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For more than 130 years, the National Geographic Society has funded the best and brightest individuals dedicated to scientific discovery and understanding of our world.

Our historic commitment to dauntless exploration dates back to our founding in 1888 when 33 prominent scholars and scientists established an organization dedicated to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.”

Today, National Geographic Explorers are continuing to push the boundaries of knowledge, uncovering new insights about the natural and cultural worlds, and strengthening our connection to them and one another.

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Immerse yourself in the wonder of our world with science toys, photo books & more. Merchandise is catalogued within these collections: Books * Clothing & Accessories * DVDs & Documentaries * Maps * Toys, and * Interests.

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Our global community is composed of philanthropic, passionate, and determined changemakers — like you — from every corner of the globe. When you become a National Geographic Society member, you have the opportunity to further your impact, affect change, and leave a lasting impression on this earth. Your generosity is a commitment to curiosity — it helps us explore and protect the wonder of our world — all while receiving special benefits.  Membership at specified levels are offered: Contributing Member * Voyager * Discoverer * Geographer, and * Groundbreaker.


The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit organization committed to exploring and protecting our planet. We rely on the generosity of individuals like YOU to help us push the boundaries of knowledge through our work in conservation, discovery, education, and cultural preservation. When you donate to the National Geographic Society—together we change the world.

  • Donations at specified amounts are designated or you may customize your gift. Recurring gifts are encouraged.
  • Employer Matching Gifts: Many companies have a matching gift program for employees. Double or even triple your impact by exploring your employer’s matching gift programs.
  • Honor and Memorial Giving: Honor a friend or loved one’s passion for science, exploration, education, and storytelling by making a tribute gift in their name.
  • Planned Giving: Ensure that our important work will continue for future generations with a planned gift to the National Geographic Society.
    • Wills & Living Trusts: By including the National Geographic Society in your will or trust you can help protect and preserve wildlife, oceans, and cultural treasures for future generations.
    • Charitable Annuities: When you establish a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA), Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT), or Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) with the National Geographic Society, you and/or a loved one receive secure, regular payments for the duration of your life or a pre-set term. These gifts can be set up for one or two beneficiaries such as a married couple, life partners, siblings, parents, or friends.
    • Retirement & Other Assets: By naming the National Geographic Society as a beneficiary of your retirement account or life insurance policy, you make the most cost-effective gift you can, saving other less-taxed assets for loved ones.
    • Gifts of Stock: You can support critical research, exploration, and education programs around the globe and enjoy tax benefits when you make a gift of stock to the National Geographic Society. By making a gift of appreciated securities, you can avoid capital gains tax. The stock contributed must have been held by you for more than 12 months for you to receive the greatest tax savings.
  • Leadership Giving: Become one of our most dedicated and fervent supporters and make a lasting and significant impact on our work through a major gift. We are an impact-driven global nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas. We chase the big questions, challenge accepted beliefs, and push the boundaries of knowledge about our world in order to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for all. Our ultimate goal is to illuminate and protect our planet, one that provides for humanity and the multitude of other species with which we share the Earth. We believe that meaningful, lasting change for the better is possible — when we work together.
  • Corporate and Foundation Partnerships: We are always on the lookout for partners who share our passion to push the boundaries of exploration. Scaling our efforts around telling stories that change the world is critical to both how we understand our planet and its future. Through collaboration with National Geographic Partners, the media arm of National Geographic, we have the ability to amplify the impact of our Explorers and programs through a unique combination of media, events, and experiences—reaching audiences all over the globe. Our connections are crucial to our survival and our work is more important than ever, but we can’t do it alone. More than just a partnership, we aim to establish ongoing relationships.

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