As a new fundraising initiative, the IET has agreed that all new donations and pledges for our Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, Engineering Horizons Bursaries, Education 5-19 programmes of Faraday Challenge Days and IET FIRST LEGO League will be matched up to the value of £1 million.
Launching earlier in the summer, the match funding will apply to donations from any source, including individuals, foundations, and corporate donors up to the end of the IET’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2021.
It's no secret that there is a skills gap in engineering. This is attributable to a number of factors, including the way in which engineering is perceived by young people, accessibility and routes to entry, as well as how well-resourced teachers are in the classroom and beyond.
With £1 million of donated funds and £1 million matched by the IET we could support 300 engineering students and apprentices and inspire 20,000 children across the UK.
Bhavini Bhatt, Fundraising and Campaign Development Manager, said: ”Thousands more children and young people have been able to take part in the IET’s programmes thanks to generous donors. This is a wonderful opportunity for our members to get behind the initiatives as any donation they make will be doubled by the IET.”
The initiative is being championed by IET Past President Nick Winser. He said: “We hope to supercharge our fundraising efforts by offering to double any new donations made. This will enable us to attract more young people into great careers in engineering.”
Since July we already have new pledges and donations in support of our flagship programmes which will all be match-funded.