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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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2020 Grants Awarded

As of 12/31/2020
Animal Welfare $500.00
Arts & Culture $37,672
Community & Economic Dev. $23,780
Conservation $17,500
Education $62,823
Health & Human Service $169,667
Recreation $26,333
Youth $10,350

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
what matters to you?

Whether looking to give or receive the OCF connects you to what matters.  We want to hear from you.  We recently asked you to share with us what matters in a photo contest While we can’t host a photo contest year long, we are here for you.  Please share with us in picture or words what matters to you.

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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.

Top Row: Left to right:  Paul Hartmann, Lisha Ramsdell , Cherie Nutter, James Camiller

Second Row: Left to right: Katy Xenakis-Mankowski, Bill Forreider,  Pat Morse, Bob Courtois 

Third Row: Left to right: Barb Brown, Brian Pearson

Bottom Row: Left to right: Brandie Meisner, Gracie Blust,  Justine Hees, Kaylie McKinley


Our team includes:

Left to right:  Karin Beyer; Community Liaison, Dana Bensinger; Executive Director, Amanda Sosa; Donor Services Manager


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: [email protected]

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