Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society
Alexander Graham Bell strolls in a field with his grandson, Melville.Beinn Bhreagh, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1908
The Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society honors donors who have included a planned gift to the National Geographic Society. This special group has chosen to make a lasting impact in the fields of conservation, exploration, research and education around the world.Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was National Geographic's second president. It was thanks to his strong leadership that National Geographic magazine became one of the most cherished and iconic photographic journals, setting an unparalleled precedence for scientific research to be combined with rich storytelling.
There are many types of planned gifts. Our goal is to match each donor's unique charitable goals with the gift plan that best suits him or her. The following types of planned gifts qualify you for membership in the Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society:
- a bequest of any amount in your will or revocable trust;
- a life-income gift that names National Geographic as a remainder beneficiary, such as a charitable remainder trust, or charitable gift annuity;
- a beneficiary designation that includes National Geographic, such as qualified retirement plan assets (IRA, 401(k) or 403(b)), or a life insurance policy;
- a charitable lead trust that provides income to National Geographic for a donor's lifetime or a term of years;
If you have already included National Geographic in your estate plans or have made another type of planned gift, we encourage you to let us know by filling out the membership form so we may formally welcome you. Your willingness to be listed as a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society inspires others to follow your example. We also honor and respect those who wish to remain anonymous, but hope that you will share this information with us on a strictly confidential basis.
If you have not yet included National Geographic in your plans and you would like to explore the charitable options that best suit the financial needs of you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 226-4438. We would be happy to answer any questions and discuss your options without any obligation.
To recognize your commitment and preserve your legacy we offer several benefits of membership. Each new member will receive an individualized certificate of appreciation and letter of thanks from Chairman and CEO, Gary Knell, along with a special recognition gift that we hope you will enjoy. You will also receive timely information, invitations to special events, our planned giving newsletter and ongoing professional planned giving services. In addition to these small expressions of gratitude, we hope that you will allow us to acknowledge you as a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society in our annual donor recognition publication.
We are truly grateful that you have or are considering including the National Geographic Society as part of your legacy. Together, we can ensure that National Geographic continues to inspire, inform, and educate the world for generations to come.
Through a charitable gift annuity with National Geographic, Pat Minnick receives a fixed 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
Alexander Graham Bell
The Alexander Graham Bell Legacy Society honors donors who have included a planned gift to the National Geographic Society. This special group has chosen to make a lasting impact in the fields of conservation, exploration, research and education around the world. Read More