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 #GivingTuesday social movement, which encourages a more conscientious and philanthropic consumer culture. #GivingTuesday, established in 2012, 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 second United Engineering Foundation’s society’s #GivingTuesday Campaign will occur on Nov. 29, 2016.
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), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 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 #GivingTuesday. 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 November 29. Collectively, the five participating societies in the United Engineering #GivingTuesday Challenge will convey this message to nearly one million engineers in more than 150 countries.
Donations raised by the IEEE Foundation on #GivingTuesday will fund vital IEEE programs. 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.
For information about the #GivingTuesday Campaign and how to support the IEEE Foundation, visit IEEEFoundation.org/GivingTuesday.