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The Life Members Fund supports numerous programs in various areas of interest that enhance the activities of Life members, potential engineers, engineering students, and professionals worldwide. The continuing growth of the Life Members Fund will help support new and exciting opportunities for young engineers with engineering education and workforce development, applying technology for humanitarian causes and preserving the history of technology.


Primary areas of interest

The IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation supports IEEE activities of interest to Life Members, potential engineers, and engineering students. Generous donations are invested in initiatives that:

  • Excite students about STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Empower young minds to purse careers in IEEE fields of interest
  • Preserve the legacy IEEE Members helped create
  • Acknowledge peers for accomplishments
  • Encourage Life members and retirees to stay active in IEEE

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Projects supported annually by the Life Members Committee and Life Members Fund

Annually, the IEEE Life Members Committee has provide funding in support of the following awards/programs:

IEEE Grants Program

  • The IEEE Foundation invites grant applications exclusively from IEEE organizational units for projects that address the pre-defined theme identified by the IEEE Foundation for each year. The theme aligns with the IEEE Foundation's mission to "enable IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy, and education."

IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award

  • For the most outstanding survey, review, or tutorial paper published in IEEE Transactions, Journals, Magazines, or in the Proceedings of the IEEE.

Graduate Fellowship Program in the History of Electrical Engineering

  • To encourage graduate students to pursue their studies in the history of electrical engineering.

Life Members Prize in Electrical History

  • Awarded to the author or authors of the best article published in the previous year on the history of electro technology and its practitioners.

Life Members Newsletter

  • Published twice annually, it is a forum to present ideas and determine the services desired by the Life members. Besides Life members, it is distributed to retired members between the ages of 62 to 64 and all members 65 years of age and older. 

Life Members Committee Graduate Fellowship in Electrical Engineering

  • Awarded annually for full-time graduate work in any area of electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing worldwide.

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How do I contribute to the Life Members Fund?

Leadership through giving shows a true understanding of needs and does the most to help reach the IEEE Foundation's long-term goals. The IEEE Life Members Committee thanks all of you who have contributed in the past and who continue to help IEEE strive for improved member outreach programs, educational development, information exchange efforts, historical preservation, and awards and recognition initiatives.

The opportunities for charitable gifts to IEEE are many and varied. You may find the following gift ideas helpful during your planning process:

  • Giving through your dues renewal
  • Gifts of cash
  • Gifts of securities
  • Commemorative gifts
  • Legacy gifts

For additional information on the various ways to give, or to hold a confidential discussion of the opportunities, benefits, and tax advantages available to you as you consider a gift, please contact the IEEE Development Office:

For US members, contributions to the Life Members Fund are tax deductible.


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IEEE Life Members coaster and pin program

As a special thank you, donations of US$75-$124 receive an IEEE Life Members lapel pin. Donations of US$125 or more receive an IEEE Life Members pewter coaster commemorating an IEEE Milestone. (Limit one pin per Life member and one coaster per US$125+ donation.)

The 9th and final coaster of the program highlights the Volta’s Electrical Battery, 1799. Past coasters are still available upon request with your donation. Past coasters include:

  • First Transistor at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. 1947
  • Landing of the Transatlantic Cable, 1866
  • Maxwell’s Equations, 1860-1871
  • Westinghouse “Atom” Smasher, 1937
  • Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), 1946
  • The Tokaido Shinkansen (Bullet Train), 1964
  • Panama Canal Electrical and Control Installations, 1914
  • First Transatlantic Reception of a Televasion Signal Via Satellite (Telestar), 1962

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