Foundation Mission

The purpose of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation is to provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service that enhance and enrich education and economic opportunities, especially for children and families, in the Chamber service area.

It is the intent of the Foundation to provide such organizations with resources to assist in pilot programs, expansion of programs, research, etc., rather than the day-to-day operations of that organization.

Awarded in Scholarships in 2018
raised in 2022
Awarded in grants since 2002

Scholarship Program

The Chamber Foundation Scholarship Program’s mission is to enhance and enrich education and economic opportunities for the region’s rising workforce by providing financial assistance to promising high school seniors in the Chamber service area.

Apply for a 2024 Scholarship

Annual Events

The Chamber Foundation raises funds each year at two events: the Annual Bowl-a-Thon and Holiday Gala.

Grant Program

Using funds raised throughout the year the Chamber Foundation is able to provide grants to local non-profits throughout eastern CT.

2024 Board of Directors

Lou Ziegler, Chair
Mohegan Tribal Housing Authority

Holly, DePerry, Treasurer
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union

Megan Gilbert, Vice Chair
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT

Ornet Hines, Secretary
Liberty Bank

Karen Roman
Dime Bank

Kristin Wainright
TCORS – Tobin, Carberry, O’Malley, Riley & Selinger, PC

Mark Woods
M&T Bank

Melissa Yuchniuk
Bouvier Insurance

Kate Ericson