About the National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Thiessen)

The National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Working to inspire, illuminate and teach, National Geographic reaches more than 600 million people a month through a wide range of media, including print, TV and digital.

Each year, the Society funds more than 300 research, conservation and exploration projects around the globe. Past and current grantees include polar explorer Robert Peary; Hiram Bingham, excavator of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu; anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey; mountain gorilla expert Dian Fossey; author and historian Stephen Ambrose; underwater explorer and discoverer of the sunken Titanic Robert Ballard; primatologist Jane Goodall; anthropologist Wade Davis; marine biologist Sylvia Earle; and paleontologist Paul Sereno.

The Society’s commitment to integrity, accuracy and excellence has positioned “National Geographic” as a benchmark brand and a leader in publishing, photography, cartography, television, research and education.


A view of Machu Picchu soon after discovery. National Geographic funds supported exploration and excavation of the legendary city, a place whose original purpose is still disputed. Photo by Hiram Bingham

Click here for a look back at milestones in National Geographic’s history.

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