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SHRM Foundation

Andrea Williams, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Director, SHRM Foundation

About the Foundation

The SHRM Foundation is a values-based charity organization whose mission is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals to make change happen and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities. The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizational affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation Announces HR Florida State Council as Top Fundraiser and SHRM Foundation State Council Champion for 2019

Tampa, Fla. – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation has announced its top fundraisers of 2019. HR Florida State Council took the top spot in the country for state councils, while six state chapters landed in the Top 25: HR Tampa (No. 11), HR Palm Beach County (No. 12), SHRM Jacksonville (No. 14), Big Bend SHRM (No. 17), Greater Orlando SHRM (No. 21) and HR Collier (No. 22). SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters nationwide.


SHRM Foundation Innovation Grants

SHRM Foundation Innovation Grants support SHRM state councils and chapters working to improve their communities and build inclusive organizations.  In 2020, the SHRM Foundation will award five grants of up to $10,000 each for programs or services that have practical and measurable effects on building awareness of the value veterans bring to the workforce or building the skills and abilities of HR professionals to attract, hire and retain veterans.  Awards may be granted to an existing program that is ready for expansion, or for new projects that will be implemented within six months of the award date. 
The application opened on January 15, closes on March 1, and winners will be announced on May 15. 


Click HERE for more information.

New for 2018

In 2018, the SHRM Foundation will award almost $500,000 in support to students seeking undergraduate, graduate, certification and professional development opportunities. We encourage all eligible SHRM members, student members, Chapters and State Councils and organizations to apply for one or more of the scholarships and awards listed below.

To get involved and learn more about these exciting changes visit the SHRM Foundation page @

HR Florida Contributions

HR Florida has continuously been a leader in donating contributions to the SHRM Foundation, In 2016 and 2017, HR Florida was number one in the nation for Fundraising State Councils.  We hope to achieve this recognition again in 2018 and beyond!  

  • January 2018 Leadership Conference - $3500+ raised
  • August 2017 HR Florida Raffle and the Monday night fun time raised $7,500.
  • Results for 2017 total contributions increased from 2017 by 18%, with HR Florida and Chapters raising $91,204.00!
  • All 28 Florida chapters made contributions to the Foundation.  As you can see by our results, the biggest contributors are our chapters and we are very proud of the support from our great state!
  • Breakdown:  Chapters: $64,538 HR Florida State Council: $26,973.

Help us maintain 100% participation in the state of Florida by ensuring that all chapter donations are received by December 31, 2018.   To be recognized at the SHRM Volunteer Leader's Summit in November, the donations should be submitted by early October.


How to Become a Chapter Champion

From raising funds to teaching members how to build inclusive organizations, the SHRM Foundation is grateful for the support from your chapter or state council. To help you stay organized and prioritize your efforts, the SHRM Foundation has created three suggested checklists.  

The basic checklist

Time may be short, so this basic checklist is everything your chapter/council should complete to become a SHRM Foundation Champion and qualify as an Aging Workforce Partner.

Designate a SHRM Foundation Chair or Director to lead your chapter or council Foundation activities.

Share with your members about the SHRM Foundation and present the 10 minute PowerPoint presentation about the current inclusion initiative: employing the aging workforce. 

Ask your members, and strongly encourage your board members, to join Team Empower by making a donation of $30 or more to the SHRM Foundation and pledging to support our inclusion initiative. 

Host a fundraising event to benefit the SHRM Foundation.

Make a donation from chapter or council funds to the SHRM Foundation by December 31.


When completing the SHAPE workbook, include your chapter's/council's work to support the SHRM Foundation (see section 2, #5 on page 8 in the  SHAPE Chapter Workbook or see section 2, #6 on page 7 in the SHAPE Council Workbook). 

The advanced checklist

After you've mastered the basic checklist step-up to tackle this advanced checklist.  

Complete everything in the basic check list, plus:

Join the SHRM Foundation's quarterly CLA webcasts to learn more about the current work, upcoming scholarship deadlines and activities, and impact of the SHRM Foundation.

Launch a Team Empower membership drive at your chapter or state council conference to encourage attendees to join Team Empower. Consider giving Team Empower members special seating during a meeting or a small give-away provided by a sponsor. The SHRM Foundation can provide you with special donation forms and Team Empower badge ribbons. 

Encourage members to apply for SHRM Foundation scholarships, available for academic studies, SHRM certification, and professional development. Work closely with your Certification Chair, Education Chair, and College Relations Chair to launch a campaign to announce the scholarships, offer support during the application process, and to celebrate winners from your chapter or state.

Host a full session or chapter meeting about the employing the aging workforce. Partner with your Workforce Readiness Chair to poll your member with the SHRM Preparing for an Aging Workforce Chapter Survey to compare your members' readiness for the aging workforce to the national survey fielded by SHRM. Share and discuss the results with your members. 

The elite checklist

You're passionate about empowering HR professionals and building inclusive organizations, and you're ready to find creative ways to make a difference.

Complete everything in the basic check list and the advanced checklist, plus:

Make a goal to join the Top 10 Fundraising State Councils or Top 25 Fundraising Chapters by hosting multiple fundraising events, a large-scale event, or a donation drive to benefit the SHRM Foundation.

Create a chapter or council goal to have a select number of scholarship winners from your chapter or state by sharing about scholarships, supporting members as they apply, and celebrating your scholarship winners. 

Sponsor a SHRM Foundation scholarship that will be awarded annually to a member in your chapter or state.

Invite a speaker from SHRM's Speaker's Bureau to present the program on "HR and the Aging Workforce: Strategies and Best Practices".

Contact your local AARP chapter office to partner on local activities or to create an opportunity for members to offer resume and interview coaching for mature workers.

Share your most innovative campaign, activity, or event by applying to become an Innovation Award Winner!


Go to for more information and to apply.


SHRM Foundation Contributions

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. All donations made to the SHRM Foundation are tax deductible.



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