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...]

What Matters to You Photo Contest

  The OCCF has been connecting people who care to what matters most for nearly 25 years.  As we look ahead we are asking: What Matters to You? We invite all residents − children, students, adults and seniors − to participate in this project by taking a photograph of a cherished person, place or structure in our community that captures What Matters to You.  Be in the photo if you … [Read more...]

Michigan Truth Tour to visit Otsego County September 12th

On behalf of Otsego County Community Foundation and the City of Gaylord, we invite you to participate in an upcoming community conversation on September 12, at 7 pm at the Gaylord City Hall. In partnership with Bridge Magazine, the nonpartisan and nonprofit winner of “Michigan’s Best Newspaper” in 2016 and 2017, we have volunteered to bring together residents of our county for an hour-long … [Read more...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Tomaski

    What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF? Over 15 years ago, Rosemary Smith asked me to be a part of a new fundraiser for the OCCF – the yet-to-be-named Extreevaganza. My dad had been a board member for my hometown’s foundation, so I had some knowledge about foundations. In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does? Managing the … [Read more...]

Awarded Grant Changed Lives

Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium received a grant from Otsego County Community Foundation of $600.00 to support their vision, and unite job seekers with employers, working toward a prosperous future. These funds were used to assist seven job seekers with the required items they needed to be successful in their new jobs. Because of the support... A single mother trying to overcome … [Read more...]

2018 Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Otsego County Community Foundation would like to recognize the following local students who received this year's scholarships. The OCCF's scholarship program connects funds from forward thinking donors to deserving local students pursuing further education. This year, we are proud to announce that the foundation awarded thirty-four scholarships, the highest in OCCF history. Congratulations on … [Read more...]

You’re invited to 100 Men Who Care

  Last August, one hundred men came together and awarded $5,000 to Gaylord Little League during the first 100 Men Who Care event. This year you are invited to the second 100 Men Who Care event on Wednesday, August 22nd, with doors opening at 7:30 am at the Headwaters Room located inside Jay’s Sporting Goods. What makes the event so special? Imagine 100 of Otsego County’s men coming … [Read more...]

YOUth Care

  On the last day of spring, over 50 youth gathered together to learn about youth philanthropy. Youth Advisory Committee President Josh Moody explained the importance of youth having a voice in the community they live in and how YAC has impacted Otsego County by funding projects that affect the youth. During the event, those in attendance heard from YAC members as they presented three … [Read more...]

Grant Milestone: $100,000 awarded from McNamara Fund

A grant to support Wings Over Northern Michigan from the Dr. Patrick J. McNamara Fund of the OCCF marks over $100,000 awarded from this legacy gift. After Gaylord’s charismatic, beloved radiologist Dr. Pat McNamara was tragically killed in a plane crash, the McNamara family chose to set up the Dr. Patrick J. McNamara Fund through the Otsego County Community Foundation. “Here is a way to … [Read more...]

Non-profit leaders chosen for leadership initiative

Three  nonprofit leaders have been selected by the Otsego County  Community Foundation to attend an eight month Leadership Learning Lab.  Facilitated by NorthSky Nonprofit Network, the Leadership Learning Lab seeks to connect and empower nonprofit leaders and give them the skills to strengthen the organizations and communities they serve. Funded by the Frey Foundation, Otsego County Community … [Read more...]