HDR Foundation

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:

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Design
  • Environmental science
  • Consulting and planning

Healthcare and Healthy Communities

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

Healthy Environment

We promote the value of environmentally responsible practices to our clients, employee-owners and communities. Examples of projects we may fund include:

  • 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

Other, Employee Directed

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.

Quick Guide

We're looking for discrete projects with: The HDR Foundation does not fund:
  • HDR employee engagement
  • Quantifiable outcomes
  • Measurable impact
  • Clear scopes of work
  • Specific budget information (what will the HDR Foundation grant fund?)
  • And that are sustainable beyond the grant term
  • Individuals, other than approved employee assistance programs
  • Religious institutions
  • Nontribal government agencies
  • Operating support
  • Outside endowments
  • Advocacy
  • Travel support
  • Pass-through funding
  • Direct compensation
  • Pass-through organizations (e.g., community foundations)
  • Prizes
  • Conferences
  • Sponsorships