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Named for one the first editors of National Geographic magazine, the Grosvenor Council is a group of unwavering supporters who have partnered with the Society to ensure a lasting impact on the world. Grosvenor Council members generously support the National Geographic Society’s work at the cutting edge of science, exploration, education, and storytelling.

​As a global nonprofit, the Society has been committed to exploring and protecting the planet since 1888. With an annual gift of $1,000 or more, Grosvenor Council members make this possible—and play a leading role in making a tremendous impact on some of the most extraordinary science and exploration taking place today.

In thanks for your commitment, you’ll receive exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the Society, including the following benefits:



    Gift of $1,000 to $2,499

    • Complimentary subscription to National Geographic magazine including unlimited digital access, the online archive, exclusive ebooks, and popular streaming films 
    • National Geographic’s official Yellow Border pin  
    • 20% discount on purchases at the National Geographic store
    • Free admission to the National Geographic Museum for four named adults and children under 18 for one year
    • Personalized tour of National Geographic Society’s newly renovated Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for you and your guests 
    • Be the first to know about breaking news on National Geographic’s discoveries, expedition reports, special events, and more through exclusive “First Look” emails 
    • Invitations to exclusive Insider calls featuring programmatic updates directly from National Geographic representatives and explorers
    • Special access to lectures and special events, including live online streaming of National Geographic’s annual Explorers Festival


    Gift of $2,500 to $4,999

    Entitles you to all the benefits of Voyager membership plus:

    • Guest passes to National Geographic Museum exhibitions in Washington, D.C.
    • Personal copy of On Assignment with National Geographic, a book detailing the inside story of National Geographic’s 125-year history
    • Periodic President’s Letter updates, an inside look at current and future projects, expeditions, and explorations
    • Travel with top researchers, explorers, writers, and photographers with advance notice and pre-sale reservation opportunities for all National Geographic Expeditions.


    Gift of $5,000 to $9,999

    Entitles you to all the benefits of Discoverer membership plus:

    • Opportunity to give a National Geographic magazine gift subscription
    • The Geographer's Exploration Gift Pack featuring a National Geographic book and media specially selected for our Grosvenor Council members
    • Learn about National Geographic Explorers current work and new discoveries from our Update from the field letters 
    • One-on-one conversation with a National Geographic Society representative to explore your programmatic interests and connect you with experts to answer your questions 


    Gift of $10,000 to $24,999

    Entitles you to all the benefits of Geographer membership plus:

    • Recognition of your commitment to a planet in balance with a listing of your name in the National Geographic Society annual Impact Report  
    • Complimentary tickets for you and a guest to a National Geographic Society Live event in Washington, DC.
    • Complimentary membership in National Geographic Expeditions’ Lifelong Explorer program, qualifying you for special discounts on National Geographic trips to amazing destinations like the Galapagos  
    • Curated tour of National Geographic Museum exhibitions for you and an unlimited number of guests 
    • A dedicated National Geographic concierge who is available year-round to help you get the most from your Grosvenor Council membership and plan experiences tailored to your interests 


    Highest membership level

    Entitles you to all Groundbreaker membership plus:

    • Acknowledgment of your commitment to National Geographic Society with your name listed in an issue of National Geographic magazine
    • Opportunity to donate an Explorer magazine subscription to a classroom of your choice, including seven issues of the print edition, classroom posters, a teacher’s guide and a projectable magazine
    • Invitation to National Geographic’s annual Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C. and opportunities to meet and mingle with other Grosvenor Council members during the Festival 
    • Personal access to National Geographic Expeditions staff to assist you with customized travel plans
    • Opportunity to consult with a National Geographic photographer about a photograph of your choice 


If you have any questions or would like more information about the Grosvenor Council, please contact Nicole Palardy at (202) 807-3464 or

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Photo: Beverly Joubert (Top image, elephants)

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