About our blog post author: Nancy Rife has been an HR practitioner for over 9 years, and holds her SPHR certification. She is a graduate of DePauw University with a degree in Psychology and Butler University with her MBA. Nancy currently works as the HR Director for MJ Insurance, Inc. Although a long-time member of IndySHRM, working with the Foundation is Nancy’s first volunteer role with IndySHRM.


I was recently asked to volunteer with IndySHRM and assist with our efforts to benefit the SHRM Foundation.   Of course, I said ‘yes’ knowing that ‘Foundation’ means good work for a good cause! Honestly, however, I was not aware of what the SHRM Foundation did and for whom… so I ventured to the SHRM website and here is what I found!

  • The SHRM Foundation is funded by tax deductible donations, not through SHRM membership dues.
  • The SHRM Foundation’s work includes awarding academic research grants and scholarships.
  • Over the past three years, the SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to fund rigorous, original academic research with practical implications for HR management practice.
  • The Foundation also awards $170,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members, and doctoral students.

The Foundation also provides a multitude of education resources for programming and training. The Effective Practice Guidelines series makes research findings easily accessible for HR practitioners. The Foundation has also created a series of educational DVDs for SHRM chapter programming, staff trainings, and executive education sessions. These are complimentary and can be found under Foundation Products on the SHRM website.

So where does the money come from to support this good work? The SHRM Foundation conducts an annual fundraising campaign. Financial support comes from SHRM chapters, state councils, individuals, corporations and others.

Congratulations to IndySHRM for placing in the Top Ten Chapters for financial donations and pledges to the SHRM Foundation in 2010!   Look for opportunities to donate in 2011!