GiveWhat 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 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.
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
During this time of uncertainty and isolation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are deeply concerned about how this will impact the most vulnerable in our community. Our community has always been committed to coming together in supporting each other during times of crisis and ensuring those who struggle financially and economically are supported in every way possible. Please consider making a donation today, click the photo below.
All OCF funds are open ended and accept gifts at anytime. Use the button below to see our full list of funds.
These funds are currently raising funds and awareness for their individual cause.
Monies raised will go towards a $1,000 scholarship to a GHS senior that embodies the characteristics that are important to the Class of 2007: school spirit, hard work, and inclusivity.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.)