Friends of the Foundation

In 2014, the OCCF Board of Directors, after much discussion and desire to increase organization sustainability, introduced Friends of the Foundation. A raffle concept was created for those who wanted to give back to the community they love and assist with the short and long-term sustainability of the OCF, all while having five chances to win $1,000 cash each month.  We are pleased to announce that … [Read more...]

Coming soon: the OCF

  The Otsego County Community Foundation is marking its 25th year with a new name and a new look. Dana Bensinger, executive director, invites the community to celebrate this exciting transition for the organization. As of January 1st, 2019, it will be called the Otsego Community Foundation (OCF). “For the past 24 years, we have built a platform for serving donors, nonprofits and the … [Read more...]

Little League – Big Results

Over the past fifteen months, Gaylord Little League has received grants from two OCCF Funds. In 2017, the organization was nominated at 100 Men Who Care and the recipient of the $5,000 grant from the Community Fund. In the spring of 2018, the Skerratt Family Fund also recommended a grant to the organization. "It is a highlight of my job to work with donor advised funds, like the Skerratt Family … [Read more...]

Deadline for year end gifts

As we enter December, year-end giving is top of mind for many. To ensure a gift is completed by December 31, 2018, gifts of stock transfers should be initiated by December 17th. Details on stock gifts can be found here. Cash or check gifts must be delivered postmarked by December 30th. Credit card gifts must be completed online by December 31st. Thank you for considering a year-end gift through … [Read more...]

Kevin Reynolds Achievement Award Recipient: Lisha Ramsdell

            Volunteer Spotlight on this year's Kevin Reynolds Achievement Award winner, Lisha Ramsdell On November 6th, Otsego County Community Foundation board member Lisha Ramsdell 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 … [Read more...]


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. This year, #Giving Tuesday falls on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to take action to improve their communities, giving back in better, smarter ways to the charities and … [Read more...]

Snowbelt Brewing Co. donation beer to benefit the Otsego County Community Foundation in November.

Did you know drinking beer can benefit your community? You didn't? It's as easy as visiting Snowbelt Brewing Company throughout the month of November and ordering their popular Downtown Pumpkin Brown beer. Snowbelt will be donating $1.00 of every pint sold to the Otsego County Community Foundation. “Since we opened Snowbelt Brewing Company, we have had the philosophy to support the community that … [Read more...]

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 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...]