The “Truth About Estate Planning”

October is National Estate Planning Awareness month.  Please join us for "The Truth About Estate Planning" a free workshop: October 30th - 7pm University Center Gaylord Please reserve your spot by emailing amanda@otsegofoundation.org or call 989-731-0597 The interactive event will cover topics including: How to make life easier on your loved ones during troubling times. Do your … [Read more...]

Join us for Extreevaganza: An Enchanted Evening

Extreevaganza: An Enchanted Evening December 7th, 2018 Benefiting the Otsego County Community Fund Improving the lives of our neighbors, enhancing our community, and building compassionate leaders – that is what the Extreevaganza event has been doing since 1999 through the Otsego County Community Foundation. The yearly event is not only a fundraiser, but also a chance for people to join … [Read more...]

Marketing for Nonprofits: How to Begin Doing a Lot with a Little

  Do you want to take your nonprofit to the next level? Huron Pines is presenting the last in this year's Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series workshop titled Marketing for Nonprofits: How to Begin Doing a Lot with a Little, in partnership with the Otsego County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan. The workshop will be held on November 7th at the University … [Read more...]

Community Fund Supports Leadership Development

    “The Leadership Learning Lab (LLL) is a unique, impactful experience that has exceeded my expectations, by far. The LLL is a professional development opportunity unlike anything else I've experienced in my career. The LLL has already proven more beneficial for myself, my organization, and my community than any other training I've ever participated in! I highly recommend it … [Read more...]

Create a Legacy That Lasts Forever

Including the Otsego County Community Foundation in your estate planning is an easy way for you to make a significant impact on community needs and create a legacy that lasts forever. The Legacy Society recognizes individuals and couples who have named the Otsego County Community Foundation as the beneficiary of any type of planned or deferred gift. The purpose is to acknowledge and thank those … [Read more...]

Students Impacted by Teacher Mini-Grants

Since 2005, over $65,000 in Teacher Mini Grants have been awarded to fund 90 different education programs throughout our county. The funding originally came from many different fundraisers, such as Stand Up for Education, Golf Passports, and Lights for Learning, as well as local businesses and Otsego County Community Foundation donor advised funds. In March of 2014, the UAW Local 388 Educators … [Read more...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Xenakis-Makowski

What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF? I became involved with the Otsego County Community Foundation because I appreciate the focus on supporting community in order to establish positive programming for all – particularly students. In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does? Giving back to the community in ways that make a difference in peoples’ … [Read more...]

Gaylord Band Boosters Receives 100 Men Who Care Grant

During the 2nd 100 Men Who Care event, Kevin Reynolds was chosen to present the non-profit he feels passionate about, Gaylord Band Boosters. During his presentation, Kevin spoke about the importance of band for the youth in our community. Besides the whole “learning life through learning music” principle, there are many other benefits to participating in band. Students who play in a band tend … [Read more...]

Better Stories by Design: Crafting Narratives That Stick

Stories are the basis of human connection. Nothing was ever designed that didn’t start with a story: a product, a society, a movement. And the best stories, the ones we tell over and over again, contain a basic structure that makes them “sticky” - they interrupt, surprise, inspire conviction, and spur to action. Storytelling is an art, for sure, but like any other artistic endeavor, it takes a … [Read more...]

Gaylord Community Field a Collaborative Effort

A turf field is currently being installed at Gaylord High School.  It will be used for many athletic activities, physical education classes and community events. According to Gaylord Schools superintendent, Brian Pearson "This has been a dream for over ten years and will become a reality due to a supportive community and the quality partnerships." The Quarterback Club, a group of volunteers  … [Read more...]