SHRM Foundation

What is SHRM Foundation?


The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The Foundation is a legally separate organization, and is not funded by SHRM membership dues.

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the HR profession, including academics, practitioners and representatives from SHRM.

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

The SHRM Foundation's work includes:

  • Innovative academic research grants.
    The SHRM Foundation is a leading funder of HR research and has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to fund rigorous, original academic research with practical implications for HR management practice.
  • Scholarships.
    The SHRM Foundation awards $170,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members, and doctoral students.
  • Educational resources.
    The SHRM Foundation's Effective Practice Guidelines series make research findings easily accessible to HR practitioners.

How Do I Benefit from The Foundation?

The Effective Practice Guidelines series presents important research findings in a condensed, easy-to-use format for busy HR professionals by providing complimentary copies for your immediate use, topics include:

  • New! Employment Downsizing and Its Alternatives
  • New! Recruiting and Attracting Talent
  • Learning System Design
  • Human Resource Strategy
  • Retaining Talent
  • Developing Leadership Talent
  • Implementing Total Rewards Strategies
  • Employee Engagement and Commitment
  • Selection Assessment Methods
  • Performance Management

A number of our student members have received student scholarships as a result of the donations our Metro Milwaukee SHRM members and Member organizations have provided. To date, two students have received scholarships locally.

Member organizations have hired our former student members into productive and visible opportunities within their organizations.

The following journals have published the most Foundation research with help for you!:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Academy of Management Journal

The SHRM Foundation will award a total of $100,000 annually in scholarships for SHRM members pursuing degrees in HR-related fields or SPHR, GPHR, PHR certifications. Members working in the media industry and pursuing a college degree are eligible to apply for a Barbara Sanchez Scholarship.

In addition, SHRM professional chapters and state councils are eligible to compete for the Certification scholarship to fund programs that promote SPHR, GPHR, PHR or California certification. (Note: 'SHRM members' includes professional, general or associate members. Student members, student chapters and local-only members of chapters are not eligible for this scholarship program.)

How Can I Help Contribute?

Each year Metro Milwaukee SHRM Chapter holds events that provide each member an opportunity to donate – your donations are vital to ensure the SHRM Foundation can continue the work that you directly benefit from professionally. Some of these events included our Annual Golf Outing, our Membership Orientation, our Holiday Networking Event and others. Any contribution large or small helps us reach our annual goals.

If each member donates at least $1.00 – we could contribute efforts to a variety of needs that result in additional information, tools and resources for you and your organization.

Your charitable donation is an investment in the future of the HR profession and supports the important work of the SHRM Foundation -- including scholarships, research grants, and educational resources. You can donate directly online at or submit your donation to our local Metro Milwaukee SHRM Chapter by contacting .

How Can I Volunteer?

Periodically, the SHRM Foundation needs volunteers to assist in reviewing the content of publications and grant applications. In addition, the SHRM Foundation hires subject matter experts to write reports. To indicate your interest in these and other opportunities, please complete the Get Involved Form and return it to the SHRM Foundation.

For more information, visit the SHRM Foundation

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