Lawrence D’Addario
Goldsmith Legacy League Member

Since joining IEEE as a student in 1988, Lawrence D’Addario continues to find great reasons to support IEEE. “I maintain my membership because besides educational, networking and development activities, belonging to a professional organization elevates the entire industry by giving us a strong voice when needed,” he said. “In addition, I’ve attended many meetings, which were always fun opportunities to meet others in my industry.”

Lawrence made his first gift to IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) in 2005 and now is a Forever Generous member of the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League. “My HKN support helps students attend HKN Student Leadership Conferences, which help develop professional and leadership skills – valuable assets for an engineer to acquire,” he said. “The IEEE History Center’s Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History (REACH) and EPICS in IEEE programs are also great fits, and my more recent interests in sustainable living match nicely to the IEEE Smart Village program and new Empower a Billion Lives project,” he said.

For those exploring ways to donate to IEEE, Lawrence said that the Donor Advised Funds option offers many advantages. “It’s administratively easy, a better tax option for donating hard assets (like stock), allows me to donate anonymously and has positive societal impacts long into the future,” he said. Regarding his decision to include the IEEE Foundation in his estate plans this year, “the IEEE Foundation offers direct-impact programs with educational opportunities and, while these programs may evolve by the time my estate is executed, I have confidence that the organization will persist and that beneficial programs will continue,” he said.

“The IEEE Foundation serves society well and to continue those programs into the far future requires continued funding,” Lawrence said. “One easy way to do that is to include the organization in your estate plans.”