Inspiring the Future

IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League - Forever Generous

You are invited to join an elite group – IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League - the IEEE Foundation's planned giving donor recognition group. Members of the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League are Forever Generous. They are building tomorrow by leaving a legacy gift to benefit future generations of engineers.

Planned gifts typically come from assets rather than income. Many League 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. Others include the IEEE Foundation in their donor advised fund succession plan.

Regardless of the amount, each planned gift is critical to sustaining IEEE Foundation’s effort to advance IEEE’s core purpose to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.


The League is named for Gertrude and Alfred N. Goldsmith in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to IEEE. During his lifetime, Alfred N. Goldsmith made a significant personal commitment to furthering the goals of the profession. He was one of the founders of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE), a predecessor society of the IEEE, Editor of the Proceedings of the IRE for 42 years, and a member of the IRE board for 51 years. He perpetuated his commitment to the profession after his death by providing a significant bequest to the IEEE Foundation through his estate. Gertrude honored her husband's legacy in the engineering community by leaving a generous portion of her estate to the IEEE Foundation. Together Gertrude (Maude) and Alfred Goldsmith’s philanthropic vision expotentially expaneded the IEEE Foundation's ability to support IEEE’s mission.


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:

  • Keepsake coin and Certificate of membership in a custom presentation binder
  • Personal estate and tax planning information
  • IEEE Foundation Focus newsletter


Simply let the IEEE Development Office know you have included IEEE or the IEEE Foundation in your plans. You will be asked to share your giving designation to ensure your intentions can be upheld. Details are kept strictly confidential and donors may request to remain anonymous.

A planned gift is a great way to be Forever Generous and leave a legacy benefiting future generations of engineers and IEEE.

Access the sample bequest language.

For more information, or to hold a confidential discussion, please contact:

IEEE Foundation - IEEE Development Office
Phone: +1 732 465 5871
e-mail: donate@ieee.org

IEEE Foundation

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Email: donate@ieee.org

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