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!

Bowen Island Community School Expresses Gratitude

We are grateful, in our partnership with Solar Now, for the support we have received from the Bowen Island Community Foundation and the Knick Knack Nook for the completion of the solar arrays on Bowen Island Community School.

Please read our letter here that briefly explains the value of this project for the community of Bowen Island.

Warmest regards,



Scott Slater

Principal, Bowen Island Community School



The Giving Campaign for 2016

Bowen Island’s Community Foundation has a lot to celebrate this year – the creation of the Snug Cove Garden Gateway, a new lighting system for Tir na nog Theatre, solar panels at the community school, scholarships, and funding for islanders in need. Please help us to do even more for our island next year. We are now launching our fundraising campaign for 2016, with one particular focus this year on creating new scholarships for youth. Our goal is to raise $15,000 annually to support post secondary scholarships for Bowen’s youth. If you share this goal, please make donations to our Youth Fund.