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A charitable gift annuity with the National Geographic Society is our most popular planned gift. It is easy to set up and can provide you and/or another beneficiary with fixed, dependable payments for life. You will receive a tax deduction the year you make the gift and a portion of your payments are tax-free. National Geographic guarantees the income payment. See our disclosure form for full details.

How a Charitable Gift Annuity Works

With a gift annuity, you make a gift of cash or other assets to the Society (minimum of U.S. $10,000). In return, you receive fixed payments for the rest of your life. The amount of your gift annuity payments will never change, regardless of how long you live or what happens with interest rates or the stock market. The remaining principal is transferred to the National Geographic Society after the lifetime of the income beneficiaries.

Sample Annuities Rates



Annual Income
(Based on $10,000 minimum. No maximum limit on size.)













For illustrative purposes only. Minimum age 50. Payments begin at age 65. These rates are recommended by the American Council on Gift Annuities, effective January 1, 2012. Please contact us for current benefits and rates for other ages.

Download the ABCs of Annuities (PDF).
Download the Charitable Gift Annuity Disclosure Statement (PDF).
Use our Planned Giving Calculator for a personal illustration of how life-income gifts can work for you.


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