Osprey's board and staff are asking Santa (and philanthropic locals) to help them reach their $50K fundraising goal.

Osprey needs final fundraising push

Osprey's board and staff are asking Santa (and philanthrophic locals) to help them reach their $50K fundraising goal.

Thanks to the generosity of locals, Osprey is close to meeting its $50,000 fundraising goal for growing the community fund. One more push could put it over the top as $38,000 has been raised so far.

A couple of months ago Osprey announced a community challenge. For every two dollars locals contribute to the community fund by the end of 2014, a donor will kick in an additional dollar. That donor will match up to $50,000 in local donations, providing an extra $25,000.

This $75,000 boost to the endowed fund will enable Osprey to give out more grants each year to local organizations. It’s a legacy that will continue to give back to the community, year after year, providing support where it is needed.

“There’s no way that we can predict what our community will need 20, 50 or 100 years in the future,” said Marty Horswill, a founding Osprey board member who with his wife Lena has contributed $1000 to the challenge.

“But by growing this undesignated community fund today, we give the Osprey Foundation of tomorrow the flexibility to address the evolving challenges future generations of Nelsonites will face.”

A tribute event for retiring city council member Donna Macdonald on October 24 raised $11,000 of this total.

Now, the Christmas season provides an opportunity to bring in the final $12,000 needed to reach the goal. A gift donation to Osprey’s community fund will make a difference here at home, will generate 50 per cent in matching funding, and will provide the donor with a year-end charitable tax receipt.

For more information, or to donate, go to ospreycommunityfoundation.ca.