What matters to you?

For 25 years, the Otsego Community Foundation has been helping people like you make the most of their charitable giving and fulfill their philanthropic goals.

Give to an Existing Fund

Give to a fund that directly supports our work or to funds supporting a variety of causes.  Donate as part of your annual giving, to honor a loved one, or simply because if does good.

Establish a Fund

Support a cause. Give directly to organizations you care about.  Create a family tradition of giving. Honor someone or pay tribute to a loved one’s memory.

Planning Your Legacy

Including the Otsego Community Foundation in your estate plan is an easy way for you to make a significant impact on community needs and create a legacy that lasts forever.

Give Recover Thrive

 In the year to come hardships will be heightened for many in Otsego County, with your support we can help them Recover & Thrive. 

Give to an Existing Fund

Donate to a fund that directly supports the good work of the OCF, or we are also home to numerous funds established by generous individuals, families and businesses. These Funds make grants to support organizations or areas of interest. You can donate to any of these funds right now. Make a donation to celebrate an event or milestone, give in memory of a loved one, or add to a local organization at the OCF.

How to Give…

Mail a check to: OCF, PO Box 344, Gaylord, MI 49734


Doug R. Madden Memorial Fund

Doug was a Gaylord community icon, well-respected businessman, and friend to everyone he ever met. Doug found joy in the simplest of pleasures, tinkering in his garage, taking a slow boat cruise around Big Lake, golfing with his buddies, or drinking a beer with a friend. But nothing made his eyes sparkle more than spending time with his family, especially his wife, Pam, to whom he was devoted for nearly 53 years.

Click on the graphic above to give to the Doug R. Madden Memorial Fund.

All OCF funds are open ended and accept gifts at anytime.   Use the button below to see our full list of funds.

Robert “Big Mac” McNamara

Robert had a passion for Gaylord and was an extremely active community leader, for over 40 years. He proudly preached the positives of Gaylord and instilled the same values of community acts of service, in all of his children and grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Patrick J. McNamara Fund through the Otsego Community Foundation by clicking on the photo above.

Up North Impact

We want to introduce people to local philanthropy in an accessible, social, fun way. Over time, members will learn more about the field of philanthropy, about our community and its issues, and get involved with our local nonprofits.

Click on the graphic above to Give Now to the Up North Impact Fund.


What Donors are Saying

“Partnering with the Otsego Community 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 of the Readers’ Fund, especially when it is achieved through opportunities in the high school curriculum,” Betsy Sanders.

“Just as many people, Herman Lunden lived in a number of communities, but he had chosen a 40 acre lot in what is now the Pigeon River Country to build his retirement home. He never had the chance to build that log home but through being a part of the OCF this endowment can always be giving back to the community that he loved and that cared about him.” Pat Lunden

“We are grateful to have OCF as a vital organization for the betterment of our community and world!!

Erik and Brandie Meisner

Establish a fund

Great giving options. Choose the one that is the right fit for you.

A fund can be established in your name or in the name of your family, your organization or anyone you wish to honor. Funds can also be established on an anonymous basis. All grants made—today and in the future—are awarded to charities in the name of the fund. It’s a beautiful way to link your community investment with a special person or purpose, forever.

Unrestricted Funds

Your gift is highly flexible and available to meet the breadth of community needs—including future needs that may not yet be imagined. Your community foundation’s program experts evaluate all aspects of community wellbeing—arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, neighborhood revitalization and more. Unrestricted gifts empower us to make strategic grants, where need and opportunity are greatest.

Field of Interest Funds

Focus your gift on an important area of community life, such as enriching education, safeguarding health, strengthening families, improving neighborhoods, cultivating arts or protecting the environment. You identify your personal interest when making your gift; our board awards grants to community organizations and programs that are making a difference in the area you select.

Donor Advised Funds

Enjoy ongoing involvement. When you establish a Donor Advised Fund, you work with our professional program staff to identify possible grants that may benefit a variety of causes and organizations important to you. Your recommendations are submitted to our local board for approval, and grants are distributed in the name of your fund.

Designated Funds

Direct your charitable gift to benefit a specific nonprofit organization or purpose. Your gift can provide an ongoing funding stream for a senior center, museum or virtually any nonprofit charitable organization. Nonprofit organizations may also begin their own Agency Endowments through the community foundation, using our capabilities to accept complex gifts and to build a lasting endowment.


Invest in your community’s future and show students you care, all with the guidance and personal services of your community foundation. You determine the criteria students must meet to receive the scholarship you establish. With your assistance, students achieve their academic and career-oriented goals—from preschool to postgraduate work.

 The Legacy Society recognizes individuals and couples who have named the Otsego Community Foundation as the beneficiary of any type of planned or deferred gift. The purpose is to acknowledge and thank those who have made these gifts and to encourage and inspire others to do the same.  Members of the Legacy Society will be recognized in our publications. 

Legacy Society Members


– Brad & Dana Bensinger  – Scott Chesley      – Bill & Liz Forreider
– Duane Jasinski               – Susan A . Jordan  – Mary B. Seger
– James Roth                          – Tom Wager              – Aara Sue Willison

Tom Wager Legacy Society Member

My Dad, Ford Wagar, was pretty frugal and like the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Giving back to the community has never been a problem. We always gave to the cause, with our time and money but never the “BIG” money. That frugal upbringing, always suggesting, “save your money for a rainy day” and we did just that. Following that game plan has paid off and now I have the resources available to accomplish two goals, to give back to the community and be remembered.”

Bill & Liz Forreider Legacy Society Members

“The Legacy Society allows us the opportunity to give to the community we love so much, long beyond our time.  Our gratitude can be expressed forever!”

Scott Chesley Legacy Society Member

“I think what I like best about the Otsego Community Foundation is it’s the one place where you can give and that gift keeps on giving forever.”

Getting Started

What matters to you?

We can help you create giving solutions that reflect your goals, values and motivations. Consider the following questions to prepare for conversation;


(989) 731 – 0597


Consider the charitable intent, what area of the community do you want to benefit?


How long do you want it to last?


What do you want to name it?


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.)