Learn AboutYour Community Foundation
Activate Generosity for a Strong Community
The Otsego Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization created by and for the people of the communities we serve. Through collaboration with donors, nonprofits and community, managing permanent charitable funds, and making purposeful grants, we magnify generosity and impact—helping meet critical needs and capitalizing on local opportunities that matter most. Our services cover the entire county and all fields of interest including Arts and Culture, Conservation, Community and Economic Development, Health and Human Services, Education and Youth Initiatives.
Ultimately, our efforts help fill forests with trees, minds with knowledge, youth with dreams, workforce with skills, society with art & culture, pantries with food, communities with connections, and hearts with that joyful feeling of making a difference.
Grants and Scholarships Awarded
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2021 Grants Awarded
|Arts & Culture||$4,750|
|Community & Economic Dev.||$11,650|
|Health & Human Service||$69,499|
|Mental and Physical Health||$27,825|
|Nonprofit Capacity Building||$4,100|
Who We Serve
From Waters to Vanderbilt, Elmira to Johannesburg and everywhere in between, we provide services to donors who want to give back to the places they love and nonprofits dedicated to advancing and preserving this special place.
Our Board of Directors
The operations of the Otsego Community Foundation are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community members.
Top Row: Left to right: Barb Brown Board Chair, Cherie Nutter Board Vice Chair, James Camiller Treasurer, Brian Pearson Secretary
Second Row: Left to right: Bill Forreider, Justine Hees, Brandie Meisner, Pat Morse, Brian Switalski
Third Row: Left to right: Annette Wells, Bob Wilson,
Katy Xenakis-Makowski, Aidan Yaske
Our team includes:
Left to right: Patty Urban; Administrative Assistant, Amanda Sosa; Director of Donor Services, Karin Beyer; Director of Community Philanthropy, Dana Bensinger; Executive Director
Youth Advisory Committee
Mission: To provide the youth with a voice to empower the community through positive impact and growth, one grant at a time
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a group of students made up of student representatives from Otsego County high school districts and adult advisors. Members of the YAC are empowered to create a positive role model for youth as philanthropists and volunteers; asses local youth needs; promote positive youth development; review grant applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Otsego Community Foundation on the distribution of grants that impact the youth of the county.
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.)
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