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Embrace the Future and Drive Your Talent Strategy with Opportunity Youth

Hiring opportunity youth addresses talent shortages and connects organizations with innovative, motivated workers. Get SHRM Foundation’s latest research. 

Keeping HR Ahead of the Curve

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, SHRM sits at the center of talent and workplace development strategies, supporting HR professionals, employers and employees alike — and the SHRM Foundation drives action to improve the future of the workplace. Explore how the SHRM Foundation drove positive change across the world of work in 2023, keeping HR ahead of the curve.

Our Focus

To expand access to work and help workers and workplaces thrive, SHRM Foundation focuses on three interconnected pools of work.

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Helping employers engage the full spectrum of talent.

Supporting, celebrating, and diversifying the HR leaders of today and tomorrow.

Preparing and supporting HR leaders to address the challenges coming their way.

By the Numbers

3 out of 4

HR professionals report work from employees hired from untapped talent pools perform the same or better than other employees.

Source: SHRM Foundation (2021), Beneath the Surface: A Unified Approach To Realizing The Value Of Untapped Talent

2.1 million

HR professionals driving change in the U.S.—a number expected to go up by twice the national average growth rate for all other occupations between now and 2032.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics.


of people believe companies should be doing more to support the mental health of their workforce.

Source: Dan Schawbel, in partnership with Oracle (2020), Workplace Intelligence

Our Supporters

INNOVATION: Diamond Investor

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INSPIRATION: Gold Investor

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IMAGINATION: Silver Investor

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COLLABORATION: Bronze Investor

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CHAMPION: Friend Investor

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Upcoming Opportunities

2024 HR Tomorrow Leadership Program

2024 Annual Conference and Exposition Grant

2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships

This scholarship allows for me to focus on that task, do high-caliber research, and know that I have the support of a prestigious society of people with the same values behind me.

Naomi Samuel, Graduate Scholarship Recipient

University of Texas at Arlington