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!

Heartfelt thanks from the Foundation to our Community

The Bowen Island Community Foundation is grateful to have been the recipient of recent donations made possible by events organized by fellow Bowen Islanders.

Nicholas Bradford Fritz was the force behind a recent vinyl record swap, with support from Barry Thomas, and from Julie Cree and Christophe Langlois of Artisan Eats Café, which raised $333 for the Foundation.

In addition, Cocoa West Chocolatier hosted a lovely community and chocolate fundraiser in celebration of their 15th anniversary, with $2,700 in proceeds benefitting the Community Foundation. Congratulations and special thanks to Joanne Mogridge and Carlos Vela-Martinez and daughter Eden for their sweet success on Bowen!

Community events like this make it possible for the Foundation to build a more caring and connected community. We could not do it without you!

With sincere gratitude,

The Bowen Island Community Foundation

Vital Conversations Seat Random Draw

Want to participate in the Bowen Island Community Foundation’s 2nd Vital Conversations Event the morning of September 9th?

We are holding 1/3 of the seats open for a general invite for community members (over 16 years old) to attend, with names to be chosen at random. Please enter your name and email in the form below by midnight on August 18th, when our automated system chooses names. Those drawn will be notified by August 21st.

The raffle closes on August 18th. We will randomly draw names on August 19th with the winners notified by August 21st.

Questions? Contact Joanne Gassman or Holly Graff.

Enter Vital Conversations Seat Random Draw below ~