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 – supporting Otsego 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
  • Veterans Day Celebration Fund – supporting the Veteran’s Day Celebration held annually at Gaylord Middle School

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
  • Brenden Gorney Fund
  • Carol Buxton Fund
  • Catt Family Fund
  • Chesley Family Fund 
  • Cwik Holly by Golly Fund
  • Dayton Thomas Foot Memorial 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
  • Gaylord Area Tourism Fund
  • Gaylord Edward Jones Fund 
  • Gordon G. Everett Family Fund
  • Hees Family Fund
  • Kevin and Elizabeth Reynolds Fund
  • Kohnert Family Fund
  • Kuehlenthal Beyer Family Fund
  • Kurt Kakaviska Memorial Fund
  •  Lampert Family Fund 
  • Long Range Success 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
  • Vanderbilt Fund
  • William and Linda Muzyl Fund
  • WWJPD Fund

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

  • Arts and Culture Fund – supports arts and culture programs, projects and services.
  • Conservation Fund – supports conservation efforts throughout the county.
  • Otsego County Cops Fund – supports the youth in Otsego County.
  • Ron Chavey Friendship Fund – supports organizations that 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 – supports programming initiated by pre-K through 12th-grade teachers.
  • Vanderbilt Student Success Fund – 
  • Youth Fund – supports programs that impact youth in Otsego County.

Scholarship Funds support undergraduate and graduate education, 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 is given to students of military families or those pursuing a medical career.
  • Treetops Scholarship Fund – awarded up to four years to current Treetops Resort employees, dependents of current employees, or immediate family of current employees who have been employed for at least one year and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Preference is given to those employees with multiple years of employment and students earning a degree in hospitality, food & beverage, PGA golf management, turf management, or hotel management. Open to all Otsego County graduating students.

Funds for the Community are a collection of funds established and grown by generous individuals, families, and businesses, complementing the Community Fund. These funds are unrestricted and ensures a better future for all by pursuing the community’s greatest opportunities and addressing the most critical challenges. 

  • Bensinger Family Fund
  • Betty and Paul Hartmann Family Fund 
  • Community Fund 
  • Dale and Marlene Smith Fund 
  • Dr. Patrick J McNamara Fund 
  • Elaine Nowicki Awesome Fund
  • Forreider Family Fund  
  • Gall Family Fund 
  • Gordon G. Everett Fund
  • LaLone Fund Family Fund 
  • Lochinski Family Fund
  • Meisner Family Fund  
  • Nearing Nutter Family 
  • Pat and Arnie Morse Fund 
  • Stephen M. Qua Fund