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 – which currently has a value of over $8 million. 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


Change and Continuity….

Vivien Bowers Moves On
We bid farewell to Vivien after 5 years as executive director and 8 years prior as an Osprey board member. She agreed to take on the E.D. job on an interim basis, and discovered she loved it. She’ll miss being ‘embedded’ in so many things going on in this incredible community.


Vivien Bowers

New ED Tina Choi
We didn’t have to go far afield to find an excellent new E.D. Tina has worked for Osprey for the past 3 years, which will make for a smooth transition. She knows the organization inside and out, and many of you have worked with her already. Starting December 1st, she can be reached at:


Tina Choi




Thanks, Dr. Jim

Dr.JimNoilesPoster1And thanks to the sold out crowd that attended the hilarious and heart-warming Community Tribute to Dr. Jim Noiles on October 19th. Fabulous entertainment by our M.C. Keith Bridger and performers Mary Audia (a.k.a. Janis Joplin), Paul Prappras, Christine Vanlerberg, Roger Luscombe, Dave Scanlan, the Ukeladies, Dr. Raz Moola & Celeste. We’ll post photos when they’re available. If you couldn’t be there, but wish to pay tribute to Dr. Jim, we would gratefully accept any donations to our Community Fund.


Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund

suzy-hamiltonOur community recently lost an environmental champion. Family and friends have established a new Osprey fund to honour Suzy’s legacy. Monies generated will be used each year to honour a woman in the West Kootenay who has shown leadership and verve in her environmental work. Donations to this fund can be made by cheque (“Osprey Community Foundation”, and put “Suzy Hamilton” on the memo line) or online. See the Donations page for details.



2016 Community Grants

From the ‘Grub & Shrub Club’ to summer theatre to programs for seniors, Osprey grants make a difference in the community. See a list of community grants here.