National Geographic

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National Geographic (2009)

The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge," National Geographic works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 325 million people worldwide each month through magazines, books, digital media, television, radio, music and film. It funds more than 250 scientific research, exploration, and conservation projects each year and supports an education program combating geography illiteracy.

National Geographic magazine, the Society's official journal, published in English and 31 local-language editions, is read by more than 40 million people each month. The National Geographic Channel reaches over 270 million households in 34 languages in 166 countries. National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 9 million visitors a month, and National Geographic has funded more than 9,000 scientific research projects.

In 2009, our foundation helped fund the All Roads Film Project; Emerging Explorer Malik Marjan; National Geographic Fellow Reza; and the grant-making programs of the Committee for Research and Exploration and the Expeditions Council.

National Geographic - "All Roads"

National Geographic's All Roads Film Project showcases breakthrough film and still photography from indigenous and under-represented minority cultures around the globe. Launched in 2004, All Roads supports diverse cultural perspectives with an international film festival, funding, networking, and distribution opportunities to bring together voices that celebrate the vibrant cultural stories of our world. Our foundation's support helped fund seed grants for Middle Eastern filmmakers.


National Geographic - "Emerging Explorer Malik Marjan"

The Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers--explorers who are already making a difference early in their careers. Each year up to ten explorers are chosen from fields as diverse as anthropology, space exploration, and music. We helped support 2009 Emerging Explorer Malik Marjan, a biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Marjan undertook surveys of Southern Sudan--a region where most assumed wildlife had vanished during the civil war. His baseline research provided proof of wildlife migrations that rival even those of the Serengeti and has helped revive conservation efforts in Sudan.


National Geographic - "NG Fellow Reza"

The Visiting Fellows Program was created to encourage the flow of ideas between National Geographic and field experts. Fellows provide expert consultation on the Society’s projects, education and outreach, and environmental and public policy. Our foundation helped support NG Fellow Reza, one of the world’s best-known photojournalists. In addition to chronicling conflict zones in the Middle and Far East, Reza founded AINA, a nonprofit organization that contributes to the emergence of civil society through actions in the area of education (particularly focusing on women and children), information, and communication.


National Geographic - "Committee for Research and Exploration"

Since 1890, the Committee for Research and Exploration has given more than 170 million dollars in research grants worldwide and supported more than 8,300 projects and expeditions--including the excavation of Machu Picchu, the discovery of the Titanic, and the work of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and the Leakey family. The committee of experts awards over 200 grants each year. Many of these grants are awarded to seasoned scientists, researchers, and explorers who are leaders in their fields, while other grants support scientists early in their careers, cultivating the next generation of field talent that is often overlooked by more traditional grantors.


National Geographic - "Expeditions Council"

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, first ascents, and more. Support for these compelling stories reinforces National Geographic’s efforts to foster a deeper understanding of the world and its inhabitants.


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