IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League

Members engrave a legacy of generosity and advancement on their professional home - IEEE.

IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League

Members engrave a legacy of generosity and advancement on their professional home - IEEE.

Forever Generous

The IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League celebrates the elite group of legacy giving donors who are building tomorrow by ensuring IEEE programs are able to turn their ambitions into impact. These Forever Generous donors are recognized for including the IEEE Foundation in their estate plans.

How to Become a Member
There are many ways to show your support and it is never too early or too late to start! As you create or update your plans, consider the role IEEE has played in your life and the legacy you want to leave IEEE. The IEEE Foundation team would be honored to assist with finding the right way for you to integrate IEEE into your estate plan.

Forever Generous donors are those you have included IEEE or the IEEE Foundation in their estate plans.

If you have included the IEEE Foundation in your Estate Plans, please share the good news so we may induct you into the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League.

IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League

The Goldsmith Legacy

The League is named for Gertrude and Alfred N. Goldsmith in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to IEEE. 

Alfred N. Goldsmith was a founder of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) (a predecessor society of IEEE), Editor of the Proceedings of the IRE for 42 years, and an IRE Board member for 51 years. His commitment did not end with his lifetime; his estate included a generous bequest for the IEEE Foundation.  

Mr. Goldsmith’s bequest was the most generous the IEEE Foundation had seen until a few years later, when his wife Gertrude Goldsmith honored her husband's legacy and expressed her own gratitude to the profession by leaving an even greater amount in her estate. Together the Goldsmiths’ legacy gifts exponentially expanded the IEEE Foundation’s ability to support IEEE philanthropic imperatives.

Ways to Give Tomorrow & Qualify for the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League

Member Benefits

In addition to the knowledge that a legacy gift makes a difference to the future of IEEE, members of the IEEE
Goldsmith Legacy League receive a special recognition item, recognition in the IEEE Foundation Annual Report
and other appropriate IEEE Foundation publications, and personal estate and tax planning information.

If you are currently considering taking this forever generous step, we welcome a conversation with you
and your loved ones. 

The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal, tax or investment advice. If you are considering a planned gift to the IEEE Foundation, we highly recommend you consult with your own tax and legal advisors to determine the best options for you.

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