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    At the SHRM Foundation, we help predict where the workforce is headed because we’ve been studying its evolution for over 40 years.  Our vision is a world of inspired business leaders implementing the winning combination of employee fulfillment and business success. We offer unmatched workforce knowledge for the benefit of professional workforce leaders with a total focus on studying and reporting the management practices that work.  Supporting the SHRM Foundation is a chance to contribute to an ongoing study of the direction of human resources in society. The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate of SHRM.


    Just released! 
    Building a High-Performance Culture: A Fresh Look at Performance Management 

    The traditional performance review process continues to be challenging and ineffective for many managers and employees. This report goes beyond the formal review process to explore how leaders can create a performance-based culture using strategies such as improved communication and better relationship skills.

    HRM's Role in Corporate Social and Environmental Sustainability
    Written by an international team of authors, this new report summarizes the latest research on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Learn how to take the lead in advancing sustainability throughout your organization.

    Special Call for Research:
    Identifying and Mitigating Human Capital Risk in Enterprise Risk Assessment 

    The SHRM Foundation is seeking proposals for research on the broad range of HR issues in risk management. This topic is a major priority on the Foundation's research agenda.

    Submission deadline: July 9, 2012.

    Congratulations! The winner of the SHRM Learning System drawing is Phil Vardiman. Thank you to all of our donors, who shared great quotes about the SHRM Foundation.

    "The SHRM Foundation provides innovative educational resources assisting organizations to stay ahead of our changing employment landscape. As HR professionals, we mold futures. The SHRM Foundation helps meet those challenges."

    2012 Sponsorship Opportunities
    Our financial sponsors play an important role in helping us to shape the workforce. For more information on partnership opportunities contact Tiffany Merklinger, Development Manager, at 703-535-6316 or

    See how your donations have helped past scholarship winners. Watch video now.


    New! Wellness Strategies to Improve Employee Health, Performance and the Bottom Line
    A concise overview of the key steps and benefits to creating an effective wellness program. Sponsored by Humana.

    New! HR's Role in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
    A new report produced in partnership with the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) and the North American Human Resource Management Association (NAHRMA). 

    Promoting Employee Well-Being
    Research shows that employee health status directly influences work behavior, attendance and on-the-job performance. Learn how to assess your organization's health risk, manage your health care costs and develop a healthier workplace culture. Sponsored by Humana.

    New! Doing Well by Doing Good
    The SHRM Foundation traveled to Mumbai, India to learn how a global conglomerate well-known for supporting its community translates global sustainability into concrete local actions. This 20-minute film describes the Aditya Birla Group's ongoing investment in social and economic development in the communities in which they operate.

    The SHRM Foundation Effective Practice Guidelines series:


    SHRM Foundation Grants Awarded 2005 - present