Turning Retirement Accounts into Charitable Good

Turning Retirement Accounts into Charitable Good

  There is good news for community foundation donors in their 70s—and for the communities and causes they care about. A permanent law makes it possible to give individual retirement account (IRA) assets to charity, free from federal tax, annually. Prior to 2006,...
Mother’s Day Spotlight

Mother’s Day Spotlight

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are highlighting two OCF funds: the Kathryn Tripp Scholarship Fund and the Elaine Nowicki Awesome Fund. Both funds were created by loving family members in memory of their moms. ELAINE NOWICKI AWESOME FUND When Elaine Nowicki saw an act of...
Otsego Community Foundation Celebrates Their Volunteers

Otsego Community Foundation Celebrates Their Volunteers

The Otsego Community Foundation (OCF) is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Executive Director Dana Bensinger credits volunteers for the organization’s existence and continuing growth. “We have over 50 volunteers and each one of them helps achieve our updated...
Grant Spotlight: Healthy Water, Happy Students

Grant Spotlight: Healthy Water, Happy Students

During the Community Grant Program in 2018, the Youth Advisory Committee of the Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness Center proposed the addition of water filtration/bottle filling stations throughout the high school to promote water consumption for students and reduce plastic...
Grant Focus: Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

Grant Focus: Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

The Women’s Resource Center is committed to equality, justice, and the well-being of women. To that end, they will engage and encourage our community to work with them toward those goals. The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Services Program for Otsego County...
Volunteer Spotlight on Bill and Liz Forreider

Volunteer Spotlight on Bill and Liz Forreider

What attracted you to becoming involved with the OCF? Bill – The opportunity to impact varying needs within the community. Coming from years of service helping to protect our natural resources, I started to realize that my passion to help and serve extended...
Scholarship Applications Now Open

Scholarship Applications Now Open

The Otsego Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for graduating seniors as well as current college students starting February 4, 2019. A total of 16 scholarships will be awarded, ranging from $500-$1,500. General scholarships, as well as areas of...