SHRM Foundation Honors Innovation Award Winners

By Kathy Gurchiek Nov 21, 2016

​The SHRM Foundation announced six winners of its second annual Innovation Awards on Friday during the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Volunteer Leaders' Summit in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes five SHRM chapters and one state council that have demonstrated support of the SHRM Foundation's mission in innovative ways. Winners receive a plaque, a digital logo that they may use to promote their win and recognition in the Foundation's monthly update.

Applicants must have made a donation to the Foundation between January 1 and Oct. 15, 2016. The judges were external and internal, including Foundation staff and board members.

The winners are:

Elizabethtown SHRM, Kentucky (small chapter, 10 to 100 members).
This is the second year the chapter has won an Innovation Award. Its 2016 win was due in part to its "I am HR" campaign and the creation of a magazine featuring the faces of HR professionals and businesses in the community. The chapter sought financial support for the magazine from individuals and corporations, and sold copies of the magazine in the community.

Additionally, it created the Opportunity Knox Partnership in which chapter members mentor military veterans looking for work by providing job preparation tips and resume assistance.

Big Bend SHRM, Tallahassee, Fla. (medium chapter, 101 to 300 members).
The chapter created a Breakfast Master Series to educate members and the community about important HR issues and the Foundation. Attendees could earn professional development credits that count toward SHRM recertification at each session. The registration fees collected were donated to the Foundation in support of its mission.

Delaware SHRM Chapter, New Castle County (large chapter, 301 to 500 members).
The chapter created the Golden Club to celebrate the SHRM Foundation's 50th anniversary. To join, members who made a $50 donation to the Foundation were entered in drawings for prizes at every chapter event throughout the year. The chapter has increased awareness of the Foundation's contribution to the profession and increased its contribution amount to the Foundation.

Raleigh Wake HRMA, North Carolina (mega chapter, 501 to 1,000 members).
The chapter raised funds for the Foundation through its annual 5K race. The chapter provided Foundation materials to attendees at the event. "Dress to Impress" was the race theme, incorporating the chapter's involvement with the local Dress for Success program that focuses on empowering women in the workplace.

SHRM-Long Island, New York (super mega chapter, 1,001-plus members).
This is the second year the chapter has won an Innovation Award. The chapter created an Instagram account to share information about the Foundation. Every time the Foundation issued a new initiative, program or report, the chapter posted the information to its Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

It also created a tiered sponsorship program to raise funds on behalf of the Foundation. Sponsorship benefits include having the name and logo of a chapter member's company on the memos and correspondence that the chapter sends out.

Pennsylvania SHRM State Council.
The state council hosted the "PA SHRM Foundation Games" at the State Leadership Conference. In an East vs. West competition, teams were asked 10 questions about the Foundation and earned points for each correct answer. Following the game, copies of the Foundation's DVD series and research were available for chapter leaders. The state council also is sponsoring two certification scholarships to be awarded to SHRM members in Pennsylvania beginning in 2017.

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