About the Foundation

About the Foundation

In 2002, the Chester County Chamber Foundation was recognized in the state of Pennsylvania as a non-profit 501(c)(3) community organization.

The Chester County Chamber Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting the mission of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry by preserving and promoting healthy and sustainable commerce in Chester County for the benefit of all members of the community.

The mission of the Chester County Chamber Foundation is to enhance the quality of life throughout Chester County by focusing on education, workforce development, youth development and leadership. Our programs are designed to coordinate the resources of the business community in partnership with the education community in order to build skills and enrichment, to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and to promote professional development.

The Chamber’s Foundation annually offers Chester County students the opportunity to compete for scholarships given in the memory of Senator Robert Thompson.

The Chamber Foundation is the landlord to the Chamber. They were instrumental in raising the funds to renovate the Chamber. This charming serpentine stone farmhouse was renovated December 2000. The house was built in the 1720’s as the home of Joseph Garrett upon his marriage to Mary Sharples. The serpentine stone farmhouse is part of 26-acre Goshenville, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2000.

In 2001, the Chamber dedicated the conference center in honor of former Congressman John H. Ware 3rd.  regarded as one of the most influential people in Pennsylvania politics, Mr. Ware served three terms with distinction in the Pennsylvania Senate. He also represented the 9th Congressional District in the US Congress from 1970 – 75. Mr. Ware founded Penn Fuel & Gas, Inc. and American Water Works Company. He was a true business leader who cared very deeply about our region and our Commonwealth.