Ways to
IEEE Heritage Circle

Read and share IEEE Heritage Circle printable brochure (PDF, 1.5MB)

The IEEE Heritage Circle is the cumulative giving donor recognition program of the IEEE Foundation.

The IEEE Heritage Circle acknowledges the philanthropic spirit of individuals who have ‘given back’ to IEEE throughout their career and lifetime. We recognize these Honored Philanthropists for the financial support allocated to one or more of 130 donor designated funds that support the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE.

Honored Philanthropists are individuals whose donations to IEEE Foundation total US$10,000 or more since 1 January 1995. Automatically recognized as members of the IEEE Heritage Circle, donors are categorized respectively within five giving levels ranging from US$10,000 and more.

The IEEE Development Office provides confidential information regarding the status of cumulative gifts of cash, securities, gifts of cash prizes, pledge payments, gifts of royalties and donor advised gifts, and alerts contributors when milestones are reached. Bequests, planned gifts, corporate matching gifts and outstanding pledge balances do not qualify.

Qualifying gifts made before the end of the calendar year will be added to your current cumulative giving total. Recognition levels are calculated at the end of each calendar year.


IEEE Heritage Circle five cumulative giving levels are named in honor of great science and technology innovators, who each in their own right, helped shape the world in which we live.


Level of Giving

Nikola Tesla

$10,000 - $49,999

Alexander Graham Bell

$50,000 - $99,999

Thomas Alva Edison

$100,000 - $249,999

James Clerk Maxwell

$250,000 - $499,999

Michael Faraday



IEEE Heritage Circle recognition is based on individual donor giving-level and members receive:

  • Keepsake Coin and Certificate of Membership in a custom presentation binder
  • Recognition in the annual Honor Roll of Donors and on the “Wall of Honor”
  • IEEE Foundation Focus newsletter
  • Additional recognition, with donor approval may be provided through an IEEE event scheduled in the donor’s vicinity
  • Members of the Edison, Maxwell and Faraday giving levels receive an annual invitation to the highly celebrated IEEE Honors Ceremony.


Once you reach an IEEE Heritage Circle giving level, you will be contacted by an IEEE Development Office staff member to arrange the presentation of this special recognition. Anonymity will be honored if requested. If you have questions regarding the IEEE Heritage Circle or would like to arrange a confidential donor-giving discussion, please contact the IEEE Development Office.

View IEEE Heritage Circle printable brochure (PDF, 1.5MB)

For more information, or to hold a confidential discussion, please contact:

Michael Deering
IEEE Director of Development

IEEE Foundation
IEEE Development Office
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854-4141, U.S.A
Phone: +1 732 562 3915
e-mail: donate@ieee.org