), as well as many grantees who have gone on to win awards acknowledging their dedication and successes in the field enabling them to further develop their projects and careers.
Efficiency: Because SOS aggregates and disburses funds in amounts that existing NGOs already operating in the field can use to achieve their projects' goals, SOS is an efficient tool for all scales of donations. For larger donors this offers the opportunity to distribute funding effectively while for smaller scale donors it offers the opportunity to leverage a contribution to greater impact by contributing to the portfolio.
Communications: SOS offers a communications platform for partners to highlight their commitment to species conservation, through their association with IUCN SOS as the dedicated species conservation grant-making facility of the world’s leading conservation organisation.
Alignment of goals: Actions performed by SOS grantees are aligned to international biodiversity policies and conventions to which nearly all the world’s governments are signatories. This is directly relevant for all governmental and public sector bodies and will resonate with individuals as well, because it highlights the strategic role SOS plays in helping us create a sustainable society living in a healthy ecosystem and within the planetary boundaries.
Participation: Depending on the level of commitment, participation activities range from helping to promote SOS via social media and word-of-mouth to designing custom SOS initiatives for larger scale donors.