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Our Mission is to advance workforce readiness through community service in the greater Los Angeles area

Apply now for the PIHRA Foundation Stipend to the 2019 California HR Conference!

In keeping with its commitment to the human resources community and in recognition of the current difficult economic times, the PIHRA Foundation has allocated funds to provide one HR professional with a stipend in the form of a full admission to the annual California HR Conference® held in Long Beach, CA on August 25 – August 28, 2019.  

Click here to learn more & apply. Please spread the news with your network! You do not need to be a PIHRA member to apply.

Application Deadline: July 5, 2019.

Scholarship Award Winners 

The Winter 2018 recipients have been selected. Thank you for applying and congratulations to our 2018 HR Certification Award Winners for the PIHRA Foundation Scholarship!

 PIHRA Foundation Scholarship Recipient Hyeri Cho
 PIHRA Foundation Scholarship Recipient Lindsey Purington
 Hyeri Cho, SHRM-CP  Lindsey Purington, SHRM-CP

About Us

PIHRA Foundation supports workforce readiness in Southern California including support for education through programs such as "You and Your First Job" and human resources scholarships. The scholarship program attracts top students from local universities who have a commitment to enter the human resources field. Recipients are selected on a competitive basis by a committee of seasoned PIHRA members who are themselves part time university instructors.

The PIHRA Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation serving Southern California communities. The PIHRA Foundation was established in partnership with the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA). The PIHRA Foundation is continuing its fund raising activities in order to have the resources to carry out its various programs.

PIHRA members, their companies, and others interested in the mission of the Foundation are encouraged to send contributions to:

PIHRA Foundation
1515 W 190th St, Ste 530
Gardena, CA 90248

John Silver, D.C.G, Foundation President
Email: foundation@pihra.org
Phone: 661-251-4870
Fax: 661-298-8630


The concept of a foundation affiliated with PIHRA was announced by 1989 incoming PIHRA President Roger Sommer in his installation address. The possibility of starting such an organization was studied that year, but abandoned because it was thought that the foundation would need a substantial capital base which was not available.

Approximately one year later, it was decided to try again, but this time as a not-for-profit, tax exempt 501c3 organization. Lee Patterson of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal succeeded in this effort, and the first meeting of the Board of Directors was held on March 27th, 1991. Roger Sommer served as its first President.

The organization was incorporated as Human Resource Management Institute (HRMI), as initial plans were for it to offer human resources professional development programs. This plan was scrapped because of tax considerations, and the name was changed in 1994 to PIHRA Foundation. Its mission statement was established as: "To promote the Human Resource profession through research, education and community service, primarily in Southern California."

Prior to the PIHRA Foundation, the You and Your First Job (Y&YFJ) program and the fund raising to support it was a function of PIHRA. This responsibility was transferred to the Foundation as an affiliated organization of PIHRA. The Y&YFJ program has had a long and highly successful history including receiving one of six Pinnacle Awards granted by SHRM in 1992.

In order to more effectively raise the funds necessary to support the Y&YFJ program, the Foundation initiated a silent auction event at the 1994 PIHRA Annual Conference, and this fund raiser has become a fixture at the Conference since that time.

Since its inception, the PIHRA Foundation has provided over $100,000 worth of assistance to educate Human Resource professionals and those individuals entering the workforce. Of that total:

  • Over $52,000 funded HR college scholarships awarded to PIHRA members.
  • Over $10,000 funded college scholarships to PIHRA members' sons and daughters in any discipline.
  • Over $34,000 was used to develop and train high school students and those re-entering the workforce with the use of the foundation's publications.

We also published the Job Seeker Materials "You and Your First Job" and "You and Your Next Job" booklet which have been donated to the vocational classes of scores of California secondary schools and junior colleges. 

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Contact Us

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
1515 W 190th St, Ste 530
Gardena, CA 90248
+1(310) 416-1210
Fax +1(310) 416-9055