About Us

Connecting people who care with causes that matter here in our community.

Community foundations are dedicated to building and strengthening their communities. Osprey Community Foundation serves the residents of Nelson, BC and the surrounding area. Three affiliate community funds operating under Osprey’s wing serve communities of nearby North Kootenay Lake, Salmo Valley and Slocan Valley.

Creating a community nest egg

Here’s how we build community. We receive donations from local citizens who wish to give back or leave a permanent legacy in their home town. These charitable gifts are endowed – pooled and invested carefully. The capital is never touched but provides a perpetual source of income to meet community needs. Forever.

Capitol Theatre Youth Summer Program

Community grants

Each year we distribute grants to a variety of charitable organizations in the Nelson area. We have a uniquely broad-based perspective, and we work in collaboration with the wider charitable community. These grants help feed the hungry, support the arts, improve the health and safety of our citizens, enhance youth programs, and much more. The list of recipients continues to grow, improving the quality of life for all area residents. Click here for a list of 2020 Grant Recipients

Establishing the Friends of Nelson Elders Fund

Our variety of funds

The endowment funds held within the Osprey Community Foundation can be broadly categorized as either ‘designated’ or ‘non-designated’.

Non-designated funds generate income that can be used for granting broadly to community charitable organizations. Our Community Fund is the most open-ended, giving the board considerable discretion in deciding how its earnings can best be used. That’s where we encourage donors to put donations unless they have other specific interests. Field-of-interest funds allow donors to direct their contributions to benefit a particular segment of the community such as children, youth & families; the environment; health or the arts.

Designated funds generate earnings that the donor has specified should go to specific local organizations, causes or scholarships.
Here’s an overview of all of our current funds.

What’s in a name?

We chose to name our community foundation after the osprey, the large, soaring hawk that has come to represent this region. But our focus is on community—on the residents of Nelson, BC and its surrounding area.

By the community, for the community.