The Foundation brings identifies emerging issues and conducts original research on the future of business and produces events that highlight issues facing industry and the business environment. Additionally, the Foundation has developed programming around specific areas of interest to the business community, including:
- Corporate Citizenship Center showcases successful, inspirational, and replicable corporate citizenship models and their positive business impact on people and communities.
- Education and Workforce program promotes rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems to preserve the strength of America’s greatest economic resource ― its workforce
- Hiring Our Heroes helps veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through nationwide hiring fairs.
- Institute for Organization Management offers a four-year advanced education program for trade association, chamber of commerce, and other nonprofit professionals.
- The Center for Women in Business (CWB) promotes and empowers women business leaders to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Previously known as the National Chamber Foundation (NCF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation was created in 1967 to provide in-depth analyses of critical economic and policy issues facing the nation. NCF founded a number of programs to address emerging critical issues. In the early 1980′s, NCF established the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in response to President Reagan’s Democracy Initiative. Today, CIPE continues to strengthen the democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. It became a stand-alone affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1985.
During the next twenty years, NCF founded several other programs including the Investment for Growth initiative (now the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness) to response to the complex regulations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2004, and the Intellectual Property initiative, which become the Global Intellectual Property Initiative (GIPC) in 2008.