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Your Community Foundation
Our Mission

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


Current Assets

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2021 Financials

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2021 Grants Awarded


As of 12/31/2021
Arts & Culture $4,750
Community & Economic Dev. $11,650
Conservation $8,706
Education $59,956
Health & Human Service $69,499
 Mental and Physical Health $27,825
Nonprofit Capacity Building $4,100
Recreation $32,438
 Educational Scholarships $41,000
Youth $30,125

Fund Distribution

As of 12/31/2020
Donor Advised $2,683,962.94
Unrestricted $1,223,092.49
Agency Funds $1,255,456.46
FOI $354,377.16
Operating Fund $50,555.88
Scholarship Fund $384,231.31
Designated Fund $567,604.00
Total $6,519,280.24
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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.

Back Row: Left to right: Tanner Catt, James Camiller, Jan Kellogg, Brandie Meisner, Bob Wilson

Front Row: Left to right: Annette Wells, Cherie Nutter, Justine Hees, Mischa Beyers, Brian Switalski

Not Pictured: Bill Forreider, Avery Huston, Steve Hutchinson, Nancy Kussrow and Katy Xenakis-Makowski


Our team includes:

Left to right:  Patty Urban; Finance and Operations Manager, Karin Beyer; Director of Community Philanthropy, Amanda Sosa; Director of Donor Services, Dana Bensinger; Executive Director, and Kristine Lassen; Communications Coordinator. 


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.



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: info@otsegofoundation.org

Hours: T-TH: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (M & F by appt.)

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