Community Fund

As a member of 100 Who Care you are part of a caring, amazing group of women that are making a positive impact in our community today, tomorrow and forever.  The charity who receives the most member votes at the annual evening will receive a $5000 grant and the remainder will be directed to the Community Fund of the Otsego County Community Foundation.

The Community Fund is an endowed, unrestricted fund that grants to local non-profit organizations.  By supporting the Community Fund, you capitalize on opportunities and sponsor innovative solutions.  Established 20 years ago, the Community Fund is a permanent charitable resource that grows through your giving.  When you add to the endowment, you help meet the needs of our community today and for years to come. Only the fund’s earned interest is granted; the principal remains in tact.  Therefore, your donation supports Otsego County in perpetuity.

The OCCF invests and manages the endowment to provide long-term growth, to address our community’s most pressing needs and to promote the spirit of philanthropy.  The foundation is rigorous in evaluating the impact of our grant making; donors can be reassured that their investments are making a real difference in the lives of everyone in Otsego County.

Non-profits can apply for grant from the Community Fund during the Community Grant Program.  Additionally, organizations can be nominated for grants through our I love my community grant program.   small logo 2

Annually, the Community Fund’s grants have been awarded to local organizations positively impacting thousands of our residents.  The following Otsego County organizations have already benefited from Community Fund grants:






  • Alpine Regional Tennis Association
  • American Association of University Women
  • American National Red Cross
  • Catholic Human Services
  • Cheboygan, Otsego, & Presque Isle Education
  • Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan
  • Community Mediation Services
  • Corwith Township
  • Gaylord Blue Devils Hockey Boosters
  •  Gaylord Chamber Orchestra
  • Gaylord Community Schools
  • Gaylord Council for the Arts
  • Girl Scouts of Michigan
  • Guardian Gals
  • Grace Baptist School
  • Headwaters Land Conservancy, Inc.
  • Health Department of Northwest Michigan
  • Huron Pines
  • Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools
  • Michigan Works Northeast Consortium
  • Northeastern Michigan Council of Governments
  • Northwest Michigan Community Health
  • Otsego Christian School
  • Otsego Conservation District
  • Otsego County Child Welfare Alliance
  • Otsego County Commission on Aging
  • Otsego County Drug Court
  • Otsego County Food Pantry
  • Otsego County Friends for Life
  • Otsego County Literacy Council
  • Otsego County Historial Society
  • Otsego County Sportsplex
  • Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Otsego Volunteer Center
  • Patriot Golf Day Shootout
  • Pigeon River Country Association
  • The Refuge in Otsego County
  • St. Mary Cathedral Schools
  • The Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closet of Northern Michigan
  • The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division
  • United Way of Northeast Michigan
  • Vanderbilt Area School
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation
  • Wellspring Lutheran Services
  • Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan
  • 4 Paw Love, Inc.