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.
One of this year’s Community Grants will build a ramp to make the streetcar accessible to those who can’t manage the steps. For a full list, see Osprey 2015 Grants.
With your help we could do more! Our 2015 fundraising target for the Community Fund is $50K. There’s 50% matching funding for all new donations.
In March 2015 Osprey celebrated 15 years as your community foundation. Founding board members Marty Horswill and Donna Macdonald dropped by to celebrate with our current board. “As I look back, nothing I’ve been involved with will come anywhere near Osprey in its importance to the future of our community,” said Marty. Like any 15-year-old, we’re a lot bigger than we used to be, with an endowment of about $6.3 million, and $230,000 available for granting this year.
Thank you, Nelson and area community! We received $46,000 in donations for our Community Fund in 2014. Those donations were matched at 50%, so the Fund got a $69,000 boost! BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET. Our great matching opportunity continues. Up to $50K in new donations to our Community Fund in each of 2015 & 2016 will continue to be matched at 50%. There has never been a better time to leave a legacy that will benefit our community now and for future generations.