HDR Foundation

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Annual Report | 2013

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Our Foundation supports activities that align with our values and areas of expertise to benefit our communities. We believe that giving back is a privilege.

Our Areas of Focus

The Foundation's areas of focus mirror HDR's breadth of knowledge and expertise. With this in mind, 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 projects we may fund include:

  • Active lifestyles
  • Wellness education
  • Preventative healthcare
  • Alternative healthcare delivery methods

Healthy Environment

We recognize 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.

Where We Give

Our Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and to political subdivisions such as school districts or libraries. The Foundation's giving is focused in the communities where our employees live and work, focusing on North America and organizations that support global initiatives.

We support employee engagement by giving preference to organizations at which our employees are highly involved. We request that organizations provide Letters of Recommendations from all HDR employees involved with their organization. Letters should include the level of the employee's involvement and commitment.