Giving Back to Bowen

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The Bowen Island Community Foundation creates a capacity for the betterment of the Island community by attracting and managing flow through and endowment funds.


To be a trusted, accountable and transparent philanthropic community leader that gives back to our Island community through collaborative engagement.

Guiding Principles

  • To be open, accountable and ethical
  • To partner strategically across a wide mandate
  • To enable and promote charitable giving
  • To respond responsibly and proactively to community needs

The Bowen Island Community Foundation allows you to give back to Bowen

The Bowen Island Community Foundation was established by and for the community in 2002 with the aim of building and managing endowment funds to support the artistic, cultural, educational, recreational and social well-being of residents on Bowen Island. Our endowment funds include the main Bowen Island Community Impact Fund and named funds that support specific community projects (arts, the environment, seniors) and post-secondary study. Our funds grow through donations large and small, and through bequests — $1,200,000 and growing. The Foundation distributes the interest earned from the endowment funds back to Bowen Island to help build a more vibrant, sustainable community. As each endowment fund grows, so does our ability to give money to important local projects. Since we started making grants in 2004, we have granted back to Bowen Island over $150,000. In 2015/16 we granted $50,000!

Celebrate Garden Gateway and For Bowen, For Ever launch

On Sunday Oct. 9 the Bowen Community Foundation will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly created Garden Gateway and will simultaneously launch its annual giving campaign, For Bowen, For Ever.

The Foundation is particularly proud of what the team of talented and socially committed Bowen Islanders have produced at the entrance to Snug Cove.

Nestled up against the new Union Steamships Company building adjacent to the ferry dock, the Garden Gateway reflects, in the words of its creators, “a pride in Bowen’s natural beauty and history.”

Project lead and key driver of the initiative, Holly Graff (winner of the the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects 2015 BCSLA Community Service Award), architect James Tuer and garden designer Wynn Nielsen have led a team that has created a small stretch of natural beauty on municipal land, leveraging more than half of the cost of the project through gifts and in-kind contributions.

Please join us at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9 to celebrate the success of this initiative and to begin thinking about how you and others, working with the Bowen Community Foundation, can contribute to further projects, making our island more welcoming, more aligned with the natural environment, and more sustainable.

Our Foundation’s mantra (For Bowen, For Ever) can be seen in the Garden Gateway, aptly described by Holly Graff as reflecting the Bowen Island Community Foundation’s “priorities of civic pride, community gathering places, and engagement.”

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Alternative energy on the curriculum

A technician from Terra Tek Energy solutions installed an array of solar panels on the roof of Bowen Island Community School (BICS) just in time for the new school year. The 30 panel, 7.95 kW array will produce roughly enough energy to power the average home on Bowen Island, and an estimated 2 – 3 percent of the school’s energy requirements. The panels will give students the opportunity to learn about renewable energy first hand.

“The data about how much energy the panels are producing, and how much energy we are consuming will be collected and displayed in real time on a kiosk in the BICS library,” says Principle Scott Slater. “This fits into our science and environmental curriculum in so many ways, but also into one of the pillars of the BC curriculum which is contributing to the community and caring for the environment.”

The BICS installation is part of a program called Solar Now that aims to put solar panels on prominent public buildings in Vancouver in order to raise awareness. Funds from the Knick Knack Nook, the Bowen Island Community Foundation and the North Growth Foundation covered the cost of the project.

 The school hosted a community launch for the panels on the afternoon of September 16.

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