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Retirement & Other Assets

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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. 

Call 800-226-4438 or email to find out how the legacy you leave can make a powerful difference for our planet.


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Three Ways to Give Assets

  1. Retirement Assets
    When you name the National Geographic Society as a beneficiary of your retirement account, you avoid the double taxation of federal estate and income taxes. It’s the most cost-effective gift you can make and allows you to leave other, less heavily taxed assets to your loved ones.
  2. Life Insurance
    Insurance policies that have outlasted their original purpose provide a wonderful way to create your conservation legacy. You can make the National Geographic Society a beneficiary on your life insurance policy or you can sign over a fully paid policy.
  3. Real Estate
    If you want to eliminate the burden of selling a property, reduce your taxable estate, and receive a charitable income tax deduction, you can leave a gift of real estate in your will to the National Geographic Society. Gifts of real estate can include homes, condominiums, apartments, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, and rental property.

The National Geographic Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 53-0193519.

IRA Rollover

The IRS Charitable Rollover allows individuals 70 1/2 and older to make charitable gifts directly from a traditional IRA account to the National Geographic Society without incurring federal income tax on the withdrawal. For more information please contact us at 800-226-4438 or email

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The National Geographic Society
Advancement Office
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036