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Make a Tax-Free Gift from your IRA

 You may be eligible to make a tax-free gift to the IEEE Foundation from your individual retirement account (IRA).

While many donors have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past to transform lives though technology, it’s official: the IRA charitable rollover law has been officially reinstated in 2015 and will remain in effect beyond.

This past Friday, Congress passed the Charitable IRA Rollover provision permanently. This enables individual retirement account (IRA) owners in the United States over the age of 70½ to transfer to qualifying charities – including the IEEE Foundation – up to $100,000 per year from their IRA, which counts toward one’s required minimum distribution for the year while at the same time avoiding being taxed. What a way to support IEEE and IEEE Foundation AND maximize the impact of your IRA!

At IEEE Foundation, we know that philanthropy is personal. We also know that, for many, a strategic financial approach to philanthropy can maximize impact while also supporting your personal financial goals. If you’ve been waiting to make your IRS transfer this year, you’ll need to act now and request the distribution in order to qualify for the 2015 tax year.


  • If you are 70½ or older, you can give up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to charities like the IEEE Foundation. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you still benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions.
  • If you have not taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.
  • The transfer may be made in addition to any other charitable giving you have planned.
  • The gift needs to be made by Dec. 31, 2015, if you want your gift to qualify this year.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity to enhance technology access, literacy and education, and support the IEEE professional community, or if you have any questions, please contact IEEE Foundation Chief Development Officer Stan Retif at s.retif@ieee.org or 732.562.2632.

Ready to make a tax-free contribution that will help build a future through technology? You can download our sample request letter to submit to your financial institution. Please remember to share this with us as well so we can properly acknowledge your contribution.

If you have already made a qualifying gift in 2015, contact your financial advisor to ensure your contribution is properly reported on your 2015 income tax returns.



IEEE Foundation Joins Sister Engineering Societies in Giving Tuesday Challenge

Giving Tuesday

The IEEE Foundation and its sister societies in the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) joined together in a campaign to encourage philanthropy among the societies’ members and within their individual professions.

The collaboration — named “Engineer a Better World” — embraces the Giving Tuesday social movement, which encourages a more conscientious and philanthropic consumer culture. Giving Tuesday, established in 2012 by a coalition of nonprofit organizations, is observed on the Tuesday immediately following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumer holidays, as a way to shift the public’s focus from spending to giving. The inaugural United Engineering Foundation’s society’s Giving Tuesday Campaign will occur on Dec. 1, 2015.

In addition to the IEEE Foundation, the other groups participating in the Challenge are the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiCHe) Foundation, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME).

Each participating society will pose a challenge to its members — to give the organization a gift of support on Giving Tuesday. Individually, and as a group, the participating engineering organizations aim to create a culture of philanthropy within each society and in the engineering profession, while raising funds to support the vital programs they conduct.

In November, The IEEE Foundation will reach out to its 420,000 members with a message about the value of philanthropy to technical and electrical engineering, and urge donations to the IEEE Foundation on December 1. Collectively, the five participating societies in the United Engineering Giving Tuesday Challenge will convey this message to nearly one million engineers in more than 150 countries.        

Donations raised by the IEEE Foundation on Giving Tuesday will fund vital IEEE Foundation programs in 2016. As the philanthropic arm of IEEE, the IEEE Foundation enables IEEE programs that; improve access to technology, enhance technological literacy, and support technical education and the IEEE professional community.

This is the first year in which the IEEE Foundation has promoted giving to engineering causes on Giving Tuesday. For information about the Giving Tuesday Campaign and how to support the IEEE Foundation, visit IEEEFoundation.org/GivingTuesday.

An Uplifting Celebration of IEEE Day 2015

The IEEE Foundation is excited to offer IEEE members an uplifting way to celebrate IEEE Day 2015.  On 6 October 2015, 500 IEEE members (+1 guest each) are invited to spend the day at Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum for free!

The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, located at One Intrepid Square, 12th Ave. and 46th St., New York, NY 10036 USA, is the home to the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Throughout its collections and exhibits, visitors may explore a variety of technological achievements made possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of many IEEE members.

Free tickets must be reserved at http://tinyurl.com/IEEEDay-Intrepid. Registration closes on 4 October 2015
or when 500 members register. Additional members may purchase admission tickets upon arrival.An additional fee is required to visit the Space Shuttle Pavilion.

This special IEEE Day celebration is made possible by an ongoing relationship between IEEE Foundation and The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum.

Celebrate IEEE Day Historically

The IEEE Foundation and IEEE Member and Geographic Activities are excited to offer IEEE members a way to celebrate IEEE Day 2015 early!

On 20 September 2015, IEEE members and their family and friends are invited to a day at the Computer History Museum (CHM) at no cost: Please Pre-register.

This exclusive event is made possible by an ongoing relationship between the IEEE Foundation and the Computer History Museum. Questions regarding this offer or IEEE Day, contact please Denise Maestri, IEEE Day Staff Support at d.maestri@ieee.org

Grants Deadline - August 1
Time is running out! 1 August Deadline.
Are you in need of Grant Funding for a project that increases the understanding of technology and its critical role in meeting global challenges and improving the human condition? IEEE organizational units are invited to submit proposals now: www.ieeefoundation.org/Grants.
What Do You Propose?

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2015 the Foundation will invest approximately US$400,000 in up to 20 grants ranging from US$5,000 to US$100,000.

