Reflections on Nine Years

Reflections on Nine Years

  As the executive director of a nonprofit, I report to the board of directors. That means that depending on the size of the board, I have had 7-17 bosses at any given time in the last nine and a half years. Lucky for me, the OCF board nomination process has...
Congratulations, Dana Bensinger!

Congratulations, Dana Bensinger!

During the 2020 Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards ceremony, OCF executive director Dana Bensinger was awarded the Daune Weiss Memorial Business Person of the Year award. This award is given to a business owner or manager who best exemplifies Daune...
Introducing the Mark Brown Fund

Introducing the Mark Brown Fund

His love for the great outdoors was one of the main reasons Detroit native Mark Brown moved to Gaylord in 2014.  Mark loved the slower pace, being in nature and several “up north” hobbies, especially hunting.  Mark always appreciated that...
New Scholarship Funds and a $2,500 Opportunity

New Scholarship Funds and a $2,500 Opportunity

The Otsego Community Foundation (OCF) scholarship application opens up online today, February 2nd. We are excited to announce there are a few big changes, including two new scholarships, as well as a substantial increase in one of the existing awards.  New funds...
Introducing OCF New Board and Committee Members

Introducing OCF New Board and Committee Members

The operations of the Otsego Community Foundation (OCF) are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community members. We are happy to announce the addition of Justine Hees and Brandie Meisner to the board starting in January. They will be filling the...
Are You 12-19 Years Old? Help YAC Make Grant Decisions

Are You 12-19 Years Old? Help YAC Make Grant Decisions

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Otsego Community Foundation needs to hear your voice. You can do this by participating in the Youth Needs Survey. The Youth Needs Survey is used to identify the concerns of the youth in the community and region, and this...