Youth Advisory Committee attends Summer Leadership Conference

  Did you know that the Michigan Community Foundation Youth Project was the first in the nation and started 25 years ago? This program has now expanded to all states and also internationally. The weekend of June 23-26th, The Otsego County Community Foundation sent four members of their Youth Advisory Committee along with two advisors to celebrate the 25 years of youth having a voice in … [Read more...]

Five OCCF funds band together to support Treetops Military League

Treetops Resort is proud to introduce a unique and powerful program that will benefit the military community, both those still in active service or veterans.  "We’ve supported Military initiatives at Treetops for over 10 years but what was missing was the consistent connection with our veterans and actives.  We’ve had some major success with our PGA Junior League program because of the format that … [Read more...]

Janice Lampert awarded the Kevin Reynolds Achievement Award

On June 21, 2017  Otsego County Community Foundation board member Janice Lampert was awarded the  Kevin Reynolds Achievement Award . This award is presented to a board member who goes above and beyond their job description to serve the Otsego County Community Foundation. Nominations are taken from the Board of Directors and voted on by those who have received the award in the past.  The award is … [Read more...]

Community Grant Program awards $69,352 to local charities

The community grant program is a collaborative effort made possible by local funding partners including  Otsego County Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Gaylord, Kiwanis Club of Gaylord, Otsego Wildlife Legacy Society, Otsego Memorial Hospital and Otsego County United Way.  This unique program, administered by the Otsego County Community Foundation allows nonprofits to complete one grant … [Read more...]

Mary Kay Smith Sklarczyk Fund and Smiles Through the Miles

  In 2012, the Mary Kay Smith Sklarczyk Fund of the Otsego County Community Foundation was established to provide financial support for helping children and young adults understand and appreciate the greater outdoors and support the awareness and fight against breast cancer. This fund is in memory of Mary Kay, who lost her battle with breast cancer on October 30, 2011. While alive she … [Read more...]

200 Women make a HUGE difference in Otsego County

  What kind of impact on the community can 200 women have when they gather together for one hour? They can raise $20,000 for local efforts!! On Tuesday, May 16th, this dynamic group of women came together at The Ellison Place, three members were randomly drawn and had the opportunity to share on behalf of a local organization.  Following the presentations, members voted for the … [Read more...]


The Otsego County Community Foundation Youth Fund was one of five finalist  chosen to participate in Community Financial Thumbs Up for Charity grant contest, after being nominated by community members. From April 10th until April 21st the five finalist were asked to have people vote daily . "With the support of WMJZ - The Eagle and daily Facebook pictures and videos of  YAC members to remind … [Read more...]

Readers’ Fund

Betsy Sanders and Jill Miner                                                   2017 AP Achievement Award Recipients 16 Gaylord High School students receive Readers’ Fund Awards This year 16 Gaylord High School students will receive AP Achievement awards made possible through a grant from the Readers’ Fund of the Otsego County Community Foundation. Each recipient will be granted the opportunity … [Read more...]

2017 Gaylord Orange Barrel Improvement Project

The phrase “Together we can do more for the community we love,” seems to summarize all the efforts of the Community Foundation.  Whether building community endowment, awarding grants, or convening leaders, collaboration is the way to go.  Last June, the OCCF hosted a round table discussion with local community and economic development organizations. Representatives from the City of Gaylord, … [Read more...]

New Endowment Established : Herman Lunden Memorial Fund

                Herman Lunden Memorial Fund   On a rainy day in 2013 while paying a visit to the Pigeon River Country headquarters, John Lunden had a dream to honor his grandfather, Herman Lunden. In the early 1900’s Herman was involved with the lumber business in Northern Michigan and was active in the conservation of natural resources, reforestation, fire prevention, and other … [Read more...]