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100% of all donations go directly to our Explorers and programs.

We’ve built a sustainable, innovative business model that allows us to invest every philanthropic dollar directly to our Explorers and programs.

When you support the National Geographic Society, not only are you supporting your passion for the planet, but you also help protect its wonder. You ensure our mission lives on so we can continue exploring the planet, saving wildlife, protecting our ocean, empowering the world’s most innovative scientists to help solve the planet’s mysteries and challenges, and preserving our ancient heritage for future generations. 

Your generous contribution will immediately go to work supporting the things you care passionately about—not overhead or operating costs.

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Tax-deductible gifts

National Geographic Society is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization, and we rely on the generosity of donors like you to support our Explorers’ work in science, exploration, education, and storytelling.

Single and monthly donations
Make a gift today to help explore and protect our planet. By giving monthly, your reliable support allows us to respond to the most pressing programmatic needs.
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/Memorial Giving
Honor a friend or loved one’s passion for science, exploration, education, and storytelling by making a tribute gift in their name.
Support us into the future
Legacy Giving

Ensure that our important work will continue for future generations with a planned gift to the National Geographic Society. To learn more please visit our Legacy Giving page, email or call (800) 226-4438.

Ways to give and leave your legacy include:

  • Wills and Trust: 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.
  • Gifts That Pay You Back: You can establish a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) with the National Geographic Society for you and/or another person such as beneficiaries such as family or friends to receive secure, regular payments for the duration of your life or a pre-set term.
  • Beneficiary Designation: By naming the National Geographic Society as a beneficiary of your retirement account, life insurance policy, or financial account, 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.
  • Real Estate: By donating all or part of your property to the National Geographic Society, you may be able to receive an income tax deduction and reduce your capital gains tax while supporting the Society’s vital work.
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Membership, major gifts, and partnerships

Make your mark in the world as a crucial global community member committed to making the world a better place through the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling.

Contributing members
Join us in our mission to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world and get exclusive access to National Geographic Explorers, events, and more.
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.
Through our corporate and foundation partnerships, we can scale our collective impact and push the boundaries of exploration.

With your support, we’re driving new knowledge, working to reduce our human footprint on the planet, and inspiring a new generation of changemakers to value the natural world and help create a brighter future.

“I want my money to go to places that will do what I have tried to do in my lifetime—educating people and illuminating issues.”
Barbara Flowers
Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society Member
Get in touch

Together we can change the world.

Kara Ramirez Mullins

Chief Advancement Officer

Advancement Office

The National Geographic Society
1145 17th St. NW Washington DC, 20036

Phone: (800) 373-1717

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Act before December 31! All donations to the National Geographic Society will be matched dollar for dollar through the end of the year. Make your tax-deductible gift today and make TWICE the impact for Explorers working to preserve threatened species around the world.