Maria D. Garate, PHR, SHRM-CP, Texas SHRM Foundation Director

SHRM Foundation 2018 Snapshot

The Vision:

Empowered HR professionals building inclusive organizations where all employees thrive and organizations achieve success.

Congratulations also to the following Texas Chapters that ranked in the top 25 in the nation in fundraising efforts for the Foundation:

HR Houston      
El Paso SHRM
an Antonio (SAHRMA)        
Austin (AHRMA)    



The Foundation provides almost 300 different scholarships to help develop and support HR professionals. A list of scholarships and deadlines:

Inclusion Initiative:

Engaging and Integrating Military Veterans – In 2018, the SHRM Foundation is dedicated to making a measurable impact on the hiring and retention of military veterans. 

Closing the Gender Gap

​Making a difference in your local community is part of the SHRM Foundation’s mission, and we encourage chapters and states to volunteer with the SHRM Foundation and support the SHRM Foundation’s inclusion initiative in your community. Below are resources to consider when planning to host your own volunteer opportunity. 

Three ways to Make a Difference

  1. Host a service project to support military veterans in your community.
  2. Educate and inspire local HR professionals on the value of hiring and retaining military veterans.
  3. Raise funds to help advance the mission of the SHRM Foundation.

Congratulations to:  Mid-Cities HR Association
2017 Innovation Award winner in recognition of your year-long Aging Workforce Initiative


Through a variety of programs, grants, and scholarships, the SHRM Foundation invests in leading‑edge research, publications, and educational initiatives that have a bottom-line payoff for chapters, members, and the organizations they represent. As a 501(c)(3) organization, contributions to the SHRM Foundation are tax deductible. Support from the Texas SHRM Foundation Committee will help your chapter: 

  • Address critical issues shaping the profession
  • Develop creative fund-raising campaigns 
  • Inform members and other organizations about Foundation resources and activities

To aid chapters in securing donations, sponsorships and partnerships, please view the attached sample letter:



March 2018

Dear Colleague:

I am writing to share with you the incredible opportunity to help the next generation of HR professionals reach their full potential by supporting the SHRM Foundation. The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The Foundation is a legally separate organization, and it’s not founded by SHRM membership dues.

The SHRM Foundation Mission is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing employees and potential employees, provide scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals and students to make change happen and provide opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities.

The foundation awards approximately $500,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professionals and students who are active in SHRM. They provide grants for HR research, educational resources for HR practitioners and conduct strategic initiatives like identifying critical trends that will impact the workplace in 5-10 years.

As the Texas SHRM Foundation Co-Chairs, our goal this year is to continue to grow the Foundation and help more Texas SHRM students and professionals develop and excel. We know that by advancing the HR profession in this way, organizations and businesses across the state will benefit. We can’t do it alone and we need your help. There are two ways that you can help us grow the foundation: We are currently accepting auction items (hotel stay, merchandise, professional development sessions, sporting event tickets, concert tickets, gift cards, etc.). We also accept monetary donations and/or event sponsorship’s.  Please let us know how you might be able to help.

On behalf of the scholarship recipient and Texas SHRM —-

We Thank You,

Barbara A. Bentley                       Maria D. Garate, PHR, SHRM-CP

For questions about the SHRM Foundation, Donations, or Sponsorship opportunities, please email Maria at

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