Focused, community-based giving
It's where we live. It's where we work. It's where we make a difference.
The HDR Foundation is centered on helping the communities where we are rooted. We strongly believe that giving back is not only a civic duty, but a privilege. As company founder, H.H. Henningson noted nearly a century ago, "There is always time enough for kindness." Therefore, it's the promise of the HDR Foundation to support organizations and activities that align with HDR's values and areas of expertise, with the benefits going to the communities.
Founded in 2012, the HDR Foundation has provided more than half a million dollars in grants to local organizations—fueled by donations from employees. Our work makes a difference in this world, and the HDR Foundation is eager to support organizations that are doing the same.
Where we Give
The HDR Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and to political subdivisions, such as school districts or libraries. Our giving is targeted to the communities in which our employees live and work, focusing on the U.S. or organizations that support global initiatives.
We support employee engagement by giving preference to organizations at which our employees are highly involved. When organizations apply for grants, we request that they provide letters of recommendation from all HDR employees involved with their organization. Letters should include the level of the employee's involvement and commitment.
Our Areas of Focus
The foundation's areas of focus mirror HDR's breadth of knowledge and expertise. We provide grants for projects that demonstrate direct impact as well as projects that can be replicated or scaled.
Specific areas of focus include:
Our company, clients and communities benefit from a well-educated, skilled and informed population. Examples of projects we may fund include K-12 education projects that support:
Healthcare and Healthy Communities
- Environmental science
- Consulting and planning
With a healthcare design practice that is consistently ranked No. 1, we value the importance of healthcare and healthy communities. Examples of types of healthcare and healthy community projects we may fund include:
- Active lifestyles
- Wellness education
- Preventative healthcare
- Alternative healthcare delivery methods
We promote the value of environmentally responsible practices to our clients, employee-owners and communities. Examples of projects we may fund include:
Other, Employee Directed
- Projects that promote use and development of active transportation modes, such as walking or biking
- Water, energy and waste reduction projects
- Innovative small scale renewable energy and water reuse projects
- Community-led environmental restoration efforts that improve water quality, habitat and community green spaces
On occasion, the foundation may provide targeted grants in other areas based on HDR's areas of expertise. These may take the form of annual employee-supported campaigns that target preselected, strategic initiatives.
Apply for a Grant
- We provide small and large grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and to political subdivisions, such as school districts or libraries. Preference is given to projects that affect work at the community level, encourage local partnerships, and leverage additional sources of funding.
- Learn more about the HDR Foundation—where we give, our areas of focus and who can apply for a grant.
- We consider our large grants on an annual basis. The grants are greater than $15,000 and are at least one year in duration. We will review multi-year requests for projects with significant outcomes. In these cases, the grantee must clearly demonstrate the significance and advantage of funding a multi-year request. Our online application must be completed to be considered for any grant funding. Grant recipients will be contacted with the foundation's decision once approved by the Foundation Board.
- Large grant applications are due each year on Sept. 15.
Make a Contribution
- We consider small grants ($15,000 or less) twice a year. Our online application must be completed to be considered for any grant funding. Grant recipients will be contacted with the foundation's decision once approved by the Foundation Board.
- Small grant applications are due on Jan. 15 and April 15 of each year.
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- Giving to the HDR Foundation allows you to join us in giving back to our communities. You can make a contribution by personal check and will receive an email confirmation upon the receipt of your donation by our Foundation. Thank you for giving!
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