Protecting the World's Freshwater

Learn how our Explorers are preserving the world’s freshwater resources, and explore the World Water Map.

Our Mission

Using the power of science, exploration, education,
and storytelling to illuminate and protect

our approach

Investing in a diverse, global community of changemakers

Bold Explorers

We fund a global community of Explorers who investigate, test hypotheses, innovate, stretch their creativity, and push the boundaries of traditional thinking in ways that fundamentally change our world.

Impactful Programs

We support and cultivate a portfolio of diverse, Explorer-led programs within our five focus areas to drive impact and fulfill our mission of illuminating and protecting our world.

Connection & Education

We leverage our global expertise, platforms, and unparalleled convening power to inspire educators, youth, and future Explorers and help more people learn about, care for, and protect our world.

Responsible Stewardship

Our innovative business model allows us to invest every philanthropic dollar—100% of donations—directly to our Explorers and programs. Join us to support what matters most to you.

Our Focus

Maximizing impact
in five key areas

Revealing and protecting underwater worlds

Our Explorers discover, understand, and conserve marine and coastal systems and inspire and empower local and global audiences to better understand and protect the ocean.


Preserving and protecting land environments

Our Explorers explore, understand, and conserve terrestrial and freshwater systems and inspire and empower local and global audiences to better understand and protect our lands, lakes, and rivers.


Protecting and conserving wildlife

Our Explorers inspire and empower local and global audiences to better understand and protect wildlife, including animals, plants and fungi.


Understanding our past and protecting our future

Our Explorers work to preserve cultural knowledge, better understand human histories, cultures, practices, diversity, and evolution—past and present, center communities, and inform and inspire global audiences with stories or lessons about humanity.


Supporting innovation

Our Explorers are taking novel and inventive approaches to address critical challenges and produce insights that illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.


Join Us

Make a difference

At the National Geographic Society, we believe that exploration starts with you. That means when you give, 100 percent of your tax-deductible contribution will go directly to our Explorers working across our five key focus areas. Your support enables Explorers to make important discoveries, pursue historic achievements, and push the boundaries of innovation to build a better future.
changing the world

Your impact begins today!

Our promise

Supporting future changemakers

"In this time of spiraling fear of the ‘other,’ we must realize that our fates are tied to each other, as well as to the planet."
Tara Roberts
2022 Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year
Stories of Impact

Meet Our Explorers

Meet Our Explorers

Our community of Explorers is working to inspire, educate, preserve, and protect the wonder of our world.
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Our Funding Strategy

Our Funding Strategy

We invest in individuals working on projects in science, conservation, storytelling, education, and technology that align with one or more of our focus areas.
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Our commitment to dei

Cultivating an environment of opportunity, mutual respect,
and belonging

Learning from our past, examining our present, and building a more inclusive future.

We believe we can only achieve our mission to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world when people of every race, identity, experience, and ability have a role in our work. Although we have much more work to do, the Society has made strides to achieve and maintain equity.

Photo Credits from top of page: Mauro Sergio, Andy Mann, Jim Richardson, Cory Richards, Anand Varma, Michael Nichols, Beverly Joubert, Roger Horrocks, Sam Kittner, Joshua Irwandi, Emily Shur, Joe McKendry (illustration), Manu Felix, Octavio Aburto, Armando Vega.  Below: Michael Nichols, Andy Mann, Paul Nicklen, Ami Vitale, Christian Tryon, Kenneth Garrett, Mark Thiessen.

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Your impact begins today

Act now! Your tax-deductible gift will fund Explorers protecting wildlife, preserving our oceans and ecosystems, uncovering our ancient heritage, and solving the planet’s mysteries and challenges.