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Support the IEEE History Center

The IEEE History Center depends upon the generosity of individuals and organizations to volunteer their time and financial resources to preserve, research, and promote the heritage of electrical engineering, computing and IEEE.


Each year IEEE members generously volunteer their time to support the work of the IEEE History Center. Many work with their local IEEE Section to nominate a significant technical achievement for recognition as an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. Others share their first-hand histories or document the history of their IEEE Section or Society on the IEEE Global History Network. Some help chart the course of the Center by serving on the IEEE History Committee, guiding the Center and advising the IEEE Board of Directors on the heritage of IEEE and its members and their related professions and technologies.

The Center relies on IEEE Members and other friends who make donations, and organizations that provide grants to offer its many programs and sustain and expand its work. Only about half of the funds needed to run the Center come from IEEE and Rutgers University.

The IEEE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IEEE, administers all donations to the Center and offers three different funds to which you can direct your donation:

  • IEEE History Center Fund: Supports the public visibility efforts of the IEEE History Center to collect and disseminate information that exemplifies the impact and influence of technology and its relationship, both past and present, to society.
  • IEEE History Center Oral History Fund: Supports the effort to collect spoken memories and commentaries of historical significance through recorded interviews. The Center's Oral History Program preserves the personal accounts from the pioneering electrical and computer engineers whose innovations impacted the world we live in. This primary source material is useful to historians of technology and is also of interest to journalists, educators, students, and the interested general public.
  • IEEE History Center Endowment Fund: Assures the long-term quality of IEEE History Center programs.

As a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization, the IEEE Foundation is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in the United States. For other countries, please check with your local tax advisor regarding tax deductibility of charitable contributions. The IEEE Foundation Employer Identification Number (EIN) is: 23-7310664.To learn more, visit

Donate using the online form or make a gift online at Direct any questions about giving to the IEEE History Center to:

IEEE Foundation, Incorporated
IEEE Development Office
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ USA 08854
Phone: +1 732 562-3915
Fax: +1 732 981-9515

Donor Recognition

Every donor who gives to one or more of the Center’s funds administered by the IEEE Foundation makes a difference. Donors may be categorized for their generous support in three recognition groups:

Annual Giving Program

The IEEE History Center recognizes all donors who contribute $25 or more in The History Center Newsletter. Donations of $100 or more will be listed in the printed IEEE Foundation Honor Roll of Donors. Donations of $1000 or more are recognized on the electronic Wall of Honor, which is housed in the IEEE Operations Center in Piscataway, NJ, USA and portable for use at IEEE Foundation exhibits.

The Advocates Association

  • Platinum Advocate, $750 - $999
  • Gold Advocate, $500 - $749
  • Silver Advocate, $250 - $499
  • Bronze Advocate, $100 - $249
  • Advocate, $25 - $99

The Leadership Association

  • President's Club, $100,000 and more
  • Council of Honor, $50,000 - $99,999
  • Benefactor, $25,000 - $49,999
  • Leader, $10,000 - $24,999
  • Patron, $5,000 - $9,999
  • Associate, $2,500 - $4,999
  • Sponsor, $1,000 - $2,499

IEEE Heritage Circle - Honored Philanthropists

Longstanding individual supporters whose donations to IEEE Foundation total US$10,000 since 1 January 1995 will be automatically recognized as an Honored Philanthropist and a member of the IEEE Heritage Circle. Qualifying donations are gifts of: cash, stock, gifts of cash prizes, pledge payments, gifts of royalties and donor advised gifts. Bequests, planned gifts, corporate matching gifts and outstanding pledge balances do not qualify. The Circle contains five named giving levels:

  • 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, $500,000 and more

IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League - Forever Generous

The IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League is an elite group of planned giving donors who are Forever Generous. The group is named for Alfred N. and Gertrude Goldsmith whose philanthropic vision seeded the IEEE Foundation's ability to support IEEE's mission. Members of the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League are building tomorrow by leaving legacy gifts to benefit future generations of engineers. Many members have included a bequest in their will or trust document. Some have named the IEEE Foundation as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan or charitable remainder trust. To join simply contact the IEEE Development Office and let them know you have arranged for a planned gift to either IEEE or IEEE Foundation.