Our mission is to make targeted investments to develop and support engaged leaders who enhance a vibrant East Metro business community.
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.
What We Do
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
- Committed volunteers
- Fundraising initiatives to address the most pressing issues surrounding workforce development and education
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 10-month cohort program over the last 36 years, where the class learns about issues and trends facing our community through experiential learning, including several small group service projects.
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, annual giving, the Really Big Time Raffle, and the Annual Foundation Luncheon.
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.