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At the SHRM Foundation, we are a catalyst for thought leadership. We help predict where the workforce is headed because we’ve been studying its evolution for more than 40 years. We offer unmatched workforce knowledge for progressive leaders, with a total focus on studying and reporting the management practices that work.




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Congratulations 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition Scholarship Winners!

- Jonathan DeArmond (North Central region) 

- Ronda Gress Wakefield (Pacific West region)  

- Cindy King (Northeast region)

- Edna Lugo (Southwest Central region) 

- Jatisha Marsh (Southeast region)

New! The Evolution of Work and the Worker: Five Key Trends From SHRM's Special Expertise Panels
SHRM panel members identify changes to expect and recommend ways to prepare for the changing nature of work.

   --Hear Foundation Programs Director Beth McFarland discuss the five trends in a live radio interview.​   

New! The Aging Workforce: Leveraging the Talents of Mature Employees
Mature workers—generally defined as workers over age 50 or 55-- have experience and skills honed during decades of employment.  This new report provides strategies for recruiting and retaining older workers.

Make your impact by donating to the SHRM Foundation
Donations deliver scholarships, produce workplace resources, further HR research, and advance thought leadership. 
Make your impact on the future of HR by donating to the SHRM Foundation. 
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New! Evaluating Worksite Wellness: Practical Applications for Employers
Justifying the cost of wellness programs can be difficult. This new report can help. It provides techniques, tools and strategies for evaluating wellness programs and determining the most cost-effective interventions that will yield results. 

Learn more about the Changing Nature of Work and the Worker
Executive summary of the 2014 Thought Leaders Retreat now available featuring sessions on crowdsourcing, innovation, the aging workforce and the changing demographics of workers.

Leveraging Workplace Flexibility for Engagement and Productivity
Implementing flexible work options can sometimes be challenging due to the perception that it is primarily an employee benefit. In fact, this new report shows how offering workplace flexibility can also be a key management tool to enhance productivity and engagement.

Resources for Adapting to an Aging Workforce 
With generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the SHRM Foundation has created the following resources: 


What will the world of work look like 5-10 years from now? 
Visit our new digital hub to learn how the globalization of business, changing demographics and evolving patterns of mobility will transform the workplace. Download your new complimentary SHRM Foundation research report sponsored by Randstad and written by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). 

Research That Matters
'One-size-fits-all' HR approach can be precarious for multinational companies. Read More...

Join the e-Rewards Opinion Panel and support the SHRM Foundation
If you received an e-mail from e-Rewards, we encourage you to join their panel. Doing so will help to support the HR profession as the Foundation will receive a $5 donation for every SHRM member who enrolls and completes a survey. Please note: Your information will not be sold or disseminated. If you have questions, please contact:




New! Investing in Older Workers DVD
Our workforce is aging in the U.S. and in other developed countries. This can present a number of challenges for HR. Find out how award-winner NIH retains and engages its older workers in this new video underwritten by AARP and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Good Ethics=Good Business
Shaping an Ethical Workplace Culture
, a new report sponsored by Briggs and Morgan, P.A. and The Kenrich​ Group LLC, briefly summarizes the latest research on ethics in the workplace, and identifies specific ways HR can foster a more ethical corporate culture.

Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap
Sponsored by Manpower

Social Media in the Workplace: Issues and Strategic Questions
Sponsored by Spherion 

Employee Engagement: Your Competitive Advantage
Sponsored by Randstad 

Dollar General: Serving Others Dollar General’s Commitment to the Military Community, an educational DVD program



 SHRM Foundation Premier Sponsors


With the support of sponsors and donors, the SHRM Foundation is shaping the future of HR.

To view a full list of our sponsors and donors, please visit our sponsor page.

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 Monthly Update


Win a Virtual Certification Prep seminar at Annual Conference & Exposition, meet the Inaugural winners of the SHRM Foundation scholarship, and more!

View Our June 2015 Monthly Update




Featured Video: Four Ways to Adapt to an Aging Workforce
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Featured Video: Preserving Institutional Knowledge
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Featured Video: Implementing Flexible Work Options
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Featured Video: Offering Phased Retirement
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