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What is the Shining Star Foundation?

The Shining Star Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by employees CKE Restaurants and their valuable donations to generously help other employees in time of need.  The purpose of the Foundation is to Take Care Of Our Own!  That is our mission.  The Foundation provides a way for our team members to support one another.  Team members can contribute to the fund through payroll deduction or one-time gifts.  By doing so, other team members facing personal challenges, unforeseen hardships, difficult situations or sudden emergencies, can apply for a grant up to $2,000.

How can an employee donate/contribute to the Foundation?

Team members are welcome to sign-up for recurring contributions through CKE payroll deduction.  Any amount is appreciated.  Every dollar helps.  Employees can also make one-time donations for any amount.  Contributions made to the Shining Star Foundation are tax-deductible in the United States.  The Shining Star Voluntary Payroll Deduction Authorization Form is available on the Foundation website.  

Completed payroll deduction forms should be emailed to or faxed to 615-814-8333


Who is eligible to apply for a grant from the Shining Star Foundation?

Any employee in the United States with at least six(6) consecutive months of service at CKE Restaurants or StarCorp LLC.  Eligible employees can apply for assistance through the Foundation once per year.

How does the application process work?

Applications can be submitted directly online. Printed applications, completed in their entirety and signed by the applicant and his/her supervisor, should be emailed to or faxed to 615-814-8333.

Each application undergoes a review by the Foundation Board to ensure a qualifying emergency or hardship exists and that all required documentation has been received.  The applicant will be notified via email of the grant status. 


What is considered a qualifying emergency or hardship?

Examples of a qualifying hardship include:

  • Natural disaster such as a flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, etc. and the employee needs personal assistance beyond their capabilities.

  • Damage to home or living environment, fires or unusual unforeseen expenses, not covered by insurance and the employee requires further assistance

  • Serious illnesses or injuries to the employee, or loss of an immediate family member, or other immediate personal situation beyond the capabilities of the employee to handle alone.

For purposes of the Foundation, the nature of the situation and the employee’s overall abilities to address the situation will be considered during the review process.


How much are the grants?

The amount of each grant varies and is dependent upon how the Shining Star Foundation Board of Directors votes on each application. The current maximum grant amount is $2,000.  In order to provide immediate financial assistance, the intent is to grant funds paid to the approved recipient within two weeks of receipt and approval of the application.  Grants are non-taxable in the United States.

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