The mission of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce Foundation., a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization, is to serve Bristol County as a catalyst for developing and facilitating innovative programs, involving the business community in partnership with the education community, to develop our community’s human resources resulting in the improvement of economic opportunities and quality of life for the people of Bristol County.
The easiest way to assist the Chamber Foundation and its important work is to add $10 to your annual membership dues payment. The Chamber staff will automatically deposit the additional funds into the specially segregated Chamber Foundation financial account. As we transition to the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, all checks must be made payable to: Fall River Area Chamber Foundation, Inc.
Gifts to the Chamber Foundation are 100% tax-deductible as a charitable donation. No goods or services are exchanged for this donation. If you wish, memorial and honorarium contributions can be acknowledged with a card sent by the Chamber that does not disclose the amount of the gift. Acknowledgment of your gift is mailed as quickly as possible.
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The Bristol County Chamber Foundation was incorporated to receive and administer funds used exclusively for public education, economic improvement and strategic community development. With a Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees made up of community business leaders, this foundation has participated in several community and economic development related projects.
The Chamber continues its strong stand for increased funding to area schools. In 2014, the Chamber Foundation funded a series of PSA advertisements that aired on both WSAR1480AM and WHTB1400AM, which advocated for net services funding to the Fall River School Department.
The Chamber Foundation co-funded, with FROED, a $6000 engineering study in 2012 that saved transportation access via a Milliken Blvd. ramp into the City of Fall River. It was the opinion of many downtown business owners that the project plan put forward by MassDOT would have cut off access into the downtown business district of Fall River.
The consequence would be that transportation across and out of Fall River was to be improved at the expense of significantly limiting the ability for commuters to enter into the city’s business district. By limiting access to the economic core of Fall River, commerce and trade could have been negatively impacted. The results of the study were used by local officials to make the case for an alternative plan, which MassDOT eventually adopted.
The Chamber’s Education Committee has worked during the past several years to introduce and expand the role of Teach For America into the Fall River school system. Teach For America is a growing movement of leaders and teachers who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.The Chamber Foundation played an integral role by helping to secure the necessary support and funding that ultimately placed Teach for America teachers in to the classrooms of the Fall River School Department. The Foundation also assisted in the introduction and placement of the UAspire financial counseling program into the Fall River School System that is helping students and their families plan for the funding of a college education.
The Chamber, through its Education Committee is focused on developing and implementing a branding and long term media outreach campaign aimed at raising community aspirations regarding educational attainment. The committee has partnered with education and business leaders to create a message and brand for the marketing campaign that is to be launched in the second half of 2013. The committee is also working to design and facilitate education information within a resource focused social media platform that will be easily accessible and used by the community at large.
The Chamber Foundation is serving as a funding instrument for financing and sustaining the multi-year marketing campaign directed at raising community awareness about improving educational attainment levels.
The Chamber Foundation provided seed funding that allowed for the establishment of a statewide Chamber directed Health Insurance Cooperative. The Health Insurance Coop effectively helped reduced the cost of health insurance options to participating businesses with fewer than 50 employees.