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.
Been 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.
Here’s young cellist Tibo Kolmel with Yo-Yo Ma. Tibo was awarded the Ian Douglas Smith Memorial Scholarship last year. The 2016 recipient will be chosen in April 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.’
The March 31, 2016 application deadline for our 2016 Community Grants is now past. Thank you to all who applied. Funding decisions will be announced in mid-May. For 2017 community grants, the deadline will be March 31, 2017, so check back here for updates in February next year.
For every dollar our community donates to Osprey’s Community Fund, an anonymous donor will donate half that amount again. Last year we raised over $35,000 (and counting). The year before it was $46,000. With the 50% matching, that’s a boost of over $81,000 for the Community Fund, which will support hard working local charities, forever.
Thank you for your support! Please consider making a donation this year, too. Once again, we can provide 50% matching. The Community Fund is our most important fund, because the money is not restricted and can be used for granting wherever the need is greatest.