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


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.


Dan Davidoff Legacy Fund

Dan died in March 2016 in an avalanche, and his family has established this fund in his honour. Income from the fund will support causes such as addiction services, mental health awareness and avalanche safety and training. Dan’s sister, Kelly, will match all donations. Here’s your link to the Donate page.


Leave a Legacy Here, Where You Live

HeartBeen thinking about leaving a financial gift in your will to benefit local charities? Estate gifts (bequests) are a painless way to give, and here’s an added incentive. If we can show that local donors have bequeathed a total of $100,000 in new endowment gifts to Osprey, the Vancouver Foundation will give our community a bonus $10,000 for immediate granting to local charities.

Start the conversation with your financial advisor or lawyer about the legacy you wish to leave behind. And if you decide to leave an endowed gift to Osprey in your will, please let us know so it can count towards our $100K goal.


You Could Plant a Tree, Or…

Tibo and Yoyo MaHere’s young cellist Tibo Kolmel with Yo-Yo Ma. Tibo was awarded the Ian Douglas Smith Memorial Scholarship two years running, chosen by adjudicators at the Kootenay Festival of the Arts. Osprey makes it easy to establish memorial scholarships to support local youth, and leave a legacy in honour or a loved one, forever. Ask us more about planting this different kind of ‘tree.’


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 click here or contact FONE at 250-352-3585.