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What Kind of Gift Is Best for You?

Secure your family's financial future and ensure the continuation of National Geographic’s work by making a planned gift to the Society. A planned gift is a simple and flexible way to combine charitable giving with sound financial planning. One hundred percent of the proceeds National Geographic receives from planned gifts goes directly to support scientific research, conservation, exploration, and education programs—the kind of work you read about and enjoy each month in National Geographic magazine.

Click on the links below to explore the options that best meet your financial goals while maximizing your philanthropic giving. Please contact the Office of Estate Planning for more information or to obtain a confidential, personalized proposal.




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Your bequest or other planned gift makes you eligible for membership in our Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society. This is National Geographic's way of formally recognizing and thanking you for your support of our mission through your estate planning.

For information on how to complete your estate planning to the National Geographic Society, please contact your professional adviser and the Office of Gift Planning at 800 226 4438 (U.S. and Canada only) or via email at plannedgiftinfo@ngs.org.


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    Pat Minnick

    Through a charitable gift annuity with National Geographic, Pat Minnick receives a guaranteed life income and supports the Society’s efforts to inspire people to care about the planet. “The environmental problems we face are vast, but by joining with National Geographic and their history of remarkable accomplishments, I know we can pass on a more beautiful world,” says Pat. Read More

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    When lions and other big cats kill livestock, herders retaliate by killing cats. Sturdy livestock enclosures called bomas keep livestock safe from attack by big cats, just as they keep big cats safe from people who depend on livestock for income. National Geographic grantees helped construct more than 260 new bomas in Kenya and Tanzania in 2014. Learn how you can support their work.