The John Rae Society is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), registered in Scotland. The Registered Charity Number is SC044463.
Its purposes are:
To advance the education of the public in the life and achievements of John Rae as the discoverer of the final navigable link of the Northwest Passage and one of the greatest arctic explorers.
To advance the arts, heritage, culture and science by promoting the life and achievements of John Rae to foster friendship and understanding between members of the public, the people of Orkney, and those in Canada, particularly, but not exclusively, those areas associated with John Rae, through a broad range of activities.