Dakota County Regional Chamber
Purpose of the Foundation
The Foundation serves as a venue for chamber members and others to get involved in the community through initiatives based on business interests, including leadership development, workforce education, and business resource development. The Foundation also serves as a supporting pillar of the benefits of the community and its educational system. Partnerships with other organizations with similar values and missions, such as the Eagan Foundation and with local Business & Education Partnerships are an essential aspect of the Foundation.
Fostering a healthy business environment by supporting education, leadership development and business resource initiatives in our community through the Chamber's Charitable Foundation.
To ensure our local students are "career-ready" as they transition to post-secondary education, the Dakota County Regional Chamber Charitable Foundation provides annual scholarship opportunities to high school seniors within the School Districts of 191, 192, 196 and 197.
Proceeds from the Chamber’s signature events fund the foundation's scholarship program.
Dakota County Regional Chamber Charitable Foundation - MN Dual Scholarship
The State of Minnesota approved the first ever Foundation’s request for $76,000 for training for up to forty phlebotomists (blood draw professionals) working with health care members within the Dakota County Region, all training is through the Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) accredited health curriculum. Read press release.
Four Wins Scholarship Program
The Chamber Foundation awards $2,000 scholarships focused in the areas of nursing, Class A Commercial Driver's Licenses, and law degree enforcement degrees. The scholarship program provides Four Wins:
- Development of driven individuals in the region
- Connect students to regional educational institutions
- Connect qualified personnel to regional businesses/entities
- Help assure regional growth through 1, 2, and 3 above
View requirements and steps to submit scholarship request.
Mark Lofthus, Foundation Chair
Jon Althoff, Interim Chamber President, Secretary, DCR Chamber Foundation
Parachute Consulting Group
Lisa Franxman, Treasurer, MidCountry Bank
Peggy Johnson, Dakota Electric Association
Carol Osnes, Russ & Carol Osnes Foundation
Sofia Troutman, Xcel Energy