About the foundation

An affiliate of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Chamber Foundation grows community vitality and engagement by creating and connecting leaders, supporting local nonprofits, offering continuing learning opportunities, and providing special recognition events to honor the outstanding businesses, professionals and community contributors in our area.

Dedicated to strengthening our community.



Leadership Palo Alto Fellows graduate ready to re-imagine and reshape our community with: * 21st century leadership skills - for real world challenges * a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings and challenges of Palo Alto's various community sectors, and how these reflect Silicon Valley and global issues * meaningful connections to a cohort of LPA Fellows and an extensive network of hundreds of LPA Senior Fellows, presenters and community leaders Applications will be available in April or May for the Class of 2021-2022 (beginning in fall 2021).

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Throughout the year, we offer free or very low cost classes and webinars from experts in fields relevant to businesses in all sectors, and especially during the pandemic recession that forced so many businesses to reinvent their business models in order to survive. From human resources and labor law updates, to sanitation protocols and pandemic loan opportunities, the foundation has partnered with the Palo Alto Chamber in providing resources to struggling businesses, especially to the nonprofit sector that serves those most in need.


To provide opportunities for representatives of all sectors of the community to come together and celebrate the best aspects of our community, the Foundation partners with the Chamber in producing the most historic and unique signature event in our community. The Tall Tree Awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional civic contributions and service to the community. From time to time, a special Global Impact Award is given to a person or business whose contributions have been felt around the world. All proceeds from this signature annual event support the leadership and community service programs of the Chamber Foundation, especially providing scholarships for deserving applicants to the Leadership Palo Alto program. Routinely there are half a dozen outstanding applicants who are unable to pay the annual tuition without this critical financial support.


  • 355 Alma Street, Palo Alto, California, 94301
  •  While our physical offices are closed due to the pandemic restrictions, we are available by email during normal business hours M-F, Pacific Time. We will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you.