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...
Reflections From Our Executive Director

Reflections From Our Executive Director

Can it be January 2021? For those of you who know me, know I love seasons. Whether winter, spring, summer or fall, each has special characteristics and there is no time better than the present to snuggle in and reflect on the previous year. It is through this process,...
Grant Makers Information Session via Zoom

Grant Makers Information Session via Zoom

There will be a Grant Makers information session at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 6th, via Zoom. This informational session is for nonprofits, educators and government agencies considering submitting an application to the 2021 Community Grant Program through the...
Extreevaganza Raises Record Funds

Extreevaganza Raises Record Funds

We are so thankful for each and every one of you who helped make this year’s Extreevaganza a record-breaking event, raising over $82,000. We would have loved to have been with you all in person but we hope this alternative was truly a celebration of all that we...
Charitable Giving Under the CARES Act

Charitable Giving Under the CARES Act

As we wrap up 2020 let’s talk about a few charitable giving opportunities created by the CARES Act that may help you do more for the cause you love most. Keep these three tools in mind as you map out year-end tax planning:  Even for taxpayers who take the...
Reinvesting in Our Community

Reinvesting in Our Community

To assist in this challenging time, Consumers Energy and Otsego Community Foundation feel that reinvesting into the community is vital, as well as supporting small businesses and their employees. We provided a dollar-for-dollar match for DMA Bucks purchased through...
Donor Advised Funds Come Together to Fund Makerspace

Donor Advised Funds Come Together to Fund Makerspace

The Otsego County Library submitted a grant application last year to help bring technology to the Makerspace room in the upstairs of the library. A Makerspace is a place where people can learn and create, encouraging them to think outside the box. The grant...
Monthly Gifts a Win-Win

Monthly Gifts a Win-Win

When it comes to charitable giving, you not only have many choices on where to give, but also how to give. Historically, if you look at nonprofit giving options, the menu included things like check, credit card, securities, IRA distribution, etc. While those are all...
Remembering Loved Ones -Making a Difference

Remembering Loved Ones -Making a Difference

“We wanted to make a difference in our community while remembering my brother and sister,” said Regan Quaal reflecting on the newly established Stephanie J. and Brian L. Quaal Mental Health Fund of the Otsego Community Foundation. “Both of my...
Exciting Extreevaganza News

Exciting Extreevaganza News

The Otsego Community Foundation board of directors unanimously voted to continue the premier charitable event, that has impacted the community for more than 20 years. “Instead of viewing current restrictions due to COVID-19 as barriers, we are using them as...