Are you a college sophomore or junior pursuing a degree in science?

The OCCF manages several scholarship funds established by generous donors who want to support students furthering their education.  The Irene Angus Science Scholarship is awarded each year to a college sophomore or junior pursuing a degree in science.           "She inspired her students to be interested.  She gave us opportunities to observe and experiment…” It all started with a road … [Read more...]

Youth Needs Survey

“To provide the youth with a voice to empower the community through positive impact and growth, one grant at a time.” YAC Mission Statement  Youth Needs Survey important to the community because: Each year the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)  is entrusted with the responsibility of funding various grants to improve the lives of the youth in Otsego County. The youth of the community have a … [Read more...]

Scholarship Application available February 14th

The Otsego County Community Foundation’s scholarship program connects forward-thinking donors to deserving local students pursuing further education.  The 2018 scholarship application will be available online starting February 14th until March 15th. Students complete one application and are consider for multiple scholarships based on criteria established by each individual scholarship fund. For a … [Read more...]

Grant Seekers Information Session

  Nonprofits considering applying for a grant from the 2018 Community Grant Program are invited to a grant seekers information session, Thursday, February 8, at 11 am at the Otsego County United Way, 116 E. Fifth Street, Gaylord, MI 49735. Potential applicants will hear from Community Grant Funding Partners and will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about important details to … [Read more...]

What is your your Social Impact Personality Type?

  We all want to do good. And it’s human to want to feel good, too. Personality type matters, even when it comes to supporting community causes. Understanding your “social impact personality type” is especially important as you structure your community giving and it gives you the tools you need to maximize the good you’re doing while enriching you own life. There are three social impact … [Read more...]

Newest Endowment: Brenden Gorney Fund

        “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up” …Jimmy Valvano This quote was on Brenden Gorney’s twitter feed and gave him inspiration the last five months of his life. Brenden was a dynamic, friendly and smart 17 year old when he passed away on March 12, 2016, from a rare disease called Degos. To his families’ knowledge Brenden is the only person in the state of Michigan to be diagnosed with … [Read more...]

Let’s celebrate what happened at the OCCF in 2017

Before we look ahead to 2018, let’s reflect on all that happened in the previous 12 months. Several Otsego County Community Foundation initiatives were launched and expanded upon while a number of endowments with potential for significant impact were started in 2017. Let’s celebrate the growth of the Foundation by looking at the year in review: The Herman Lunden Memorial Fund was established to … [Read more...]

2018 Important Dates

Get out your 2018 calendar and mark these dates February 8: Grant Seekers Information Session, 11 am at the United Way Building February 12-March 15: Scholarship application live February 14-March 22: Grant applications live February 15th Organization Endowment Workshop, 10 am, University Center May 15: 100 Women Who Care, 6 pm location … [Read more...]

Connecting people who care to the causes that matter

Otsego County is known for its generous business community.  Everywhere you look local businesses sponsor events, support initiatives and simply give back. Often times businesses want to give, but lack the connection to causes.  More and more businesses are turning to the Otsego County Community Foundation to find out how they can be most impactful with their charitable goals. "We work closely … [Read more...]

How did your generosity impact the community?

Learn how your investment into the Community Fund is touching lives with these six compelling stories. Grantee: The Rufuge of Otsego County Program: The Refuge Homeless and cold...where do you go? The Refuge of Otsego County offers the adult homeless guests a warm, safe overnight shelter, a warm meal and compassion.  Within the walls they offer peace. Within that peace lies hope. This … [Read more...]