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 #GivingTuesday Challenge” — embraces the #GivingTuesday social movement, which encourages a more conscientious and philanthropic consumer culture. #GivingTuesday, 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 #GivingTuesday Challenge will occur on Dec. 1, 2015.
In addition to AIChE, the other groups participating in the Challenge are the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Foundation; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); 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 #GivingTuesday. 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 #GivingTuesday Challenge, the participating engineering societies are uniting under the banner “Engineer a Better World.”
In November, AIChE will reach out to its 60,000 members with a message about the value of philanthropy, and provide instructions on how to donate on #GivingTuesday. Collectively, the seven participating societies in the United Engineering #GivingTuesday Challenge will convey this message to nearly one million engineers in more than 150 countries.
Money raised by AIChE in the #GivingTuesday 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 #GivingTuesday. In 2014, AIChE raised around $5,000 on #GivingTuesday. The Institute’s goal for this year’s Challenge is to raise $7,500.
For information about the #GivingTuesday Challenge and how to support AIChE, visit www.aiche.org/givingtuesday.
About AIChE: AIChE is a professional society of more than 50,000 chemical engineers in 100 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.