GOOD NEIGHBOURS

We believe in helping communities thrive. The Bosa Family Foundation was born from the idea that a new building can have a profound effect on its local community. Since 2012 we have donated over $1.8 million to organizations working in the areas of sustainable food programs, and vulnerable children and youth.

OUR FOCUS

The Bosa Family Foundation supports healthy food programs and food literacy, and improving the lives of vulnerable children and youth – providing opportunity, access, support and hope.

Children & Youth

We support programs that feed those in need, while empowering families to make nutritious food choices and adopt healthy eating habits. We also support initiatives for healthy and sustainable food practices, food literacy and community gardens.

Food Programs

The Foundation works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and youth. We support a wide range of programs and initiatives that address systemic needs these children and families face, providing them in a safe, motivating, and nurturing environment.

THE ISSUES

Children in Poverty

  • 1 of every 5 BC children lives in poverty. This figure is higher than the national average.
  • The highest poverty rates are for recent immigrants, children of Aboriginal identity, children in single parent families, children in visible minority families, and children with a disability.
  • Over 40% of homeless youth have aged out of Government (Foster) Care.

Food Security & Food Literacy

  • In 2016, over 30,000 BC children relied on food banks.
  • 1 child in 5 is at risk of starting the school day on an empty stomach due to lack of access to nutritious food.
  • In Aboriginal and immigrant communities, the ratio is 1 in 2.

Social Isolation

  • 1 in 3 people find it difficult to make friends in Metro Vancouver.
  • 1 in 4 people experience loneliness.
  • When neighbours know and trust each other, streets are safer, and people are healthier and happier.

OUR APPROACH

Community Giving

We work with local nonprofit groups within the community to expand capacity, harness resources, and facilitate systemic change. The Foundation facilitates discussions in the community to understand current gaps and how to best provide support – whether funding for existing providers or for brand new initiatives and programs..

Community Engagement

Our Foundation builds community by creating opportunities for neighbours to connect. Whether through projects like Bosa False Creek’s rooftop community garden, or employee engagement programs, we believe that when people know their neighbours, everyone thrives.

COMMUNITIES THRIVE WHEN WE BUILD

The Bosa Family Foundation was born from the idea that a new building can have a profound effect on its local community. Our values are built upon the 50 year history of our family business with a strong commitment to the communities in which we build. Since 2012, we have contributed a portion of the profits from each project back to the community to create high impact collaborative projects addressing children, youth and food issues. We are excited to share the stories about the partners and communities we have been a part of.

BC LIONS/KIDS UP FRONT

BC LIONS/KIDS UP FRONT

A partnership between the BC Lions and Bosa Family Foundation, the Kids Up Front Foundation exists to enrich lives for underprivileged families by sending children to safe cultural, educational, and recreational events. The Bosa Family Foundation sponsored the Courage for Kids Program by providing 300 seats for the Kids Up Front Campaign. BC Lion Andrew Harris came to visit children of all ages, handing out foam fingers, appearing in photos, and signing autographs.

BC CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

BC CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

The Teck Acute Care Centre will double the current size of BC Children's Hospital, offering additional medical and surgical inpatient capacity, an emergency department, medical imaging, and a pediatric intensive care unit. The Bosa Family Foundation have provided a five-year donation towards this capital campaign.

CHILDREN of the STREET SOCIETY

CHILDREN of the STREET SOCIETY

Through a program of education, public awareness, and family support, this Society prevents sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth in BC. The Bosa Family Foundation funded a video series to inform parents about the danger signs and advise on steps to prevent exploitation.

RAINCITY HOUSING SOCIETY

RAINCITY HOUSING SOCIETY

The RainCity Housing and Support Society is a grassroots organization built around compassion, purpose and a commitment to delivering progressive housing and support solutions for people living with mental illness, addictions and other challenges. The Bosa Family Foundation's contribution went towards: purchasing 42 new beds at the facility; funding the Homeless Outreach Program for those living on the Downtown Eastside by providing meals and covering transportation costs to and from medical clinics; and funding Community Kitchen nights at three housing projects.

EVERY STEP COUNTS

EVERY STEP COUNTS

Founded by the Victoria Foundation and hosted at Cool Aid, this unique running and walking program helps people experiencing challenges with mental health, addiction, housing, and other related issues. It draws on the wide-reaching and long-lasting benefits of exercise and teamwork to foster self-esteem, confidence, energy, and healthy lifestyle choices.

ROOFTOP GARDENS

ROOFTOP GARDENS

Tenants at Bosa False Creek grow herbs and vegetables in rooftop plots while making friends, sharing tips, and swapping seeds with other green thumbed residents. Digging your hands into soil is a great way to teach kids where food comes from and enjoy fresh herbs and greens all year. And what could be more convenient than gardening on your own roof? A partnership between the Bosa Family Foundation and Can You Dig It, an initiative of posAbilities, this rooftop garden is just one of the ways Bosa grows vibrant communities and gives back where we build.

Early Entrepreneurs Startup Skool, Vancouver

Early Entrepreneurs Startup Skool, Vancouver

Early Entrepreneurs has ignited innovation in over 3000 students from 120 different schools. Startup Skool is a week long summer camp for youth ages 9-12. The Bosa Family Foundation is sponsoring 12 vulnerable students to attend in Summer 2015. Equipped with a crash course on entrepreneurship, students will learn how to critically think, problem solve, and generate ideas. Students will then collaborate in small teams, get armed with $100 worth of startup supplies, make a "dragon's den" pitch, explore various downtown attractions, meet local entrepreneurs and by the end of the week, run their own business.

