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The Alameda Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) foundation created to conduct and support the Chamber’s educational and charitable programs focusing on business, leadership, and community challenges/development.

While the foundation will continue the Chamber’s vision of creating a vibrant, diverse community, it has its own advisory board, budget, and treasurer. The group is currently accepting donations to help with its mission.

“This foundation gives us the opportunity to have an even greater impact on our community by assisting in resource distribution and coordination in some of the most pressing issues regarding our city such as getting the unhoused suitable and affordable housing and helping our youth become leaders through supporting school scholarships,” said Adam Elsesser, Chief Executive Officer of Penumbra, Inc. about the foundation announcement.

“The Chamber has always been a catalyst for change and bringing groups together. This foundation will help us further that commitment to Alameda. We invite the public to join us. We’re looking for donations to help establish our scholarships and programs as well as people who are willing to give their time in a leadership capacity.” 

If you would like to make a contribution to the foundation in order to help it bring additional educational programming and assistance to the Alameda community, contact Madlen at 510-522-0414. 

About the Alameda Chamber Foundation

The Alameda Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit subsidiary of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. It serves to educate the people who live and work in Alameda on the conditions necessary for our businesses and the community to thrive, how business positively impacts our community, as well as emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. The Foundation provides ongoing leadership development, education programs that provide unique opportunities for learning and growth, and solutions to important community problems like homelessness. 

Alameda Chamber Foundation Mission and Vision

The Foundation’s mission is to support and advance small business development, business technology development, service projects, and the Alameda community’s educational programs.

The Foundation will conduct and support the Chamber’s educational and charitable programs focusing on business, leadership, and community challenges/development. The Foundation will also assist with a variety of educational activities including training, scholarship, entrepreneurial growth, awareness building, inclusion, opportunities for cross-sector collaboration with key stakeholders and members of the business community.

The Foundation has identified homelessness and helping the unhoused through the City’s community-wide strategic plan; supporting shelters, temporary and permanent, as a top priority.

In addition to alleviating homelessness, the foundation is committed to equity. The Foundation will cultivate the understanding that the vibrancy of the community is determined by the well-being of all. It will work with individuals, nonprofits, and other organizations to break down silos and support the alignment of community resources to improve the well-being of everyone living and working in Alameda.

Donations may be tax-deductible. Check with your accounting professional.