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The Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society honors donors who have included National Geographic in their estate plans through a will, trust, life insurance, charitable gift annuity, or retirement plans such as an IRA or 401(k). Bequests and other legacy gifts from the dedicated members of this group fund National Geographic’s conservation, exploration, research, and education efforts around the world.
Alexander Graham Bell, known worldwide as the inventor of the telephone, was National Geographic’s second president. It was thanks to his strong business mind that National Geographic magazine became one of the most cherished photographic journals of its time and set the precedent for unparalleled research and storytelling. Bell’s insistence that the magazine be written in layman’s rather than technical terms, and that the stories include “pictures, and plenty of them”, opened the world of exploration to the common man.
Today the work of National Geographic is more important than ever. And Alexander Graham Bell continues to be remembered as a guiding spirit of our organization.
Members of the Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society enjoy the following benefits:
- Invitations to exclusive receptions, exhibitions, and lectures in Washington, D.C., and across the U.S.
- A personalized membership certificate celebrating your dedication to the National Geographic Society
- The Society's gift-planning newsletter, Exploring Tomorrow, with financial and planning ideas
- Recognition in National Geographic's annual report
If you already have included us in your estate plans, please let us know by completing the Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society Application Form (PDF) and mailing it to our office using the address below. If you wish to have a confidential conversation with one of our planned giving officers about an estate gift option that would work best with your specific goals, please contact the Office of Gift Planning directly.
Download the Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society Application Form (PDF).
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