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The National Geographic Society has supported and chronicled the achievements of renowned explorers and researchers for nearly 125 years. In 1996, the diverse grantmaking, scientific research, education, and public outreach programs of the Society were organized under a single banner called "Mission Programs," to focus efforts on inspiring and educating people, while promoting conservation of the world's cultural, historical, and natural resources.

Each year, Mission Programs is able to expand its efforts and fund the world's top and emerging scientists, explorers, researchers, and adventurers because of support from people like you. These critical and exciting projects are often the sources for content for National Geographic magazine and the National Geographic channels. Help us continue to inspire people to care about the planet.


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    NG Remote Imaging Team Captures Life in Ocean’s Deepest Spot

    National Geographic’s Remote Imaging engineers, along with researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, deployed dropcams—untethered cameras equipped with lights and digital video—to explore the world’s deepest ocean trench. The team documented the deepest known single-celled animals, called xenophyophores, which are known for their size (individual cells can exceed 10 centimeters, or four inches). This expedition was made possible in part by National Geographic’s Expeditions Council and the philanthropic support of Joanie Nasher.

Donor Stories

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    John McCallister

    “I included National Geographic in my will because I want the Society to be around for future generations,” says John McCallister, an avid traveler and horticulturist, who was introduced to National Geographic when his aunt sent him a gift subscription to the magazine. Read More