Volunteer Spotlight: Kevin McKinley

What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF? Knowing that what our resort is doing now will impact our community well into the future.  My desire to leave            my position as the caretaker of Treetops charitable giving better for the next person who has this role can be                fulfilled through the Community Foundation.   In your opinion, what is the most … [Read more...]

100 Men Come Together to Make a HUGE Impact

   Gaylord Little League representative Mike Perdue with 100 Men Who Care Ambassadors and YAC Members What kind of impact on the community can 100 men have when they gather together for one hour over  Cops and Donuts coffee and donuts? They can raise $10,000 for local efforts!! On Tuesday, August 15th, men from Otsego County and beyond came together inside the Headwaters Room at Jay’s … [Read more...]

Vanderbilt Area School Forest Trail Building Day

  On August 19th over twenty-five Vanderbilt community members, Vanderbilt High School students, Huron Pines staff, AmeriCorps staff, and Otsego County Community Foundation staff and Youth Advisory Committee came together for a trail making work day to benefit the Huron Pines/ Vanderbilt Area School place-based stewardship education project. This idea started about a year and a half ago when … [Read more...]

Exciting News in the world of Community Foundations

Senate Bill 102 Senate Bill 102 creates the Michigan Community Foundation Act, which will allow the transfer of intangible personal property from a municipality, public library and/or school board to a community foundation.  “This law will save money for local organizations,” said Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Having these donations managed by the local community foundation can lead to reduced … [Read more...]

Are you attending the 1st 100 Men Who Care event?

During the Otsego County Community Foundations planning of the second 100 Women Who Care event, a local businessman asked an insightful question, “When are you going to plan a 100 Men Who Care event?” That question has led to the formation of the first OCCF 100 Men Who Care event on August 15th with doors opening at 7:30 am at the Headwaters Room located inside Jay’s Sporting Goods. What makes … [Read more...]

Welcome James Camiller to the OCCF Board of Directors

Meet James Camiller Originally from Livonia, MI, I’m a proud graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School and Adrian College.  I have resided in Gaylord since 2000.  I am the owner of James Camiller, CPA, a certified public accounting firm with offices in Lewiston and Gaylord, that serves clients across Northern Michigan specializing in individual and business income taxes, payroll taxes, … [Read more...]

Learn about the Vanderbilt Fund

In 2016 Raymond and Frances Kuehn Hoobler approached the Otsego County Community Foundation to set up a donor advised fund that would impact the Vandebilt area. Ray and his wife live in New York but spend the summers along the shores of the Pigeon River in a house that his family has owned for generations. After the meeting, the Vanderbilt Fund was established. This July OCCF Community Liaison … [Read more...]

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...]