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Sponsorship Opportunities


Through the generous support of our donors and sponsors, the SHRM Foundation works to be a catalyst for thought leadership and to shape the future of HR.

Thank you current SHRM Foundation sponsors!

The SHRM Foundation is seeking partners to shape the future of HR. Sponsorships are available for individuals, organizations, and corporations who are looking to align themselves with a highly regarded leader in HR research and professional growth. Partnering with the SHRM Foundation is mutually beneficial – the Foundation receives the support necessary to fund cutting-edge HR research and essential programs to support the HR profession, and a sponsor positions itself as a leader in the HR profession by championing scholarships, awards, educational products, and future focused research.

Sponsorship is available on four areas:

1. Thought Leadership Initiative and Retreat

2. Educational Products

3. Scholarships

4. Special Events

For more information or to secure a sponsorship, contact:

Ashlee Droscher Smith, M.S.
Director, Development · 703.535.6291

1. Thought Leadership Initiative and Retreat

In 2013, the SHRM Foundation introduced its new Thought Leadership Initiative to inform "what's next".  The Foundation has adopted a strategic initiative to shape and enable thought leadership around workforce issues for progressive organizational leaders.

Working with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the SHRM Foundation is conducting a multi-phase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to impact the workplace in the next 5-10 years. The SHRM Foundation will be publishing products around three critical themes:

1. Evolution of 'Work' and the 'Worker'

2. Engaging and Integrating a Global Workforce

3. Use of Talent Analytics for Competitive Advantage

Created by the SHRM Foundation more than 15 years ago, the annual Thought Leaders Retreat brings together a select, invitation-only audience of approximately 125 senior level HR executives from leading organizations and prominent researchers in the field.  Participants engage in candid discussions and explore issues shaping the future of the HR profession and their implications for research and practice. This year’s retreat will be in late September in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information about the Thought Leadership initiative click here, and for more information about the Thought Leaders retreat, click here

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: For companies, organizations, and individuals interested in connecting themselves with thought leadership and exposure to HR decision-makers, sponsorship is available for initiative themes, products, and the retreat.

2. Educational Products

The SHRM Foundation funds the development of HR education materials that focus on evidence-based, effective HR practices. A wide variety of resources are available for every level of the HR professional. All products are complimentary and available for download via our website.

DVD Series:

Through interviews with top executives, these DVDs present real-world case studies of strategic HR in action. The DVD series focuses on various HR-related strategies successfully implemented by leading organizations with topics ranging from talent management to ethics to workplace flexibility. 

Effective Practice Guideline Reports:  

The Effective Practice Guideline reports (EPG) series provide a concise summary of important research findings in a condensed, easy-to-use format for busy HR professionals.

Executive Briefings:

The executive briefings series make research-based knowledge more accessible to organizational leaders. In 3-5 pages, briefings summarize relevant human capital research and expert opinion to provide a concise overview.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Align your company with independent, actionable, evidence based research on a topic that connects with your corporate mission. Sponsorships are available for each product type and for a wide variety of topics. Contact us to learn more about future research and products. 

3. Scholarship sponsorships

The SHRM Foundation supports lifelong learning for HR professionals and students through scholarship awards for college expenses and professional certifications. The Foundation currently awards close to 150 scholarships annually to further the professional knowledge of current and future HR leaders. Learn more about our scholarships here.

Current sponsorships opportunities include:

Sponsor a scholarship division
Supporting a scholarship division means linking your company to professional scholarships, student scholarships, or dissertation grants. The Foundation manages all aspects of the scholarship program, allowing a sponsor to connect with a well-established program.

Sponsor an individual scholarship
Your support of an individual scholarship means that a student or professional will be able to further their studies in HR. Sponsorship benefits include naming rights, promotional opportunities, and a fully managed program. 

SPONSORHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Position yourself, your company, or your organization as a supporter of HR learning and development by becoming a scholarship sponsor. Scholarship sponsorships are tailored to fit, and available for an entire division or an individual scholarship, or, are available for a short term or long term commitment.

4. Foundation Events

Sponsorship of SHRM Foundation events and activities are unique opportunities for companies to connect with HR professionals who support furthering their profession.

SHRM Foundation Luncheon
Held yearly during the heard of SHRM Annual Conference, the Foundation’s luncheon recognizes and thanks SHRM Foundation supporters while sharing how the Foundation is shaping the future of HR.

Give on the Go mobile giving campaign
This giving campaign encourages SHRM Annual Conference attendees to shape the future of HR at their fingertips by making a donation to the SHRM Foundation.

Silent Auction to benefit the SHRM Foundation

The always highly-anticipated and well-attended SHRM Foundation Silent Auction is held on Friday evening during the SHRM Volunteer Leaders Summit. The silent auction offers more than 60 unique items available during a reception for state council and volunteer leaders.

SPONSORHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Build brand awareness and connect with HR professionals and volunteer leaders during these Foundation events. Connecting yourself with a Foundation event or campaign allows you to show your support of the HR profession while offering an opportunity for interaction with HR leaders within a social setting.

For more information or to secure a sponsorship, contact:

Ashlee Droscher Smith, M.S.
Director, Development · 703.535.629

(Page updated July 8, 2014)​