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Friday, October 15, 2021 10:24:00 AM

Karen Kaufman
member of the Goldsmith Legacy League since 2009, IEEE Foundation

staffer Karen Kaufman hopes to have an impact on future generations

IEEE staffer Karen Kaufman has demonstrated that donating to the IEEE Foundation isn’t just for IEEE members. In 2009, the Senior Manager of Communication & IEEE Brand Ambassador for the IEEE Foundation joined the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League as a Forever Generous member and hasn’t looked back since.

“I decided to leave a percentage of the residual of my estate to the IEEE Foundation to use as they deem appropriate to show that everyone can do a little something now to make a bigger impact later,” shared Kaufman, who joined the IEEE Foundation team in 2008.

“Working for the IEEE Foundation, I see how responsibly money is used to support important IEEE philanthropic initiatives worldwide and I am privileged to witness the impact of those initiatives on real people,” Kaufman explained. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is seeing how thrilled members are when they can make a difference in the human condition through a donation of time, talent, or treasure and/or when they see their own programs funded by the IEEE Foundation. It’s extremely gratifying, both personally and professionally, to be part of that moving experience.”

Kaufman knows a thing or two about the power of giving. In addition to her support of extensive volunteer work for a range of animal rescue and welfare groups, she’s performed as a clown in the famed Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City for the past 13 years, bringing love, light and joy to the parade’s throngs of spectators.

“While my job is to tell our members’ stories in hopes that others will be inspired to give, I feel proud to be able to set a positive example and give what I can to the IEEE Foundation from my estate,” confirmed Kaufman, who received her Goldsmith Legacy League certificate at an IEEE Life Members meeting and was humbled to receive a standing ovation for her generous act from a grateful audience. “Though I may not be able to make a huge financial contribution now,” she said, “I feel that my legacy gift can have an indelible impact on future generations and make great strides towards advancing technology for humanity.”

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