More Information About National Geographic Partners LLC

For almost 130 years, the National Geographic Society has funded groundbreaking scientists and explorers and shared their findings with the world. It sponsored Hiram Bingham as he brought back stories of Machu Picchu, documented Robert Ballard’s quest to find the Titanic, and supported Jane Goodall’s study of chimpanzees.
To date, it has given out more than 12,000 grants to work that is making a real difference in the world—projects like the Big Cat’s Initiative, which is working to stop the decline in populations of big cats in the wild; and the Pristine Seas project, which has helped protect 3 million square kilometers of the ocean’s last wild places.
And with our planet’s future at stake, the Society is focused on the guardians of that future: our children. Its education programs give teachers the tools they need to engage kids of all ages, revealing our interconnected world, and inspiring new generations of citizens and explorers.
In the fall of 2015, the National Geographic Society expanded its successful partnership with 21st Century Fox, which has operated the National Geographic Channel since 1997. The expanded joint venture, called National Geographic Partners, combines National Geographic television channels with other media and consumer enterprises, including the celebrated National Geographic magazine, as well as books, travel, and other businesses.
Through this integration, National Geographic programs will have a greater impact around the globe as stories and images, shows and events are more widely and effectively distributed. The partnership should also generate additional financial resources to enable the National Geographic Society — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—to almost double its previous investment in science, conservation, and education programs… to make even more of a difference.
Is the National Geographic Society still a nonprofit organization?
Yes, the National Geographic Society remains an independent nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) scientific and educational organization dedicated to exploring our planet, protecting wildlife and habitats, and helping assure that students in K-12 are geographically literate.
The discoveries and scientific breakthroughs from this important work are shared with a large global audience through magazines, channels and other media managed by National Geographic Partners—helping make even more of an impact.
How do proceeds from my purchases benefit this important nonprofit work?
A portion of all funds received by National Geographic Partners is distributed to the National Geographic Society and helps support its work in conservation, exploration, scientific research, and education.
How does this expanded partnership affect me?
Most likely, you’ll notice no changes at all. As always, please let us know if you have an issue with your subscription or other services here.
Will this expanded partnership affect the autonomy or integrity of National Geographic publications or programs?
It will not. The partnership is built on a solid foundation originally established by the National Geographic Society, and strong editorial guidelines are in place. On the day of the announcement, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch said, "We remain fully committed to maintaining the editorial autonomy and integrity of National Geographic. We’ve demonstrated that strong commitment and respect for what National Geographic stands for during our 18-year partnership, and nothing we’re announcing today changes that.”
We will continue to serve our members, readers, viewers, customers, and donors in ways worthy of their trust.
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