We are the Osprey Community Foundation, a public, charitable foundation created by and for the people of Nelson, BC and the surrounding area. We are here to help groups and individuals make an ongoing difference in their community. Donations to Osprey are pooled in a permanently-endowed fund – our community’s nest egg. Each year, income generated by that capital flows back to the community in the form of grants to eligible charities and activities.
Ian Douglas Smith: May 26,1982- 0ctober 27, 2013. One of Ian’s greatest passions was music. He began taking violin lessons at five and continued these through secondary school and into university. He played in many local festivals and musical events. In Calgary, he became a member of the University of Calgary Orchestra, performed solo and in duets and trios and taught lessons. In recognition of his accomplishments as a violinist and the large part that music played in his life, the family has established a memorial fund in his name. It will provide bursaries to local students studying classical music, with preference to those playing strings. The recipients will be chosen by the Nelson Music Festival Association on the recommendation of adjudicators at the Kootenay Festival of the Arts. To donate to this fund, please print and fill out our Donations form, directing your gift to the Ian Douglas Smith Memorial Fund, and send it with a cheque to Osprey Community Foundation. You can also donate online using the Donate button. A charitable receipt will be sent in the mail. Thank you, on behalf of the family.
Great news. We’ve reached an amazing milestone, and this community has created an enduring legacy. See News release Osprey_Grants_Total_One_Million
We invite LVR alumni and supporters to consider contributing to this new fund that we’ve established in consultation with the LVR administration (that’s principal Tim Huttemann to the left with Osprey’s Vivien Bowers). Income from the fund will be used to support vulnerable or financially-disadvantaged students – anything from a hot lunch to a bursary for a talented student. As the fund grows, it will also provide an annual pool of money that each year`s graduating class will be able to grant to a worthy community initiative that it selects – a way to ‘give back’ and leave a local legacy. The fund has been seeded by a generous $3000 gift from the 2013 graduation committee.
We will be awarding over $200,000 in grants this year to charities, scholarships and good causes in the Nelson area. You can see a list of grant recipients here.
Thank you to all those who applied for our community grants. The next deadline for applications will be the end of March 2014. Please check back here in February for the latest information and application forms.