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IEEE Humanitarian & Philanthropic Opportunities

  

IEEE is committed to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through IEEE's diverse humanitarian and philanthropic programs, there are many opportunities to make a contribution—big or small—to improving the human condition worldwide. You can become involved at any stage of IEEE engagement through contributions of your time, talent, and treasure. Together, the strength and reach of the IEEE network can be leveraged to make a difference worldwide. Doing good brings great returns.

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Christie Academy Muhuru Bay 3 StudentsAs the philanthropic arm 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, fulfills its purpose by soliciting and managing donations, recognizing the generosity of donors, supporting high-impact IEEE social-good programs, and awarding grants to IEEE grassroots projects of strategic importance. With donor support, the IEEE Foundation strives to be a leader in transforming lives through the power of technology and education.

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Nicauragua Section WorkshopThe Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) program is a network of IEEE volunteers around the globe partnering with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development.

SIGHT operates through local volunteers and partners to achieve sustainable solutions that make a difference in local communities. There are currently over 100 SIGHT groups in nearly 40 countries and representing seven IEEE technical Societies.

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Teacher explaining concepts to studentsEPICS in IEEE empowers students to work with local service organizations to apply technical knowledge to implement solutions for a community’s unique challenges. In this way, EPICS in IEEE not only assists communities in achieving their specific local community improvement goals but also encourages students to pursue engineering for community improvement as a career.

EPICS in IEEE has proven its ability to deliver on the IEEE core purpose of fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

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Energy Entrepreneurs of Ignite AfricaAccess to electricity creates opportunity and improves lives in remote communities around the world. That’s why IEEE Smart Village brings together local entrepreneurs, experienced engineers, expert educators, and passionate volunteers to seed-fund, launch, sustain, and develop clean energy and advanced education systems that serve community needs. By bringing basic electrical services and transformational educational opportunities that support community well-being to more than 50 million people by 2025, IEEE Smart Village is lighting up homes, businesses, and global classrooms—and empowering local economies.

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SSIT SIGHT Ngewelero Health Clinic MalawiThe IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) provides a suite of resources that inspire and enable IEEE volunteers around the world to carry out and/or support impactful humanitarian activities at the local level. HAC focuses on raising awareness of how technically trained people can contribute, providing training for engagement in humanitarian activities, supporting and evaluating humanitarian projects, and cultivating relationships and leveraging opportunities so that IEEE can become a leader in the global humanitarian community. The committee reports to the IEEE Board of Directors.

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Apply for HAC event funding (PDF, 120 KB)

Apply for HAC project funding (PDF, 878 KB)

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IEEE-HKN students with volunteerIEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) is the honor society of IEEE. IEEE-HKN is an early indicator of success and recognizes academic excellence, leadership, outstanding character, and service for undergraduates and graduate students, engineering faculty, and professionals. Founded in 1904 and merged with IEEE in 2010, the HKN story and successes, famous members, THE BRIDGE, and HKN awards encourage and enable students and professionals to achieve and pledge themselves to uphold the highest ideals of the profession. Each year, the more than 250 HKN chapters worldwide perform over 90,000 hours of community service, including tutoring, peer mentoring, course advising, university ambassadors, STEM community outreach, and more.

Eta Kappa Nu … Scholarship … Attitude … Character

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Experiment design challenge, led by the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, in New York City, NYThe IEEE Life Members Committee, a joint committee of IEEE and the IEEE Foundation, provides leadership in identifying and supporting interests of IEEE Life members (LMs) and future LMs in activities of IEEE including but not limited to IEEE Life Member Affinity Groups and the IEEE Life Member Newsletter. The LMC manages donations entrusted to the IEEE Life Members Fund and, along with the IEEE Foundation, provides grant funding exclusively to IEEE organizational units.

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REACH TriremeThe mission of the IEEE History Center is to make known to the public the important legacy of engineering, thereby contributing to better understanding and appreciation of engineering and to increased technological literacy. The Center does this through a series of programs that promote preservation of, research into, and dissemination of information about the history of IEEE-related sciences, technologies, and industries. In particular, the IEEE REACH program is a strategic initiative of the IEEE Foundation aimed at pre-university students.

Visit the IEEE History Center to learn more about the programs, how to subscribe to the Center’s newsletter, and how to get involved in IEEE’s historical activities.

The IEEE History Center makes its rich digital resources available on the Engineering & Technology History Wiki. It developed the ETHW and operates it on behalf of a consortium of major engineering associations.

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IEEE EngineerIt's been estimated that the power and energy industry in the United States and Canada will experience as much as a 50% turnover in engineers, and there's increasing concern about the availability of highly skilled, quality engineers. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative was established to get more undergraduates students involved in the Power & Energy industry. The program recognizes highly qualified electrical engineering undergraduate students with multi-year scholarships and assists in connecting them with relevant and meaningful career experiences. Since the program launched in 2011, 1,172 scholarships have been distributed to 723 individuals attending 169 universities across the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

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Man speaking into microphoneIEEE Internet Initiative advances solutions for a trustworthy and inclusive internet by contributing technology expertise and resources to the policy ecosystem and providing a collaborative development platform and community to produce action-oriented and implementable outputs.
 

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