Piscataway, N.J. – 26 February 2018 - IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, in tandem with the IEEE Foundation, announced the launch of a first-ever major fundraising campaign at its Board Meeting Series in Orlando, FL, USA.
Members from around the globe were in attendance as the IEEE Foundation shared its objective of raising US$30 million in support of IEEE programs. IEEE and Foundation leadership further announced that in excess of 50.14% of the total has already been committed; that’s $15.14 million raised to date. Funds generated by the campaign will help drive new levels of technological access, innovation, and engagement through a variety of far-reaching global initiatives designed to transform lives through the power of technology and education.
“As the philanthropic partner of IEEE, we are seeking financial support from both IEEE members and the public at large to continue and expand the Foundation’s programs, all of which are aimed at advancing technology in direct interest of humanity,” said John Treichler, President of the 2018 IEEE Foundation Board of Directors. “We are committed to the success of this campaign and enabling programs that positively impact populations worldwide.”
The IEEE Foundation is driving a number of important donor-supported programs. These include:
• IEEE Smart Village, an initiative to bring electrical power, access to education, and participation in the global economy to more than 50,000 people in remote, energy-deprived communities around the globe
• EPICS in IEEE, which assists communities in achieving specific local improvements while encouraging students to pursue careers in engineering for community enhancement
• IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative, an effort that has provided millions of dollars in scholarship funds to nearly 1,000 US-based electrical engineering students, helping develop the next generation of power leaders
• REACH (Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History), which offers pre-university social studies teachers free access to educational resources that promote the relationship between engineering, technology, and society, enhances the development of students’ critical thinking/problem-solving skills, and creates more technologically informed citizens.
The broad and inclusive campaign welcomes and encourages participation from IEEE members and non-members alike, including individuals, organizations, companies, and other entities who share a desire to address global challenges and support the IEEE mission of advancing technology for humanity.
"It’s an extraordinary time in the 45-year history of the IEEE Foundation and we’re excited to launch this landmark campaign to increase public awareness of our important mission and expand support for our critical work,” added IEEE Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Welby. “Each donor who participates helps ensure that the future of IEEE holds even greater promise than its historic past. We welcome all to take this opportunity to help build on a legacy that can positively and indelibly impact generations to come."
About the IEEE Foundation
As the philanthropic partner of IEEE, the IEEE Foundation inspires the generosity of donors to enable IEEE programs that improve access to technology, enhance technological literacy, and support technical education and the IEEE professional community. The IEEE Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in the United States, supports high-impact IEEE programs and awards grants to IEEE grassroots projects of strategic importance. IEEE Foundation also stewards gifts that improve the human condition, empower the next generation of engineers and scientists, educate and raise awareness, energize and recognize innovation, and preserve the history of technology. With donor support, the IEEE Foundation strives to be a leader in transforming lives through the power of technology and education.
For more information about the IEEE Foundation, its groundbreaking programs, how to become involved, or to make donations of "time, talent, or treasure" to the IEEE Foundation’s milestone Fundraising Campaign, call +732 465 5871. Learn more.