If you are ready to make a donation now, please go to one of the following pages.

To learn more about different donating options, and the kinds of gifts we can accept, please read on.


Your gift can make a difference.

November 2000: Nelson’s Barb Dante presents Osprey President Bruce Morrison with our first donation.


That’s true whether you give to our undesignated community fund, letting the Board of Directors decide where grants can be put to best use in our community, or you choose to donate to a designated fund that supports a specific local charity or scholarship.

Perhaps you have a special interest in youth, seniors, arts or the environment, and you would like to direct your gift towards worthwhile projects that fall within a field-of-interest fund. Or you may wish to establish a donor-advised fund and be actively involved in the distribution of your gift.

Some donors establish funds named in honour of a family or in memory of a loved one. Often these funds help provide scholarships to talented local youth, allowing them to fulfill their dreams.

All these options are open to you when you give to the Osprey Community Foundation. For more information about ways to give, please contact us.

Osprey supporters donating to the Administration Fund

What do we do with donated money?

We accumulate and prudently invest these donated gifts, mostly through the financial services of the long-established and very successful Vancouver Foundation. The annual income from this perpetual nest egg is then distributed back to the community in the form of grants. They provide ongoing benefits to the citizens of Nelson and the surrounding area.

Wildlife Genetics International donating to the Community Fund


Your gift can take the form of:

  • An outright gift or pledge of cash
  • A bequest in a will
  • Stocks or bonds
  • Real estate or other tangible property
  • Monthly or annual donations
  • A gift of life insurance

In all cases, the Osprey Community Foundation will issue a charitable receipt for income tax purposes.

What about administration fees?

Osprey charges a small administration fee (currently 0.625% of the market value of our endowment funds) to help cover administration costs. The Vancouver Foundation also charges management fees (currently 1.15%). So in total, annual fees add up to about 1.65% of the value of our endowment.

Ready to donate now?

“I was going to start my own foundation to help local seniors — until someone told me about the Osprey Community Foundation. That was an easier way to go. I wanted to do something local, such as helping seniors in our hospital here, and the fund I chose was a good fit with what I wanted to do. The donation is also a memorial to my wife; it fulfilled her wishes too.”

Peter Haliday, donor
Friends of Nelson Elders in Care Fund

“As a youth I was in dramatic arts and it was one of the best times of my life. I am so impressed with Nelson’s cultural environment and I want to build on that.”

Capitol Theatre Fund donor