Designated Funds are established for the benefit of designated nonprofits, educational or religious institutions. Individual donors or the nonprofits themselves may establish these funds, which provide support now and enhance the resources the organizations will need in the future.

  • Adopt A Classroom Fund – supporting education by annually providing teachers resources to enhance their classrooms.
  • Cornerstone Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego County Community Foundation
  • Crossroads Industries, Inc. Fund – supporting the efforts of Crossroads Industries
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ of Gaylord Fund – supporting the efforts of the First Congregational Church of Christ of Gaylord
  • Gaylord Area Council for the Arts Fund – supporting the efforts of the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts
  • Gaylord Community Field Fund – supporting the maintenance of the community field
  • Headwaters Chapter – Trout Unlimited Fund – supporting the efforts of the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited
  • Herman Lunden Memorial Fund – supporting the Pigeon River Discovery Center
  • Jim Mongeau Alpenfest Fund –  supporting the programs of Alpenfest
  • Kiwanis Club of Gaylord Community Fund – supporting the efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Gaylord
  • Mark Brown Fund – created in memory of an avid sportsman. The fund will award grants to the Northland Sportsmen’s Club to introduce youth to hunting
  • Otsego Christian School Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego Christian School
  • Otsego Conservation District Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego Conservation District
  • Otsego County Commission on Aging Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego County Commission on Aging
  • Otsego County Food Pantry Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego County Food Pantry
  • Otsego County Historical Society Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego County Historical Society
  • Otsego County Library Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego County Library
  • Otsego County Sportsplex Fund –  supporting the efforts of the Otsego County Sportsplex
  • Otsego County United Way Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego County United Way
  • Otsego Environmental Learning Site Fund – providing support for the maintenance of the Otsego Environmental Learning Site
  • Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Otsego Wildlife Legacy Society Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego County Wildlife Legacy Society
  • Otsego Volunteer Center Fund – supporting the efforts of the Otsego Volunteer Center
  • P & J County Parks Fund – providing support for county parks
  • Patrick R. Mankowski Fund – supporting the City Parks of Gaylord
  • Rick Bensinger Little League Fund – supporting the Gaylord Little League
  • Sandy Glasby Memorial Fund – supporting Gaylord Community Productions
  • Up North Impact – Introducing young people to local philanthropy in an accessible, social, fun way 
  • Veterans Day Celebration Fund – to support the Veteran’s Day Celebration created under Jerry Belanger’s leadership

Donor Advised Funds work with our professional program staff to identify possible grants that may benefit a variety of causes and organizations important to you. Recommendations are submitted to our local board for approval, and grants are distributed in the name of your fund.

  • Amar-Fox Family Fund
  • Arbutus Beach JAC Fund
  • Barbara and Frank Rock Family Fund
  • Berkley Kay Payton Fund
  • Bill Marsh Fund
  • Brenden Gorney Fund
  • Carol Buxton Fund
  • Catt Family Fund
  • Chesley Family Fund 
  • Cwik Holly by Golly Fund
  • Deerfield Computer Associates Fund
  • Don and Betty Miller Fund
  • Doug R. Madden Memorial Fund
  • Elaine Nowicki Awesome Fund
  • Jeff and Lynne Smetzer Fund
  • Gahm Family Fund
  • Gordon G. Everett Family Fund
  • Hees Family Fund
  • Kevin and Elizabeth Reynolds Fund
  • Kohnert Family Fund
  • Kuehlenthal Beyer Family Fund
  •  Lampert Family Fund 
  • Mary Kay (Smith) Sklarczyk Fund
  • Nancy K. Deerfield Fur Kids Fund
  • Nicholas Matthew Mazur Memorial Fund
  • Noss Family Fund
  • Pura Vida Fund
  • Readers’ Fund 
  • Rotary Club of Gaylord Fund
  • Skerratt Family Fund
  • Tom Gill Memorial Fund
  • Treetops Charity Fund
  • William and Linda Muzyl Fund
  • Vanderbilt Fund

Field-of-Interest Funds enable donors to focus their giving on the issue or cause they care about most.

  • Arts and Culture Fund – support projects and programs to enhance art and culture
  • Bruce Fasel Memorial Fund – supports causes that promote hunting, fishing and a love of the outdoors for our youth
  • Conservation Fund – supports conservation efforts throughout the county.
  • Otsego County Cops Fund – supports the youth in Otsego County
  • Ron Chavey Friendship Fund – supports organizations who assist with housing and basic needs
  • Stephanie J. and Brian L. Quaal Mental Health Fund –  supports organizations dedicated to improving mental health
  • TACKLE Fund – supports organizations that bring comfort to local cancer patients
  • UAW Local 388 Educators Fund – provides grant for educators’ to enhance classrooms
  • Youth Fund – awards grants to programs that impact youth in Otsego County

Scholarship Funds support undergraduate and graduate education, professional development and other educational enrichment opportunities

  • Athel Eugene & Helen Williams Scholarship Fund – awarded annually to two students pursuing a degree in nursing or medicine
  • Butcher Scholarship Fund – awarded to students who excel in academics
  • Captain Nicholson Scholarship Fund – Awarded to a student from a small community with big dreams. Open to  Johannesburg-Lewiston schools.
  • Class of 2007 Scholarship Fund– awarded to a GHS senior that embodies the characteristics that are important to the Class of 2007: school spirit, hard work, and inclusivity
  • Don & Helen Crandall Scholarship Fund – awarded to a student pursuing secondary education
  • Don Skop Memorial Scholarship Fund – awarded to a student pursuing vocations or skilled trades
  • Edward and Frances Burzynski Scholarship Fund – awarded to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, animal husbandry, and related fields
  • Freel Family Fund – awarded to a student who excels in academics and demonstrates need
  • Harold & Norma Elgas Reach Scholarship Fund – awarded to a student who demonstrates need
  • Irene Angus Science Scholarship Fund – awarded to college students pursuing a science degree
  • Kathryn Tripp Scholarship Fund – awarded to a student pursuing a degree in education. Additionally, the fund provides scholarships for sixth grade camp at GIS, a passion of Kathryn Tripp
  • Louis and Rose Marie Tebbe Fund – awarded to a hard working student.  Preference given to students of military families or those pursuing a medical career.
  • Treetops Scholarship Fund – awarded to  Otsego County residents that are pursuing higher education at either vocational or academic institutes. Preference given to students who have or are overcoming some kind of adversity, students that are interested in the hospitality field or those that have relatives that are or have been employees of Treetops Resort.

Funds for the Community are a collection of funds established and grown by generous individuals, families and businesses, complimenting the Community Fund. These funds are unrestricted in nature, meaning the Otsego Community Foundation and Grants committee ultimately decide how grant dollars from each fund collectively would be best utilized within the community each year.

  • Bensinger Family Fund – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Betty and Paul Hartmann Family Fund – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Community Fund – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Dale and Marlene Smith Fund – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Dr. Patrick J McNamara Fund – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County and carrying on the legacy of Dr. Patrick J. McNamara
  • Elaine Nowicki Awesome Fund – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Forreider Family Fund  – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Gall Family Fundmeeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Lochinski Family Fundmeeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Meisner Family Fund  – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Nearing Nutter Family  –  meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County
  • Pat and Arnie Morse Fund – meeting the ever changinf needs of Otsego County
  • Stephen M. Qua Fund  – meeting the ever changing needs of Otsego County