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...]

2018 Community Grant Program awards $131,088

2018 Community Grant Program 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, Otsego County United Way, and Treetops Resort. This unique program, administered by the Otsego County Community … [Read more...]

100+ Women Making Otsego County Stronger

On a beautiful May night, 100+ Women Who Care came together at Otsego Club and Resort to learn about four nonprofit organization in Otsego County. What happened after listening to the stories helped make Otsego County a stronger place to live. The women present voted to award a $5,000 grant to Otsego County Habitat for Humanity after listening to community member Annette Wells give a speech … [Read more...]

Are you 10-19 years old? Please join us for the first 100 Youth Who Care Event.

On June 20th at noon, the Youth Advisory Committee invites you to the first 100 Youth Who Care Event at the Headwaters Room inside Jay's Sporting Goods. How do you become a member? It's easy: If you are between 10-19 years old and would like to become a member, please complete the Membership-Commitment-Form. What can you expect during the event? You will be greeted by a Youth Advisory … [Read more...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeremy Speer

     What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF? I have an interest in programs and projects that are good for the community, and have always been amazed by how this community rallies to meet needs. OCCF has done a good job of connecting those needs and helping make a maximum impact. In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does? Having a strong working … [Read more...]

Smart Donations Using your IRA

Use the following tax strategy to get more from your 2018 Required Minimum Distribution (RMDs) from your IRA account.   Under the new tax law, those taking RMDs get a tax break even without itemizing by giving to charity.  2018 marks the beginning of a new era in tax planning.  Changes in the law mean it’s less likely you will itemize your deductions, it means rethinking your strategy as it … [Read more...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Powers

      What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF? I’ve always been aware of the Otsego County Community Foundation, but I became involved when The Dharma Squad took on the project of moving the skate park to the Sportsplex. I realized that OCCF was an organization that could help and encourage a project or group. In your opinion, what is the most important work that this … [Read more...]

100+ Women Who Care: A Grantee Story

During the 2017 100+ Women Who Care event, those in attendance heard from Judi Doan with Community Mediation Services. Many of those in the room hadn't heard of this organization before and were touched by Judi's presentation. When the votes were tallied, this little-known non-profit received the $6,000 grant. How has that grant impacted the organization and lives in Otsego County? Here is just … [Read more...]

Fund Update: Otsego County Cop Fund

The law enforcement community has a special place in their hearts for children. They selflessly give their time and talents to help enrich the lives of youth through programs like Shop with a Cop, multiple school outreach programs, and community events. The Fraternal Order of the Police #175  wants to make sure that they leave a lasting impact in Otsego County and have established the Otsego … [Read more...]

Youth Philanthropy: 100 Youth Who Care

The Youth Advisory Committee of the Otsego County Community Foundation will be presenting 100 Youth Who Care on June 20th, noon, at the Headwaters Room inside Jay's Sporting Goods. This is the first year for this event in our community, run by the youth, with the youth, for the youth. The notion that philanthropy is only for adults is outdated. "Youth should be involved with philanthropy because … [Read more...]