College of Education and Allied Professions

Pro Bono HR Consulting

Featured Clients

Arden Theater Company
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Arden Theater Company's Mission: Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers – on the stage, in the classroom and in the community.
How we are helping Arden Theater Company:  Employee Policies Handbook Revisions and Compliance

Arden Theatre

Not Forgotten


Not Forgotten
Apex, North Carolina

Not Forgotten's Mission:   Not Forgotten exists to develop future leaders that will serve not only their local community, but also South Africa, and ultimately, the world. Through Heritage Pre-school, Not Forgotten partners with families to create a safe place for their children to learn and develop. The organization's focus is to train quality teachers and to create a nurturing environment where children can grow in their social, emotional, and physical development. This nonprofit organization wants to create a “fun” learning environment, where dreams are encouraged and learning is “playing.” Its passion is to see each child have a chance to dream and to live out that dream. Not Forgotten's goal is for every child to know that they are not forgotten.
How we have helped Not Forgotten:  Developed innovative volunteer orientation material; Researched South African Workers' Compensation Laws in comparison to North Carolina Workers' Compensation Laws; Established clear objectives for volunteer assignments once onsite; Added liability & waiver forms along with anti-harassment policies.

Since 2011, through their coursework, over 524 MSHR students have been involved in pro bono Human Resources consulting work for nonprofits, small businesses and government agencies across the country. Thus far, we have helped 78 organizations and completed over 136 HR consulting projects in 10 states (CA, FL, GA, IL, NC, NY, PA, SC, TN, and VA) at no cost. Our HR Consulting model allows projects to be completed remotely in 10 weeks or less. The organizations helped range in size and industry (from 2 to 300 employees and from animal shelters, arts programs, youth organizations, to healthcare facilities). The HR services provided have included employee policy manuals, Executive Director emergency plans, organizational climate surveys, salary studies, and many more. For more information on how we can help a nonprofit or small business strengthen its HR foundation, contact Dr. Germain at

HR Consulting Infographic 2017 Sept.


Alexander Youth Network, Charlotte, NC
Apex Precision Audio, LLC, Chula Vista, CA
Arts for Life, Asheville, NC
Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council, Asheville, NC
Asheville City Schools Foundation, Asheville, NC
Autism Tennessee, Nashville, TN
Big Brothers Big Sisters, High Point, NC
Biggert’s Hearing Instruments, Hendersonville, NC
Bike & Build, Philadelphia, PA
Black Mountain Home, Black Mountain, NC
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Asheville, NC
Buncombe County Council on Aging, Asheville, NC
CARIE, Philadelphia, PA
Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC
CARY Area EMS, Cary, NC
Casting for Hope, Morganton, NC
Chamber of Commerce, Archdale, NC
CHANCO on the James, Spring Grove, VA
Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, NC
City of Brevard, NC
City of Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
City of Morganton, NC
City of Waynesville, NC
CleanWorks, Asheville, NC
Community Hands, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Community Table, Asheville, NC
Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Asheville, NC
CRS Cooling and Air, Savannah, GA
Dorcas Ministries, Cary, NC
Eastern Pines Church of Christ, Greenville, NC
Farm to Home Milk, Asheville, NC
Flight Group Corporation RDU, Morrisville, NC
Fresh Easy Affordable Sustainable Tasty (FEAST), Asheville, NC
Gaston Family Health Services, Inc., Gastonia, NC
Girl Scouts, Asheville, NC
Glow Academy, Wilmington, NC
Green Opportunities, Asheville, NC
Habitat for Humanity, Asheville, NC
Habitat for Humanity, Gwinnett, GA
Habitat for Humanity, Jackson County and Macon County, NC
Homeward Bound, Asheville, NC
Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Winston-Salem, NC
I-AM-Recycling, Inc., Raleigh, NC
Jackson County, NC
Jackson County Psychological Services, Sylva, NC
Jewish Community Center, Asheville, NC
Jordan Baker Foundation (Grief anonymous), Cornelius, NC
Justin Massage Inc., Asheville, NC
Kids and Cars, Olath, KS
Lake Junaluska Retreat Center, NC
L’Ecole de Choix, Chicago, IL
Liberty Corner Enterprises, Asheville NC
Life Challenge WNC, NC
Literacy Council of Buncombe County, Asheville, NC
Loaves and Fishes, Charlotte, NC
Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Manna FoodBank, Asheville, NC
Meridian Behavioral Health Services, Asheville, NC
Mohawk Industries, NC
Mountain Child Advocacy Center, Asheville, NC
MS Lean, LLC, Asheville, NC
My Freedom Care, Knoxville, TN
North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Durham, NC
NC Museum of Art, Cary, NC
Not Forgotten, Apex, NC
Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH), Asheville, NC
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, Greenville, NC
Ralph Scott Life Services, Burlington, NC
Rowan Helping Ministries, Salisbury, NC
Safe Harbor, Greenville, SC
Self-Help Credit Union, Durham, NC
Surry Community College, Dobson, NC
TapSnap, Greenville, SC
The Alliance for AIDS Services - Carolina, Asheville, NC
The Arch of Southside, Danville, VA
The Arden Theater, Philadelphia, PA
The Ark Childcare and Learning Center, Clinton, NC
The Art Sphere, Philadelphia, PA
The Charles House Association, Carrboro, NC
The Dogwood Alliance, Asheville, NC
The Humane Society, Asheville, NC
The Jimmy V Foundation, Cary, NC
The UNforgotten Fund, Ellicott, MD (and in Sierra Leone, Africa)
The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Town of Canton, NC
Twilight Theater Company, Portland, OR
United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, NY
United Service Organizations New England, Boston, MA
Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP), Asheville, NC
YMCA, Asheville, NC
YMCA, High Point, NC


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The Asheville Humane Society is one of the many consulting projects MSHR students have worked on for class assignments. Led by some of the executive staff, Dr. Germain and her graduate students took an extensive tour of the facility.

Asheville Humane Society Management TeamJohn Haas, chair of the HR Committee; Dr. Germain, MSHR faculty member; Jennifer Brehler, Interim Executive Director; and Angie Wilt, Interim Director of Operations

AHS Retail ShopAsheville Humane Society staff, some members of the Humane Society Board of Directors, and WCU students and faculty.

Asheville Humane Society Great DaneA rescued Great Dane with his owner, two MSHR students and Jennifer Brehler, a member of the Asheville Humane Society Executive team.

AHS Retail ShopThe Asheville Humane Society retail shop.

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