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!

Mountain Trike Available for Check Out at the Library

Sally Fitz-Gibbon’s dream for Islanders with disabilities to be able to enjoy Bowen’s trails has come to fruition. An all-terrain Mountain Trike, designed for people with mobility issues, rolled into the Bowen Island library last month. It was around this time last year, while Fitz-Gibbon was volunteering at the library, that she met a couple that wanted to enjoy a summer stroll in the local trails. Fitz-Gibbon took one look at the man’s “flimsy” wheelchair and her heart sank. She just knew the couple wouldn’t be able to explore very far. “They wanted to go up Dorman Point and I talked them out of it because it was not accessible at all for them,” said Fitz-Gibbon. She then tried to figure somewhere else scenic on Bowen for the couple to go, a path the wheelchair could handle, but she came up short. The couple left the library feeling dejected. “And I think they were crying. I was almost crying. I was so upset about this couple that couldn’t really do anything on Bowen,” said Fitz-Gibbon.
Kami Kanetsuka and Tina Nielsen with Mountain Trike

Thank you First Credit Union & Belterra Cohousing

Letters to the Editor
The Undercurrent

July 11, 2016

The Bowen Island Community Foundation would like to thank both First Credit Union and Belterra Cohousing for their recent and generous acts of philanthropy. First Credit Union provided each purchaser of a unit in Belterra with $100, to be used for a charitable donation. Belterra’s residents then gave $1,000 to Bowen Island Community School for playground equipment, and a further $1,000 to our Foundation’s Helping Hand Fund, to be used for helping islanders in need. We would like to take this opportunity to applaud this generous spirit of giving, evident in the actions of both our local First Credit Union and Belterra Cohousing. We can assure you that your donation will be put to good use.

Soren Hammerberg,
Chair, Bowen Island Foundation