Let’s celebrate what happened at the OCCF in 2017

Before we look ahead to 2018, let’s reflect on all that happened in the previous 12 months. Several Otsego County Community Foundation initiatives were launched and expanded upon while a number of endowments with potential for significant impact were started in 2017. Let’s celebrate the growth of the Foundation by looking at the year in review:

The Herman Lunden Memorial Fund was established to benefit the Pigeon River Discovery Center. To read more about the impact that this fund will have for conservation please click here.



The Otsego County Library was awarded a grant for $90,049.61. This is the largest disbursement in the history of the Otsego County Community Foundation!

Amanda Sosa and Karin Beyer were hired to fill the Administrative Assistant and Community Liaison positions respectively. They bring with them a collaborative spirit that is vital for creating meaningful connections and are committed to advancing a philanthropic culture.

The Readers’ Fund awards first grants to 16 Gaylord High School students.Click here to see the impact that this fund has on the lives of students.


$10,000 donated to the Otsego County Community Foundation Youth Fund.
After winning a $5,000 donation from Community Financial Credit Union Thumbs Up for Charity grant plus a dollar for dollar matching grant from an anonymous donor the Youth Fund grows.
Click here to learn more about this exciting announcement.

In May, 200 women came together for 1 hour. $20,000 was invested into the community because of this event. Want to know more about the 100 (or more) Women Who Care event please clink here.


With the popularity of the 100 Women Who Care, the men of Otsego County hosted the inaugural 100 Men Who Care event in August and raised $10,000 . $5,000 was awarded to the Gaylord Little League and $5,000 for the Community Fund of the OCCF.


The Otsego County Community Foundation and their giving partners came together and awarded over $69,000 to local charities with the Community Grant Program in 2017.  The Foundation is proud of the unique program that benefits many. Click here to read the Community Grant Program Report.

15 Scholarships were awarded this year to Gaylord Community High School, Gaylord St. Mary High School and Johannesburg High School graduating seniors during each schools Scholarship night. To learn more about these amazing young adults click here.

We were excited to reach over 2,000 friends on Facebook. If you would like to be a social media friend please like our page, Otsego County Community Foundation . Start your friendship by Clicking here.

The Youth Advisory Committee is growing! This marks the first time in history of YAC that there is a representative from each school that includes Gaylord Community Schools, Gaylord St. Mary, Johannesburg, Vanderbilt and Grace Baptist. These young adults are providing the youth with a voice to empower the community through positive impact and growth, one grant at a time. If you want to learn more about YAC or to become a member please click here.

This past November 28th, the OCCF participated in #GivingTuesday.   We are humbled by the participation in this day of doing good. $9,237.00 was raised by 39 donors including an anonymous donor who provided a dollar for dollar match. This support will further  the mission of the foundation and is a testament of one of  America’s greatest traditions, generosity to the community that you love.



Extreevaganza Casino Royale was an amazing night that raised over $30,000  for the Community Fund. Thank you to Treetops Resort who hosted the event and all sponsors, prize donors, volunteers and those the attended.


This is just a short list of what has happened with the Otsego County Community Foundation this year.                                                                                     Looking forward to a bright 2018