SHRM Foundation Selects Cappelli for Board

By SHRM Online staff Mar 10, 2010
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Peter Cappelli, Ph.D.

Peter Cappelli, Ph.D., has joined the executive board of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation.

The SHRM Foundation is the 501(c) (3) nonprofit affiliate of SHRM and acts as the leading funder of HR research grants. The Foundation, located at SHRM headquarters in Alexandria, Va., produces publications and educational resources to advance the HR profession. Board members are volunteers, with representatives from academia, HR practitioners and SHRM executives. A complete list of the board can be found here.

SHRM Foundation Board Chair William A. Schiemann, Ph.D., appointed Cappelli to serve the remainder of a term vacated by a board member. He will serve two years and will be eligible for election to a three-year term.

Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. In addition, he is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Cappelli has led educational programs at the SHRM Annual Conference and was among senior HR leaders addressing the SHRM Foundation’s Thought Leaders Retreat in October 2009. He is the author of Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty (Harvard Business School Press, 2008).

In 2001, Vault.com listed him among the 25 most influential people in the human capital field for 2000.

From 1978 to 1980, Cappelli was a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University, where he received his doctorate in labor economics. He has been a Brookings Institution guest scholar and a German Marshall Fund Fellow. He has been on the faculty at MIT, the University of Illinois and the University of California at Berkeley.

He served on the staff of the U.S. Secretary of Labor's Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988 to 1990 and was co-director of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce.

Cappelli was on three National Research CouncilCommittees, is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, serves on the advisory boards of several companies, and is the founding editor of the Academy of Management Perspectives.

Foundation Annual Campaign

Despite a poor economy, the Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign in 2009 brought in $745,949, exceeding its fundraising goal by $3,300.

Those tax-deductible donations came from:

  • SHRM professional and student chapters and state councils contributed nearly $462,000. Their donations made up 62 percent of the annual campaign’s total. The 2009 numbers were down 2 percent from a record high of $470,000 in 2008 and up almost 5 percent from $441,000 in 2007.
  • Individual donors contributed nearly $162,000, a 26 percent increase over $128,000 in 2008. There was a record number of individual donors in 2009.
  • Corporate gifts and sponsorships of $80,000, a 29 percent increase over $62,000 donated in 2007.

SHRM, the J. J. Keller Foundation and the HR Certification Institute have multiyear commitments to the Foundation as corporate sponsors.

The Foundation holds three silent auctions annually—one at Annual Conference, one during the SHRM Leadership Conference and one held online around Annual Conference.

The money from the campaign is used to fund research grants; HR-related scholarly projects, such as $170,000 in education and certification scholarships awarded annually to professional and student SHRM members; and educational products such as the Foundation’s “Effective Practice Guidelines Series” on topics such as alternatives to downsizing. The Foundation’s research grant program funded more than $1 million in original research 2008 and 2009, according to Laurie Perry, Development Manager for the SHRM Foundation.

But it is the chapter and state council fundraising efforts—such as the Raleigh-Wake HR Management Association’s annual golf tournament that donated all of its $11,393 proceeds—that play a major part in the Foundation’s fundraising success, Perry said.

She noted how grateful the Foundation is for SHRM members’ support, especially during a year when “it was a huge challenge for any nonprofit to do fundraising.”

Related Article:

SHRM Foundation Names Two New Board Members, HR News, Sept. 1, 2009
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