Newsletters

We are excited to share our news with you through our newsletter, Community Connections, and to highlight how the generous support of our donors and contributors has benefited the community of Bowen Island. If you have questions, comments, or ideas for our next newsletter, we invite you to get in touch with us!

2018

From the Annual General Meeting, May 4, 2018

This past year has been eventful. We accomplished our goals identified in the Chair’s Report of 2016.

The Foundation completed a full restructuring of our By-laws and Constitution. This was precipitated by a new Societies Act. The Foundation is fully compliant and now has legal capacity to serve as a direct granting entity through the Helping Hand Fund.

We completed a strategic planning session which reinforced our core values and identified the course forward with an approved Action Plan.

The Foundation raised, through our “For Bowen, For Ever” 2017 campaign, approximately $250,000. Relative to our population, the generosity of our donors exceeds that of many Community Foundations across the country.

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2017

From the Annual General Meeting, April 28, 2017

The Bowen Island Community Foundation came of age in 2016. Having completed and implemented structural and governance policies, our focus has emphasized the growth of our Funds, a diverse and accountable grants process and providing community leadership. Total donations were approximately $180,000.00 raised through our annual Giving Campaign “For Bowen For Ever”. Total grants issued in 2016 were $105,000.00. In addition, several legacy gifts have been committed over the past year.

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2016

From the Annual General Meeting, April 21, 2016

2015 was a remarkably successful year. The Foundation continued in its efforts to match donors with community needs, taking a number of significant steps towards our ultimate goal of building a more caring community.

The year brought considerable growth in our financial assets and, as a result, in our capacity to grant. The current total of funds under administration has now reached $1.2 million and our capacity to provide grants to Bowen Island’s many non-profit organizations now sits at about $50,000 per year. We continue to rely upon the resources and expertise of the Vancouver Foundation to assist in the management and investment of our Funds. Their access to sophisticated tax and giving strategies, and their world class financial managers, continue to provide us with very sound returns on our investments.

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2015

Your Community Foundation is pleased to announce our 2015 fundraising initiative: For Bowen, For Ever. The name of this year’s campaign says it all: proceeds raised will be invested on Bowen to support our community – today and into the future.

There are many worthy charities and we strive to earn your support as part of your charitable giving. We are the community’s charity, dedicated to giving back to Bowen by supporting local causes. Our goal this year is to exceed the $150,000 raised last year, and to broaden our current donor base of 300 by engaging additional supporters. The Foundation is administered by a volunteer Board and is committed to transparency, accountability and integrity. Your participation as a donor enables us to support a variety of grants and initiatives, such as those noted at left. We invite you to visit our website to review the full extent of our charitable history.

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2014

During 2014 the Board updated and formalized the Foundation’s governance and structure; we merged our donor lists, revised our website and took steps to communicate more effectively and regularly with you – our donors and supporters. Three major themes emerged this year – community leadership, building our endowments, and providing strategic grants to the community.

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