Engaging Community

This is your community foundation, built on time, talent and treasure of many.
How do you want to be involved?

Save the date for Extreevaganza 2024!! Through the generous support of donors, Extreevaganza has been the premier charitable event in our community for more than 20 years. They are part of ongoing efforts to strengthen our community today, tomorrow, and forever. Stay tuned for more details to come.

Please join us on May 13th for the 2025 OCF 100+ WWC event. This evening isn’t like other fundraising events. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the amazing work being done in our community and a chance to connect with other women who care about Otsego County, and it only requires an hour of your time. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Each year the OCF engages with over 50 volunteers to implement programs and services. Your talents could help advance the mission of the OCF by contacting Karin Beyer, Director of Community Philanthrophy at

Education Committee

Composed of representation from local schools and community leaders. The committee reviews applications and awards the academic scholarships and grants for educators. The committee meets four times per year.

Event Ambassador

Markets and promotes OCF events such as Extreevaganza, 100 Women Who Care and 100 Men Who Care. Each event has its own group of ambassadors who meet 4-6 times a year depending on the event. If you have attended one of these events in the past and enjoyed yourself, this is a great way to get involved.

Finance Committee

Reviews income and expenditures against the operating budget and receives audit reports. This committee develops the operating plan with projected expenses and revenues per the strategic plan. This committee chair is the board treasurer and is comprised of board members and community members with fiduciary skills. The committee meets four to six times per year.

Governance Committee

Ensures the board’s diversity so that it reflects the county’s demographics. It drives board recruitment, orientation, and development. The Governance Committee guides board evaluation and leadership succession planning. This committee is comprised of three board members and at least one community member. The committee meets four to six times per year.

Grant Review Committee

Distributes the earnings from the community’s unrestricted endowment to meet the ever-changing needs within the county. This committee oversees the Foundation’s competitive grant program, including its philosophy, guidelines and the grant making process as guided by the strategic plan. The committee meets four times per year.

Investment Committee

Oversees activities related to investment of funds including reviewing the investment policies spending policies, monitoring investment managers and selecting and terminating the services of investment managers. The committee meets four times a year.

Youth Advisory Committee

Oversees the Youth Fund grant making and development as well as promoting youth philanthropy and volunteerism. The position of YAC advisor is a dedicated adult who can empower youth who are, or would like to be, engaged in our community. YAC meets 7-10 times per year.


Whether you are an individual with questions about local philanthropy, a group spearheading new initiative, or part of a nonprofit group wanting to connect with others, there are many opportunities depending on your wish.

The OCF team is here for you


(989) 731-0597



Invite Community Foundation Staff to present to you and or a group of friends/colleagues. There is no better way to connect with what matters than in person. Call the office to set up a meeting.


What Matters- an opportunity for community groups to present to the OCF board of directors, 12 pm 4th Tuesday of every month at the OCF. (At this time What Matters is on hold)


Nonprofit Exchange, a monthly coffee break dedicated to nonprofit networking. Held second Wednesday of the month at 9am on Zoom. If you would like to participate please contact Karin Beyer at


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Get In Touch

Location: 316 W Main Street, Gaylord, MI 49735

Mailing Address: PO Box 344, Gaylord, MI 49734

Telephone: (989) 731-0597


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