The Kalispell Chamber Foundation is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Kalispell Chamber. By leveraging charitable giving, the Foundation connects the best minds in Kalispell business with the most innovative thinkers to help solve important community challenges in the areas of community and economic development, economic research, and community leadership.
The Foundation provides quality services and resources to grow, educate, diversify, empower, and strengthen Northwest Montana’s workforce.
Workforce 2020 $25,000 commitment
Workforce 2020 was designed to build a competitive, promotable, and sustainable workforce by addressing the issues of recruiting, training, and retaining skilled workers in the Kalispell region. Outcomes included comprehensive research on the Flathead County workforce, and two day-long Workforce Learning Academies for 200 businesses.
Manufacturing Trades $3,000 annual commitment
In an effort to take on the workforce shortages being faced by the one of our largest industries, the Kalispell Chamber Foundation works with other area community organizations and businesses to provide $3,000 in scholarships to Flathead Valley Community College students enrolled in the Manufacturing Trades and Brewing Sciences programs.
Business Education Initiative $40,000 commitment
Ninety businessmen and women advised a team of Kalispell Schools and Flathead Valley Community College faculty and administrators over a nine month period on curriculum changes needed to better meet the needs of the 21st century workplace.
The Foundation serves as an organizing force and advocate for the development of a robust economy in Northwest Montana and Kalispell.
Feasibility Study: Glacier Performing Arts Center $50,000 commitment
The Chamber Foundation conducted overall and financial feasibility research on the creation of a performing arts facility to serve as the home for the Glacier Symphony and Chorale and for local and touring performance groups. It lead the effort to form a separate private non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation titled the Glacier Performing Arts Center, Inc. to carry the project to fruition.
Economic Impact of Healthcare in Flathead County $25,000 commitment
The Foundation commissioned the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research to assess the economic impact of the health care industry in Flathead County. Health care employs the most number of people and is the fastest growing industry in Flathead County with $1 billion of personal income attributed directly or indirectly to this sector. The report demonstrates the scope and caliber of the valley’s health care services and how they will impact our area in years to come.
Glacier Airline Enhancement and Retention Outreach (AERO) $25,000 commitment
The Foundation has provided funding for the expansion of commercial airline service to the Flathead Valley. Together with the funding from the Kalispell Chamber, the Tourism Business Improvement District, and other cooperating partners, a fund of $250,000 has been formed for Minimum Revenue Guarantees resulting in new seasonal direct service to Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
The Foundation supports jobs, growth, and liveability of Northwest Montana’s lively communities.
Kidsport Youth Athletic Complex $100,000 commitment
Kidsports consists of 30 developed ball fields for soccer, baseball, football, softball, and other field sports. It has a $7.6 million annual economic impact for the Flathed Valley from the tournaments it holds and is a tremendous asset for area youth.