Does your IEEE organizational unit (OU) have a project worthy of IEEE Foundation grant funding?

It’s time to think about what your OU might propose for a project under the theme: increase the understanding of technology and its critical role in meeting global challenges and improving the human condition.

The IEEE Foundation, in partnership with the IEEE Life Members Committee, invites IEEE OUs to submit proposals for projects that inform the public about technical issues such as, but not limited to: energy, health care, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and environmental change for the purpose of fostering balanced factual discussion and understanding of a current public issue. Eligible projects should result in the creation of materials and activities such as presentations and/or simulations that are suitable for one or more of the following audiences: secondary school/college students, secondary school teachers, IEEE groups, local community groups, and technology policy makers.

So what do you propose? Applications are being accepted from now until 1 August 2015. Funding decisions will be announced in December 2015. For more information about applying for a grant, please visit the IEEE Foundation Web site www.ieeefoundation.org/Grants.


The IEEE Foundation Grants Program is a vital element of the Foundation’s mission to enable IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy, and education. It is designed to facilitate wide participation from the technology professions, eliciting a rich array of proposals. This highly competitive program invests in innovative and promising grassroots OU projects. Your project could be among the ones selected to be funded if you apply now.

Spectrum Looks to Next 50 Years: Foundation and Donors Help Celebrate

Nearly 100 VIPs, including donors to the IEEE Foundation, members of the media, IEEE leaders, and other invited guests came out to the Union League Club in New York City in early October for "A Discussion about the Future We Deserve: The End of Healthcare."

The IEEE Foundation sponsored, along with an anMohr Spectrum 50thonymous benefactor, the special event in honor of IEEE Spectrum's 50th anniversary year. Spectrum has been celebrating throughout the year, and it had published a special report that discusses the future we deserve, based on today's eight most promising technologies. If these develop along the lines described, we'll get there, say the editors.

Continuing the celebration, IEEE Spectrum invited Dr. Catherine Mohr, a top researcher in the medical technology space, to be the keynote speaker for an enlightened discussion last Tuesday of a post healthcare world in which diseases are prevented or eliminated very early, rather than treated after serious symptoms have already developed.

Susan Hassler, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Spectrum, introduced Dr. Mohr by saying, "We don't know precisely what the next 50 years will bring. But we have an excellent idea of what could be possible, and we know what we hope will happen. Catherine Mohr is one of the visionaries who will help make that future a reality." Dr. Mohr, Senior Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, which makes the da Vinci surgical robot, noted that the advent of medical technology correlates to increased global life expectancy. But, she said, we're pushing the limits of what we can do with the medical technologies we currently have. The Watson project and other AI (artificial intelligence) innovations will help improve medical diagnoses, she noted, but doctors will still be needed to make decisions about care.

Glenn Zorpette, Executive Editor, IEEE Spectrum, led a discussion about medicine at very small scales. Consumer-driven tech development could be repurposed to help the medical technology community's innovations in the future, noted Dr. Mohr. "I like to think about tech being pushed forward where the money is ... ," she said.  "But tech will leap forward to where it's needed."

"We were so pleased to have Dr. Mohr as our speaker." said Glenn after the event.  "She is not only a leading technologist, but also a wonderfully engaging speaker."

Connecting with IEEE Leadership at SC2014

The IEEE Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of IEEE Sections Congress 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 22 to 24 August 2014.

The IEEE Foundation is taking full advantage of this unique opportunity to reach out to the Section Leadership and engage them in IEEE Foundation’s global activities. It is a wonderful venue to share information and ask for feedback about the initiatives of the IEEE Foundation, the grants it provides and programs it supports.

In the main exhibit hall, the Foundation will hold a learning lab and ignite sessions to educate attendees about the grants program and how to apply for grant support.  The Foundation will also host a booth where volunteer IEEE Foundation Board Members and professional staff will be available for discussions. We welcome this opportunity to directly interact with IEEEE Section leaders from around the globe and to exchange ideas enhance opportunities to work together.  

Read more about IEEE Sections Congress.


Announcing IEEE Foundation Honorees

IEEE has announced its 2014 IEEE Medal and Service Award Honorees, the highest awards bestowed by IEEE. The IEEE Foundation is proud to sponsor and present two of the medals and one service award. 

B. Jayant Baliga, power semiconductor expert, will receive the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor,
for the invention, implementation, and commercialization of power semiconductor devices with widespread benefits to society.

This is IEEE’s highest award bestowed and is sponsored by IEEE Foundation. Considered the world’s preeminent power semiconductor scientist, Baglia’s development of the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) transformed the way we utilize power and has improved the comfort, convenience, and health of billions of people around the world while reducing environmental impact.

Eric Schmidt will receive the IEEE Founders Medal, for outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning, and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession, “for leadership as a co-founder of a premier consulting firm that shaped modern acoustical practice and laid the groundwork for the Internet, and for public service.”

V. Prasad Kodali will receive the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award, for outstanding service to IEEE, “for vision and leadership in improving IEEE operations and governance, and for building a stronger foundation for IEEE’s strategic future.”

Recipients of IEEE Foundation sponsored medals and other technologists will be recognized at the IEEE Honors Ceremony at Sections Congress 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the RAI Convention Center, from 22 to 24 August.

Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. Learn more about the IEEE Awards program. 

View the complete list of 2014 recipients.


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