Though individuals eventually pass away, their actions can have a far-reaching impact on others around the world long after they’re gone. 

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Such is the case for Dorothy Percival, widow of late IEEE Life Member Alan Percival, whose generous bequest to the IEEE Foundation upon her passage in October 2021 enabled the establishment of the new Humanitarian Technologies Board (HTB) Endowment Fund, that will allow an expanded number of beneficial humanitarian projects to be undertaken by IEEE globally.

“The IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board inspires and empowers IEEE volunteers around the world to engage in impactful humanitarian technology activities at the local level,” shared Lwanga Herbert, IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board Chair. Herbert further explained, “This donation will enable future engineers and technologists to utilize their knowledge to design and deploy technological solutions that solve existing global humanitarian challenges faced in local communities around the world.”  

Through the new Humanitarian Technologies Board Endowment Fund, launched in August 2023, US$1 million of Percival’s generous estate gift will augment the HTB’s previous project budget and support the growing demand for and importance of humanitarian initiatives within the IEEE community by enabling the HTB to fund approximately 4-6 more humanitarian technology projects annually. For more information on the IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board, visit

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