West Virginia Chamber Foundation

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501c3 organization that is designed to educate and provide innovative policy change to improve academic achievement of West Virginia students and economic development opportunities throughout West Virginia.

The Chamber Foundation makes qualifying distributions directly for the active conduct of its education and charitable purposes, and wishes to educate and provide support for innovative policy and programming that improves academic achievement of West Virginia's students.

In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 West Virginia floods, the Chamber Foundation played an active role by providing critical relief supplies to the Elk River area in West Virginia, and served over 1,200 hot meals to flood victims and relief workers. Once immediate needs were met, the West Virginia Chamber Foundation shifted toward a long-term recovery approach. Individuals who experienced losses in the flood were able to receive financial assistance from agencies such as FEMA, but many small business owners only had the option to take our loans, with interest, in order to reopen. The Chamber Foundation stepped in to fill this void and awarded over $300,000 in mini-grants to small businesses in West Virginia to help them reopen their doors to commerce .









Participate in the National Civics Bee!

The West Virginia Chamber Foundation is participating with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host the first annual statewide civics competition in West Virginia. The 2023-24 National Civics Bee encourages middle school students to engage in civics and contribute to their communities.

The competition, modeled on traditional spelling and geography bees, gives students the chance to win recognition and earn cash prizes by sharing ideas for improving their communities and showing their enthusiasm for civics.

The winner of the National Civics Bee West Virginia State Finals will be invited to Washington, DC to compete in the inaugural national championship in Fall 2024. The West Virginia Chamber Foundation is honored to participate and eager to see what the students of West Virginia have to contribute to this wonderful competition.

This contest is open to any 6th - 8th grade West Virginia student. Essays are due no later than January 8th.

A panel of judges will then choose 20 participants to compete at the state level. The State Finals will be held May 3rd during the WV Chamber Foundation's State Career Development Conference. The student who places first at the State CDC will compete nationally in Washington, DC.