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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2014 Grant Application Intake Now Closed

We are no longer accepting 2014 Grant Applications. Successful 2014 applicants will be notified in May. Check back here at the end of February 2015 for the 2015 Grant Applications, which will be due at the end of March.

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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

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Ian Douglas Smith Memorial Fund

Ian Douglas SmithIan Douglas Smith: May 26,1982- 0ctober 27, 2013. One of Ian’s greatest passions was music.  He began taking violin lessons at five and continued these through secondary school and into university.  He played in many local festivals and musical events.  In Calgary, he became a member of the University of Calgary Orchestra, performed solo and in duets and trios and taught lessons. In recognition of his accomplishments as a violinist and the large part that music played in his life, the family has established a memorial fund in his name.  It will provide bursaries to local students studying classical music, with preference to those playing strings. The recipients will be chosen by the Nelson Music Festival Association on the recommendation of adjudicators at the Kootenay Festival of the Arts. To donate to this fund, please print and fill out our Donations Form, directing your gift to the Ian Douglas Smith Memorial 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.

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