The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations and is dedicated to inspiring people to care about the planet. Since its founding in 1888 the Society has funded more than 9,000 scientific research, conservation, and exploration projects around the globe. National Geographic currently supports more than 350 people and projects annually, and develops conservation, exploration, and education initiatives around major issues, such as language and culture loss and the establishment of sustainable tourism in authentic places. These efforts and their results are communicated through National Geographic magazine and other media to an audience of more than 325 million people around the world each month.
Some examples of National Geographic's work to sustain cultures, habitats and heritage include the Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, The Enduring Voices Program, Photo Camp, The All Roads Project and the Genographic Legacy Fund.