Our Planet Depends on You

Join us in our mission to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world

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. 

Annual Gifts of $35 - $999
Contributing Member

As a National Geographic Contributing Member, your annual gift supports scientific fieldwork and conservation programs around the globe. Your generosity will help us explore and protect our planet’s wildlife and wild places—and in return you will: 

  • Receive an annual National Geographic Society Member Card.
  • Stay in the know with regular updates on our Explorers and our programs.
  • Be first to hear about announcements, special features, and opportunities.
Annual Gifts of $1,000 - $24,499
Grosvenor Council Member

Named for one of the first editors of National Geographic magazine, Grosvenor Council members play a leading role in 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.

All Voyager, Discoverer, and Geographer benefits plus:

  • Recognition of your commitment to illuminating and protecting the wonder of our world with a listing of your name in the National Geographic Society’s annual Impact Report
  • 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

All Voyager and Discoverer benefits plus:

  • Opportunity to give a National Geographic magazine gift subscription
  • The Geographer’s Exploration Gift Pack featuring a National Geographic book and additional 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

All Voyager benefits 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 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.
  • 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 
  • Free admission to the National Geographic Museum for four named adults and children under 18 for one year
  • 20% discount on purchases at the National Geographic Museum Store
  • Personalized tour of National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. for you and your guests
  • Be the first to know about breaking news on National Geographic Explorers’ discoveries, expeditions, reports, and more through exclusive “first look” emails.
  • Invitations to exclusive “Insider Calls” featuring programmatic updates directly from National Geographic Explorers and Society staff
  • Special access to lectures and special events, including live online streaming of National Geographic’s annual Explorers Festival
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"National Geographic has taught us about the world and helped us see how much we can do to help build a better future. The Grosvenor Council gives us the opportunity to be part of a group of people who are making a difference."
Sanford Baklor and Arlene Kaufman
Palm Beach, Florida
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More ways to give

Through employer matching gifts, future gifts, and other tax-savvy contributions, there are many ways for you to support exploration and help solve our world’s most pressing challenges.

Outsized impact

Major gifts and partnerships

We offer exclusive memberships and benefits for our corporate partners as well as donors interested in giving gifts larger than $25,000.

Our donors and partners help us make a lasting impact.
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More than 150 virtual Explorer Classroom sessions reached 150,000 students in 2020.


We provided emergency funding to 10 Big Cats Initiative grantees working on lion conservation in Africa during the pandemic.

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Together we can change the world.

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Kara Ramirez Mullins

Chief Advancement Officer

Advancement Office

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

Phone: (800) 373-1717
Email: givinginfo@ngs.org

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Your impact begins today

By joining the Society, you will fund Explorers working to save wildlife, protect our oceans and ecosystems, preserve our ancient heritage, and solve the planet’s mysteries and challenges.