Building Strength

This unique program will improve the physical and mental health of at-risk youth in Otsego County by reducing the risk of chronic disease, decrease youth violence and bullying and increase emotional and mental health factors.

College Credits

Partnering with the Otsego County Foundation seemed like the best way to connect with and to benefit our biggest resource: our children. Making higher education more affordable is a goal we support, especially when it is achieved through opportunities in the high school curriculum

Learning in Nature

The purpose of the project is to implement place-based stewardship education (PBSE) efforts at Vanderbilt Area School (VAS). PBSE has been proven to increase student performance and results in long term investment in their community.


Gaylord Little League Baseball and Softball is much more than just bats, balls, a field, dugouts, or any of the other dozens of physical items that go into baseball and softball.

Works of Art

The Mission of Gaylord Area Council for the Arts is to nurture and promote a creative community by facilitating, sharing and encouraging individual expression through the arts.

OCF Rebrand

GAYLORD–The Otsego County Community Foundation is marking its 25th year with a new name and a new look.

Dana Bensinger, executive director, invites the community to celebrate this exciting transition for the organization, now called the Otsego Community Foundation. (OCF)

Connect With Us

Location: 316 W Main Street, Gaylord, MI 49735
Mailing Address: PO Box 344, Gaylord, MI 49734
Telephone: (989) 731-0597
Email: [email protected]
Hours: T-Th 8am – 3pm  (Mon & Fri by Appt.)

A Word

From Our Director

“For the past 24 years, we have built a platform for serving donors, nonprofits and the community as a whole in Otsego County, and in the process, our mission has touched thousands of lives. As we enter 2019, we are excited to continue our good work under a streamlined name the Otsego Community Foundation.”

– Dana Bensinger


Grants and Scholarships Awarded


Current Assets

Our News

Foundation Matters 

Volunteer Spotlight on Bill and Liz Forreider

What attracted you to becoming involved with the OCF? Bill - The opportunity to impact varying needs within the community. Coming from years of service helping to protect our natural resources, I started to realize that my passion to help and serve extended beyond...

Scholarship Applications Now Open

The Otsego Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for graduating seniors as well as current college students starting February 4, 2019. A total of 16 scholarships will be awarded, ranging from $500-$1,500. General scholarships, as well as areas of...

Community Grant Program is Now Open

The Community Grant Program is now open and accepting applications until March 14th, 2019. This program is a collaborative effort made possible by Kiwanis Club of Gaylord, Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital, Otsego Community Foundation, Otsego County United...


Grants Awarded


Current Assets

Get In Touch

Location: 316 W Main Street, Gaylord, MI 49735

Mailing Address: PO Box 344, Gaylord, MI 49734

Telephone: (989) 731-0597

Email: [email protected]

Hours: T-TH: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (M & F by appt.)