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.

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All Aboard the Streetcar and Other Community Grants

streetcar2One 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.

 

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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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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.