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SHRM Foundation Supports HR Professionals

During these challenging economic times, the SHRM Foundation remains committed to providing support to HR professionals through scholarships, educational products and research grants. This work is made possible by the charitable contributions we receive from SHRM chapters, state councils and members of the HR community. This article will update you on some of the Foundation’s programmatic accomplishments, made possible by your support, and our plans for 2009.

Research Grants

The SHRM Foundation provides multi-year funding for high-impact, original HR research that will advance the knowledge base of the profession. The Foundation now has more than $1.2 million of funded research currently in process. In 2008, we awarded more than $754,000 in research grants—a significant increase over 2007 funding of $566,000 and 2006 funding of about $80,000.

Of the 13 grants awarded in 2008, four projects (31%) are led by researchers based outside the United States—in Australia, the Netherlands and Israel. Six research projects were completed in 2008, and executive summaries of those results are available on the Foundation website.

Scholarships and Awards

The SHRM Foundation provides more than 125 scholarships and awards each year to support HR professionals and students. In 2008, there was a total of $170,000 available through the Foundation’s three scholarship programs: student, professional and dissertation awards.

The $50,000 scholarship program for SHRM student members received a record-setting 381 applications in 2008. The Foundation awarded 25 scholarships for graduate and undergraduate education and professional certification. The $100,000 scholarship program for working professionals awarded 40 academic scholarships and 60 certification scholarships throughout the country ($20,000 is available per SHRM region). The SHRM Foundation greatly appreciates the generous support of the J. J. Keller Foundation, which will again underwrite the 2009 scholarship program for working professionals.

More information about the 2009 awards and scholarship programs can be found on the SHRM Foundation website.

Educational Products

The SHRM Foundation produces a series of products that make research findings and best practices easily accessible to HR practitioners. In October, the Foundation released a new Effective Practice Guidelines report, called Human Resource Strategy: Adapting to the age of globalization. Two additional reports will be released in 2009—Learning Systems Design and Recruiting and Attracting Talent. There are now seven titles in the Effective Practice Guidelines series, and all are available for free download.


As of mid-January, the 2008 Annual Campaign had raised $822,582. This is $127,000 ahead of the 2007 Annual Campaign, and almost $58,000 ahead of the 2008 goal of $765,000. Final numbers will be announced soon, and the annual Honor Roll brochure, which lists all 2008 donors—including individuals, chapters, state councils and others—will be available in the spring. Our 2009 fundraising goal will be announced soon. The SHRM Foundation is also grateful for the continued support of the HR Certification Institute, which supported our operations and programming in 2008 with a $1 million contribution

About the SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation was founded in 1966 as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the HR profession, including academics, practitioners and representatives from SHRM. The Foundation funds research, publications and education to advance the HR profession and enhance the effectiveness of HR professionals. To support its important work, the SHRM Foundation conducts an annual fundraising campaign. All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible. The Foundation promotes research, innovation and the use of research-based knowledge. With an annual budget of approximately $1 million, it funds major research projects that have a direct and practical impact in advancing the HR profession.

Mission Statement and Strategic Objectives

The SHRM Foundation maximizes the impact of the HR profession on organizational decision-making and performance by promoting innovation, education, research, and the use of research-based knowledge.

  • Objective 1: The SHRM Foundation will be a preeminent broker/source of valued research knowledge.
  • Objective 2: The SHRM Foundation will broaden the understanding and application of research-based knowledge and techniques to the HR professional.
  • Objective 3: The SHRM Foundation will make research-based knowledge accessible and actionable for the HR profession.
  • Objective 4: The SHRM Foundation will develop and nurture funding sources for the Foundation's work.

The SHRM Foundation awards a total of $100,000 in scholarships to natinal SHRM members, chapters, and state councils each year. The deadline to apply is usually mid-July of each year. For more information, please visit, the Foundation's scholarship page. The scholarships are awarded through the local SHRM regions. Applications will be judged in the following five groups:

  • Northeast Region
  • Southeast Region (and former Caribbean Atlantic Region)
  • North Central Region
  • Southwest Central Region
  • Pacific West Region (and former Asia Pacific Region)

Each group has a total of $20,000 to distribute in scholarships annually which guarantees that there will be scholarship winners in every region. Twelve certification scholarships of $750 each and eight academic scholarships of $1375 each will be presented in each group.

All national SHRM members pursuing a college degree in human resources or working towards SPHR, GPHR or PHR certification are eligible to apply. (Note: SHRM professional, general or associate members may apply; however student members and local-only members of chapters are not eligible for this scholarship program.) In addition, chapters and state councils are eligible to compete for the scholarship money to fund programs that promote SPHR, GPHR or PHR certification locally.

SHRM members outside the U.S. are eligible to apply. In place of a SHRM region, they should write 'international' on their applications. International applications will be distributed among the five regions for judging.

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