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As a nonprofit organization, National Geographic has a unique mission that depends on the generosity of a select group of individuals who are so passionate about exploration and discovery that they make a philanthropic gift to the National Geographic Society—over and above their magazine subscription and support of other National Geographic programs.

We call these special people Contributing Members.

As a Contributing Member, you will join National Geographic in pushing the boundaries of what we know. Since 1888, we've funded expeditions that have changed the way we think about our world. Right now, our explorers in the field are working to document and protect the last wild and healthy ecosystems in the ocean; retrace the steps of our ancestors' migration from Africa and across the globe; explore the Maya caves of Yucatán, Mexico, to unveil the beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya; and conduct expeditions to remote and extreme corners of the Earth to better understand what life might look like in harsh, extraterrestrial environments.

You will make possible the groundbreaking fieldwork of visionary scientists, who, like Jane Goodall and Jacques Cousteau before them, stretch the limits of our understanding. Without National Geographic, the Leakey family and Donald Johanson (the discoverer of Lucy) might never have found the fossils that tell the story of human evolution in East Africa.

And you will help change our world for the better. Today, National Geographic is helping to preserve habitats for endangered big cats, support efforts to better understand the changing climate, and engage the public in working together to protect the planet we call home.

Our Contributing Members keep new discoveries on every horizon. Please join them by making your generous philanthropic gift of $25, $50, $100, or more to the National Geographic Society today.

Just imagine how much further we can go together.

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    A charitable trust gift to National Geographic was a “win-win” for JC and Anna Zajic, giving them income for life while supporting the work of an organization they believe in. “We would encourage others who have charitable trusts or are planning on setting one up to think of including National Geographic. Your gift, like ours, will be well used and make a real difference.” Read More