NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2015 – AIChE and its sister societies in the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) are joining together in a campaign to encourage philanthropy among the societies’ members and within their individual professions.
The collaboration — named the “United Engineering Giving Tuesday Challenge” — embraces the Giving Tuesday social movement, which encourages a more conscientious and philanthropic consumer culture. Giving Tuesday, established in 2012 by a coalition of nonprofit organizations, is observed on the Tuesday immediately following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumer holidays, as a way to shift the public’s focus from spending to giving. The inaugural United Engineering Giving Tuesday Challenge will occur on Dec. 1, 2015.
In addition to AIChE, the other groups participating in the Challenge are the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME); the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Foundation; The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST); the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Foundation; and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME).
Each participating society will pose a challenge to its members — to give the organization a gift of support on Giving Tuesday. Individually and as a group, the participating engineering organizations aim to create a culture of philanthropy within each society and in the engineering profession, while raising funds to support the educational programs they conduct. For the Giving Tuesday Challenge, the participating engineering societies are uniting under the banner “Engineer a Better World.”
In November, AIChE will reach out to its 50,000 members with a message about the value of philanthropy, and provide instructions on how to donate on Giving Tuesday. Collectively, the seven participating societies in the United Engineering Giving Tuesday Challenge will convey this message to nearly one million engineers in more than 150 countries.
Money raised by AIChE in the Giving Tuesday Challenge will be donated to the AIChE Foundation’s Annual Fund, which subsidizes a range of programs that include scholarships; support for students, young professionals, women, and underrepresented minority chemical engineers; education and training initiatives; and K–12 outreach.
This is the second year in which AIChE has promoted giving to engineering causes on Giving Tuesday. In 2014, AIChE raised around $5,000 on Giving Tuesday. The Institute’s goal for this year’s Challenge is to raise $7,500.
For information about the Giving Tuesday Challenge, visit www.aiche.org/giving.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information visit www.asme.org.
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