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Bowen Island Community Foundation

Post Office Box 18
Bowen Island, British Columbia V0N 1G0
Canada

Mission

To strengthen and empower community capacity for the betterment of its island community by attracting and managing endowment funds

Most Meaningful Change

We decided to use our very small discretionary grant program to help grant recipients achieve long-term financial sustainability. In 2011, the successful grant application was from two struggling organizations: a day program for parents and their young children, and a youth center. The grant supported the renovation of the youth center space to accommodate both programs. During the day, creative use of space and furniture creates a comfortable area for parents to gather and learn from one another while their young children engage in learning and social activities. At night, the children’s furniture, toys and equipment are stored behind movable screens, to reveal a youth center activity den. The results? A better environment for both groups, rent reduced by more than half for both organizations, and synergies of board members for other projects. After two years, the solution continues to work well.

2002 Year Founded
$617,500 Endowment Value
$34,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Top Programmatic Priorities
Population Area Served

3,500

Identifying Information
OrganizationBowen Island Community Foundation
Address 1Post Office Box 18
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownBowen Island
State / RegionBritish Columbia
ZIP / Postal CodeV0N 1G0
CountryCanada
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)475 Bowen Island Trunk Road, Suite 201
Map City / Town (If Different)Bowen Island
Map State / Region (If Different)British Columbia
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)V0N 1G0
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone604 947 2802
Emailinfo@bowenfoundation.com
Websitewww.bowenfoundation.com
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Did not answer
Primary Contact’s NameJoyce Ganong
Primary Contact’s PositionCo Chair
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2002
Mission StatementTo strengthen and empower community capacity for the betterment of its island community by attracting and managing endowment funds
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced3,500
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members9
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$40,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$36,500
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$34,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$617,500
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentNo role
Government initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodNone
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyVery little time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentImportant but not central
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationLot
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesLittle
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentNot at all
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyNever
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentRarely
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyOccasionally
Publishing/knowledge sharingRarely
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyNo change
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting worse
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsNo change
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityNo change
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDo not work in this sphere
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityA few small achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsA few small achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersVery helpful
Regional association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsNeither helpful or unhelpful
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationHelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doNo
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherHaving Staff rather than operating solely with volunteers.
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsWe decided to use our very small discretionary grant program to help grant recipients achieve long-term financial sustainability. In 2011, the successful grant application was from two struggling organizations: a day program for parents and their young children, and a youth center. The grant supported the renovation of the youth center space to accommodate both programs. During the day, creative use of space and furniture creates a comfortable area for parents to gather and learn from one another while their young children engage in learning and social activities. At night, the children’s furniture, toys and equipment are stored behind movable screens, to reveal a youth center activity den. The results? A better environment for both groups, rent reduced by more than half for both organizations, and synergies of board members for other projects. After two years, the solution continues to work well.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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