Together We Can Do More…Join Us for 100+ Women Who Care

Together We Can Do More…Join Us for 100+ Women Who Care

What is 100+ Women Who Care? Over one hundred women meet once a year for one hour and agree to donate $100 each to a local charity or charities that are nominated by and voted on by the membership. That means over $10,000 is invested in local charities right here in...
Celebrate Volunteers

Celebrate Volunteers

Definition of the word “volunteer”: A person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.A person who performs a service willingly and without pay. Volunteers are worth their weight in gold and an important resource for any...
Survey: Child Care in Otsego County

Survey: Child Care in Otsego County

Could you take a few moments to help gather information on the child care available in Otsego County? Accessible and affordable childcare is a barrier faced by families, and the ALICE (asset limited income constrained, employed) report released yesterday...
Reflections on Nine Years

Reflections on Nine Years

  As the executive director of a nonprofit, I report to the board of directors. That means that depending on the size of the board, I have had 7-17 bosses at any given time in the last nine and a half years. Lucky for me, the OCF board nomination process has...
Congratulations, Dana Bensinger!

Congratulations, Dana Bensinger!

During the 2020 Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards ceremony, OCF executive director Dana Bensinger was awarded the Daune Weiss Memorial Business Person of the Year award. This award is given to a business owner or manager who best exemplifies Daune...
Introducing the Mark Brown Fund

Introducing the Mark Brown Fund

His love for the great outdoors was one of the main reasons Detroit native Mark Brown moved to Gaylord in 2014.  Mark loved the slower pace, being in nature and several “up north” hobbies, especially hunting.  Mark always appreciated that...
New Scholarship Funds and a $2,500 Opportunity

New Scholarship Funds and a $2,500 Opportunity

The Otsego Community Foundation (OCF) scholarship application opens up online today, February 2nd. We are excited to announce there are a few big changes, including two new scholarships, as well as a substantial increase in one of the existing awards.  New funds...
Introducing OCF New Board and Committee Members

Introducing OCF New Board and Committee Members

The operations of the Otsego Community Foundation (OCF) are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community members. We are happy to announce the addition of Justine Hees and Brandie Meisner to the board starting in January. They will be filling the...
Are You 12-19 Years Old? Help YAC Make Grant Decisions

Are You 12-19 Years Old? Help YAC Make Grant Decisions

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Otsego Community Foundation needs to hear your voice. You can do this by participating in the Youth Needs Survey. The Youth Needs Survey is used to identify the concerns of the youth in the community and region, and this...
Encouraging the Next Generation of Dreamers

Encouraging the Next Generation of Dreamers

Every time a new fund is established at the OCF, there is a unique story with a common theme of connection to people and place.  The latest fund, the Captain John Nicholson Fund is no exception.   John Nicholson was born in Lansing and raised on a farm...