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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.


History of the Life Members Fund

The IEEE Life Members Fund was originally established as the Members-for-Life Fund by the AIEE Board of Directors on 24 January 1944. 

The Life Members Fund is supported by the generosity of IEEE members. Since 1998, nearly 70% of the income into the Life Members Fund has come from the kindness of IEEE members.  Over US$1M has been distributed from the Life Members Fund since 1998 to support the following:

24% - History Projects
23% - Educational Projects
17% - Awards
13% - Student or Young  Engineers
12% - Life Member Benefits
11% - Operational Expenses


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How do I contribute to the Life Members Fund?

Leadership through giving shows a true understanding of our needs and does the most to help us reach our long-term goals. The IEEE Life Members Committee thanks all of you who have contributed in the past and who continue to help us 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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