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

Community Foundation Celebrates Bowen’s Generosity

Bowen Island Undercurrent May 12, 2017 10:52 AM

Dear Editor,

It was a packed house at Cates Hill Chapel for the Annual General Meeting of the Bowen Island Community Foundation. Arriving guests were greeted by members of the Board and encouraged to enjoy drinks and appetizers, before the festivities began.
There was a lot to celebrate. The Foundation received about $180,000 in community donations in 2016 through its “For Bowen For Ever” campaign, and is now providing a comparable amount of funding for a range of community driven initiatives this year: the Cove Commons, an art gallery annex for the Bowen library, currently under construction at that site; a significant donation to the new toddler’s wing of Bowen’s Children’s Centre; the West Side Children’s Park, a nature-based playground for young children on the west side of the island; a long requested high quality screen and projector for the Bowen Island Community School gymnasium; seed funding for the design of a Bowen Bike park, next to the school; and a contribution permitting the installation of new community playground equipment at BICS.

The community’s generosity, which enabled the Foundation’s success in fundraising in 2016, also allowed for the creation of two new scholarships of $2,500 each for Bowen youth – one focused on education in the trades and another focused on academic study in colleges and universities.

BICF board