The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Foundation was formed as a 501 (c) 3 organization May 23, 2003, to provide education and training to individuals in the Topeka/Shawnee County area for community development and the improvement of job skills. Grants made will be exclusively charitable, scientific and educational.

The Foundation will primarily support programs that address the following purposes: Chamber Foundation Logo

  • Provide educational and training opportunities designed to qualify individuals, primarily the unemployed or underemployed, for employment.
  • Promote education and training for lifelong learning and improvement of job skills.
  • Support the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding of economics, matters of public concern, finance, education and training, housing, human relations, problems of minority groups, science and technology, agriculture, economic planning and development, international relations and other subjects related to improved efficiency, development and acceleration of both the quality and quantity of economic growth and employment opportunities in Topeka and Shawnee County.
  • Provide or support programs thatreduce or eliminate prejudice and discrimination and promote an understanding of the value of diversity in the marketplace, including the attraction and retention of employers that provide and support diverse employment opportunities in economically distressed areas.

Some of programs funded by the Foundation include:

  • Redevelopment efforts in downtown and East Topeka
  • Topeka/Shawnee County First Opportunity Fund, a revolving microloan program targeted to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in Shawnee County
  • Entryway beautification in Topeka and Shawnee County
  • Small entrepreneurial business support
  • Inter-city expedition, on annual excursion to another community to glean ideas that can be adopted in Topeka
  • Heartland Visioning, a community-wide strategic visioning organization

Contributions from local businesses and industry, as well as individuals and governmental or charitable sources are welcome. For further information contact:
Matt Pivarnik
President and CEO
Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Foundation
120 SE Sixth Ave., Suite 110
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Fax:  785.234.8656


Officers & Board Members (2016)
Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Brent Boles, Chair, Schendel Services
Jim Ogle, Chair-elect
Janet Stanek, Treasurer, Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Neil Dobler, Immediate Past Chair, Bartlett & West
Curtis Sneden, Secretary, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce

Ex-Officio Board Members
Allen Towle, Fidelity State Bank and Trust Co.
Karla Clem, M-C Industries
Randy Goldsmith, CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
Paul Bossert, Premier Employment Solutions

Elected Director (term expires 12/2014)
B.J. Hickert, Newbury, Ungerer & Hickert

Elected Director (term expires 12/2015)
Aaron Classi

Elected Directors (term expires 12/2016)
Position Vacant