Who We Are
The Inspire Foundation is the charitable arm of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to develop the leadership potential of Salem area students and business professionals. We do this by providing business-focused educational programs and events in the areas of leadership, education and workforce development.
The Inspire Foundation launched in 2013 in order to better support programs like Leadership Salem, Leadership Youth and the Salem Young Professionals. Since then, our programming has expanded, especially in the area of supporting career technical education (CTE). In partnership with Salem-Keizer Public Schools, the Inspire Foundation hosts an annual CTE and Industry Summit bringing students, educators and industry professionals to help shape the future workforce. In 2018, the Inspire Foundation also began recognizing students as “CTE Professionals of the Month” for their outstanding professionalism and dedication to their program. Through investing in the current and future workforce, we hope to contribute to a stronger community for years to come.