About the Foundation
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Foundation was established in 2016 and is dedicated to advancing the quality of life in Gilbert through education, leadership, and community enhancement.
Helping to develop leaders can directly impact the long-term viability of a community. Through the Gilbert Chamber Foundation, there are programs which seek to grow and cultivate leaders, relationships, and the community. Because of programs like Gilbert Leadership, student shadowing & mentorship, and business & education partnerships we continue to drive the conversations around building work force readiness, developing our future leaders, and encouraging strong community engagement. Jän Simon, Foundation Board ChairFoundation Board
The Gilbert Chamber Foundation is 501(c)(3) organization and houses the following initiatives:
We know our business community is generous - always looking for opportunities to help meet the needs of our residents and local non-profits.
This holiday program benefits Gilbert’s income-challenged senior citizens as well as home-bound seniors and disabled Gilbert residents. Members of the community adopt a senior by requesting a wish list, then shopping for and returning the items to the Chamber. Lists average $25 in cost. 968 Seniors have been adopted and 10 holiday parties have been hosted for income-challenged seniors in Gilbert since 2010.
Additionally, the Chamber Foundation hosts a holiday party for our income-challenged seniors and provides breakfast, entertainment by local students, and gift bags for all attendees. Donations of gift cards and other items are appreciated so we may provide guests with gifts and giveaways.
Typically held in November and December.
Creating a Thriving Workforce
These workshops are a great opportunity to listen, learn, and share best practices on the ways in which you can provide and put into practice initiatives that facilitate a thriving workplace culture. This series seeks to encourage, support, and educate employers on the importance of building a thriving workplace environment. Throughout this series, major employers will share their expertise and resources and facilitate meaningful conversations; participants will come away with clear opportunities for action in their workplace.
Founded in 1991, Gilbert Leadership brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to develop their leadership potential and to expose participants to the issues impacting our community. By understanding the needs and concerns in a wide variety of areas, these individuals will be better able to contribute their resources to making a difference in many ways.
The Gilbert Chamber Foundation serves to champion a stronger Gilbert through collaborative partnerships between the business, government, and education communities. Together, we foster a pro-business environment with specific focus on the growth, expansion, and retention of businesses in the Town of Gilbert. This includes our efforts to support a strong workforce and talent pipeline for the success and sustainability of our local businesses.
The Gilbert Chamber Foundation works to connect business, education, and government for an ongoing and collaborative conversation regarding the workforce needs of our businesses and the opportunities to support educators, students, and families for a stronger Gilbert.
Events and Fundraisers
The Gilbert Chamber Foundation is dedicated to advancing the quality of life in Gilbert through education, leadership, and community enhancement. The funds raised at these events help us to sustain and improve upon important programs, including Gilbert Leadership, Adopt-A-Senior, and our workforce initiatives.