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HDR Foundation

We believe giving back is not only a civic duty, but a privilege.

At HDR, we believe that giving back is both a civic duty and a privilege. Our company founder, H.H. Henningson, noted over a century ago, “There is always time enough for kindness.” Founded in 2012 by HDR Chairman and CEO Eric Keen, the HDR Foundation is an extension of that mission, aiming to benefit the communities in which we live and work.

The HDR Foundation provides grants to qualified organizations that align with HDR’s areas of expertise: education, healthy communities and environmental stewardship. As an employee-funded and employee-driven foundation, preference is given to organizations located in communities in which HDR employees live and work, and those with strong employee involvement. Since its inception, the HDR Foundation has provided more than $4 million in grants to over 150 organizations.

HDR Foundation in Canada

In 2020, the HDR Foundation Board of Directors announced the launch of its philanthropic efforts into Canada, serving our Canadian employees and their communities. Across Canada, HDR employees can now participate in grant sponsorship, fundraising, and community grant-making decisions. 

The HDR Foundation is a separate legal entity from the corporation HDR, Inc. The HDR Foundation (EIN 46-0961680) is an IRS-designated 501 (c) (3) Exempt Private Foundation which carries out a charitable mission in accordance with all IRS guidelines governing such entities. Monies donated to the HDR Foundation are used to make charitable grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations and are not for the benefit of HDR, Inc.

Learn more about what we support, what types of project we don't fund and what you need to apply.

Making an Impact

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. Our areas of focus included:


Our company, clients and communities benefit from a well-educated, skilled and informed population. Examples of projects we may fund include education projects that support:

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

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


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

  • Active transportation modes, such as walking or biking
  • Water, energy and waste reduction projects
  • Innovative, small-scale renewable energy and water reuse
  • Community-led environmental restoration efforts