National Geographic Society

Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. For over a century it has been inspiring a greater public interest in geography, archaeology, the natural sciences, and environmental and historical conservation.

Below are a few of National Geographic's programs:

  • The Expeditions Council is a grant program that funds exploration of largely unrecorded or little-known areas of the Earth, as well as regions undergoing significant environmental or cultural change. Grants support a wide range of projects including marine research, archaeological discoveries, documentation of vanishing rain forests, and first ascents. Support for these compelling stories reinforces National Geographic’s efforts to foster a deeper understanding of the world and its inhabitants. For more information about the program, click here.
  • The Big Cats Initiative is an action-oriented program to halt the decline of big cats species around the world through assessment, grant-making, and outreach. To date, BCI has funded a wide range of innovative, solutions-oriented projects including development of wildlife corridors, building “living fence” bomas made of endemic fast-growing trees and chain-link fencing, and collaborating with local communities on sustainable livestock insurance programs. The primary focus has been on lions and cheetahs, with plans to roll out the initiative for other big cats in out years. For more information about the program, click here.

  • For more information, visit the group's website here.