The Otsego Community Foundation is excited to launch What Matters?, a new program designed to raise awareness around topics connected to local philanthropy. What Matters? will take place from 12 pm – 1 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month (from February through October) in the community meeting room on the second floor at the Otsego County Library.

“We have a unique role connecting people who care to the causes that matter. Individuals, families, businesses and community groups come to share their talents and treasures to make a difference, and we feel this series is a way to keep people updated on both the needs and opportunities in the community throughout the year,” said Dana Bensinger, OCF Executive Director.

The series kicks off on February 25, at 12 pm with a presentation on ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) by Erin Mann, Executive Director of the Otsego County United Way.

Across Otsego County, 42% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, technology, health care and transportation. ALICE is a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – a comprehensive picture of financial needs across Otsego County beyond traditional federal poverty guidelines. ALICE represents those in our communities who are working, yet still struggling to make ends meet. In the five years since the Michigan Association of United Ways has released its first ALICE report, Michigan residents have gotten a clearer picture of their neighbors, loved ones, friends and acquaintances than ever before. The most recent report shows the increased cost of living combined with low wages, reduced work hours and depleted savings has led to an uneven economic recovery in Michigan. That’s why Michigan United Ways remain committed to serving ALICE, and all those in need, through programs that strive to improve the health, education and financial stability of all Michigan residents.

All are invited to attend. Bring your lunch and learn with us; coffee and water provided. Stay tuned for upcoming topics.

What matters to you? To suggest a speaker or inquire about presenting, please contact Dana Bensinger at