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What is the SHRM Foundation and Why Should HR Pros Use It?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:06 AM | Aimee Newman (Administrator)

The SHRM Foundation exists as a resource for HR professionals to take advantage of in order to better serve their employers and the community. Following is more information on the ins and outs of the foundation.

  1. In what types of situations would an HR professional find themselves reaching out to the foundation?

    SHRM Foundation's mission is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing:
    * Research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing  employees and potential employees.
    * Scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals and students to make change happen and
    * Opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities.

    HR Professionals can reach out to the foundation for any of the above situations on their behalf or on behalf of the organizations and the people they serve. The resources they provide are numerous. 

    The foundation provides financial resources to support the development of HR professionals. In 2020, the foundation will award more than $500,000 in certification, academic and professional development scholarships and grants to HR professionals and students. Click here for more information about available scholarships.

  2. Is the foundation's help free?
    Most resources are free except for any specific materials that individuals might purchase, such as a certification study kit. Many of the initiatives are volunteers led - HR professionals giving back to help others in the profession or to advance HR causes - so there are little or no costs associated with them.

  3. What are the benefits of volunteering with the foundation?
    A few benefits are:
    * opportunity to network with other HR professionals;
    * leadership development; and
    * opportunity for personal and professional growth.

  4. What are some of the various ways the foundation can help HR professionals?
    HR professionals can tap the resources the foundation provides from its various initiatives (past, present and future); apply for various scholarships it provides for graduate education, conferences, and learning systems; network with other professionals to learn from them and share the knowledge; and give back by volunteering.

The foundation's current initiatives to help workforce development are:

Veterans at Work
Getting Talent Back to Work
The Aging Workforce
Building an Inclusive Culture
Employing Abilities @Work

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