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


Mary Woodward Legacy Fund

WoodwardMary Jean Woodward May 29, 1934 – May 31, 2014.
Mary touched many with her kindness and love of the outdoors. In her honour, her family is creating a permanent legacy fund. Income from the fund will be used to help girls play sports. To donate to this fund, please print and fill out our Donations Form, directing your gift to the Mary Woodward Legacy 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.


New Mental Wellness Fund Honours CLARA’S BIG RIDE

ClaraBigRide_Vert_CMYK-GlossIn support of Clara’s Big Ride and her visit to Nelson in May, our community established a new Mental Wellness Fund. Income generated from the Fund will support local education and awareness around mental health. Donations can be made here.


2014 Grant Recipients

Our 2014 grant intake is now closed.  Click here to view our 2014 grant recipients. Check back here at the end of February 2015 for the 2015 Grant Applications, which will be due at the end of March.


A Sit-Ski!

We gave the Disabled Skiers Association of BC/Whitewater a $1000 grant to help buy this sit-ski in 2002. The organization recently donated $1000 back to Osprey’s Community Fund as it winds up its operations.  What goes around comes around – thanks!Sit-ski


Grants for Seniors Projects


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 contact FONE at 250-352-7153.