Announcement: Welcome!

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.

Photo courtesy Dave Gluns

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Happy 15th Birthday, Osprey

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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.

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Thank you! Onwards to 2015 & 2016

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.

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Donna’s Community Send-Off

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A heart-warming community thank you and celebration for outgoing Nelson City councillor Donna Macdonald was held on November 24th. The performances began with Corazon choir’s surround sound, ended with a sweet saxophone serenade by Clinton Swanson, and the evening was filled with talent and tributes throughout. The audience raised $11,000 for the host Osprey Community Foundation in Donna’s honour, so thanks to all who came and made the event such a success. As one attendee put it, “an unforgettable evening, not only a loving and appropriate send-off for Donna who has made such a difference in our community, but also a display of what makes our community great – caring, commitment, generosity, humour, and vision.”

Osprey now needs to raise just over $4,000 more to meet its December 31st $50K fundraising goal. A donor will match all of these donations @ 50%, meaning that we could give our Community Fund a $75K boost . Go, Nelson, go.

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50K Community Challenge

$50K Challenge signOnce again, Osprey has a great opportunity to build the community grants program. For every dollar our community can raise by December 31, 2015 for Osprey’s Community Fund, up to a maximum of $50,000, an anonymous donor has agreed to kick in half that amount again. We raised $46K last year ($63K when the matching funds were included), so for sure we can reach $50K this year. But we can’t do it without you. When a door like this opens, Let’s Walk Through!

Grants for Seniors Projects

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Osprey has partnered with the local organization, Friends of Nelson Elders (FONE) to disburse small grants that enhance the lives and well-being of seniors in the Nelson area. FONE has a year-round granting cycle. For more information on grant opportunities click here or contact FONE at 250-352-3585.