Free the Children's Adopt a Village, India

Free the Children's Adopt a Village, India

Robert Bosa through the Bosa Family Foundation has partnered with Free the Children's Adopt a Village Program to help support and provide basic services such as education, water, and health care to an impoverished community in rural India. Through this model, Free the Children is working with the Antri community in India to eliminate the barriers that prevent children from accessing education and to empower community members to break the cycle of poverty in their village.

Surrey Schools Clubhouse 36, Surrey

Surrey Schools Clubhouse 36, Surrey

Clubhouse 36 is a unique endeavor of the Surrey School District that runs throughout the school year, providing summer school, spring break and after school programs to vulnerable children in the Surrey School District. The Summer program offered a full day camp for 150 students this past summer. The Spring Break Clubhouse will provide full day programming for 150 children next Spring Break. The After School Clubhouse offers programming 2 afternoons per week for 80 children this coming year and 160 by the following year. This is a partnership between the Surrey School District, YMCA, many community partners, and a few Private foundations. Programming is provided to vulnerable students and includes fine arts, cooking, sports, engineering, science, and extra academic support.

The Bosa Family Foundation is providing funding for three years to assist in covering the costs of breakfast, lunch and a snack at all Clubhouse Programs for all participants. The Foundation also partnered with the BC Lion's to bring in all-star Solomon Elimimian for a special visit with the children.

Decoda Literacy, Vancouver

Decoda Literacy, Vancouver

Decoda Literacy is the only province-wide literacy organization in British Columbia. Working with a coordinated network, Decoda provides resources, training and funds to support 1300 community-based programs and initiatives in 400 communities across BC. These programs support 200,000 children and families, youth, adult learners, and Aboriginal and immigrant communities in an effort to build strong individuals, strong families and strong communities.

The Bosa Family Foundation has provided funding to support a full day workshop to train 30 family literacy providers about how to integrate early math and science activities and learning into family literacy programs.

Strathcona Community Centre, Vancouver

Strathcona Community Centre, Vancouver

The Strathcona Community Centre is an inner-city community centre close to the heart of Chinatown. The Centre is attached to Lord Strathcona Elementary School which serves over 650 children from diverse social, economic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The Centre has been successful in ensuring continuity for children in the community, of all age groups, and serving individuals and families from a range of income levels. The BlueSky Family Foundation recently provided funding towards a Winter Break Holiday Safe Place program for 120 vulnerable children aged 5-12 years old from the Seymour and Strathcona Elementary Schools.

Missione di Luanda, Angola

Missione di Luanda, Angola

Robert Bosa and the Bosa Family Foundation helped rebuild and expand a school in Luanda, Angola. About 1,200 students attend daily, including adults who could not attend school in their youth.

Wheel to Heal, Tri-Cities

Wheel to Heal, Tri-Cities

The BlueSky Family Foundation sponsors and participates in the Eagle Ridge Hospital “Wheel 2 Heal” Campaign. Described as the “little hospital with a big heart”, the Eagle Ridge Hospital is the Tri-Cities only community hospital serving more than 225,000 residents of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. The Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation raises funds to provide 70% of the equipment needed by the hospital and its staff. The funds raised by this year's Wheel 2 Heal ride will go to continue to provide new equipment to better care for the over 100,000 people that visit Eagle Ridge Hospital each year.

Local Schools Breakfast Programs, Surrey

Local Schools Breakfast Programs, Surrey

The Bosa Family Foundation has partnered with three learning centres, including the Guildford Learning Centre's Breakfast Program in Surrey. This Learning Centres offer a flexible, student centred education program for high needs students in Grades 10-12 who need additional support or options that a traditional secondary school cannot offer. Breakfast is prepared and served to more than 40 students each day, ensuring that students receive a nutritious, well rounded meal before the school day starts. The breakfast service is critical as it ensures that students who would otherwise be hungry, can concentrate and learn and focus on the tasks at hand. Students are calmer, happier and get to school more regularly and on time because of the breakfast program.

FUNDING PARAMETERS

The following principles are project funding priorities for the Bosa Family Foundation. Explain to us how your project includes one or more of the following principles:

1Community Involvement
  • Focus on community engagement
  • Focus on self-sustaining (versus dependency-based) solutions
2Asset-based approach
  • Focus on the strengths of the target group
  • Leveraging community resources
3Addressing a root cause of the social issue
  • Focus on solving underlying causes
  • Interventions directed at prevention
4Funding in the community where the development is located
  • Focus on local impact
5Grassroots charities with a progressive, innovative approach
  • Collaboration with community partners
  • Reporting back on outcomes of key metrics within three months of program completion.
  • Granting funds will be considered for organizations with projects that fulfill at least one of the guiding principles..

HOW TO APPLY

After reviewing our eligibility requirements, submit your project proposal which should not exceed three pages with the following information:

    1Contact name, email, phone number and website address
    2Introduction to your organization, including your Revenue Canada charitable tax number
    3Description of the project and how it fits our focus areas and guiding principles
    4Identify other organizations in the community you are working with
    5Timeline, including start and end dates
    6Project budget identifying expenditures and confirmed/potential revenue sources
    7Amount requested from the Bosa Properties Foundation and expected outcomes and impact for community investment funds.

Once complete, please email your Project Proposal to info@bosafamilyfoundation.com. When you’ve submitted your Project Proposal, we will review it for eligibility and fit with our focus, guiding principles and community funding budget. Please provide a minimum of six weeks’ lead time for consideration.

Note: The funding process is currrently under review. Stay tuned for upcoming changes.

GENERAL INQUIRIES

You can reach us at info@bosafamilyfoundation.com with a general enquiry

CONTACT

For all inquiries please contact: info@bosafamilyfoundation.com.