Helping to Build Scholars, Leaders and Communities
The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation was formed as the philanthropic arm of the Chamber in 1976, to advance education and workforce development initiatives within the Saint Paul/East Metro area. Our mission is to make targeted investments to develop and support engaged leaders who enhance a vibrant East Metro business community.
We provide the following to our members and the Saint Paul/East Metro community:
Leadership programs to educate members on the issues facing our community
Fundraising initiatives to address the most pressing issues surrounding workforce development and education
Your generous donation of any amount will help support the programs and initiatives guaranteed to positively impact your business for years to come.
What We Do
The Foundation Builds Scholars, Leaders and Communities by bringing business resources and community opportunities together. We advocate the need for leadership in helping our business community meet workforce challenges.
The Foundation supports its mission to grow strong leaders through its flagship program, Leadership Saint Paul (LSP). Approximately 2,000 participants have completed this program over the last 38 years, learning about the issues and trends facing our community.
Today, many LSP graduates are serving in leadership roles within local community organizations, corporations and non-profit boards.
We raise money to support our leadership development in the East Metro through the Really Big Time Raffle and The Annual Foundation Luncheon. Really Big Time Raffle ticket sales will first be available at our Holiday Open House, but if you're interested in purchasing, contact Kathleen Lohmar Exel at 651-265-2782.
The Foundation also supports the City of Saint Paul's Right Track program. Right Track provides Saint Paul youth with career development opportunities, creating a better future for today’s youth and the city of Saint Paul.