Ottawa County Community Foundation

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History and Mission


"To serve as a mechanism for charitable giving and enrich the community by assessing and supporting local needs."

Foundation History

The Ottawa County Community Foundation was established in 1999 as a public Charitable organization under the Toledo Community Foundation.* It began with a $5,000 grant from the Harry B. Stensen Foundation and was created by the citizens of our community to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Ottawa County area.

Today, the funds which have been established through the Foundation provide: annual grants that support a variety of programs in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environment, natural resources and the arts; scholarship that support educational opportunities for worthy students as outlined by the fund donor; organization funds that provide a stream of income for organizational needs; and donor directed giving that provides the donor the freedom to direct their philanthropy as they choose.

 The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Ottawa County area through collaborative leadership, responsible grant making and development of philanthropic giving. The Foundation manages donor designated funds, scholarships, field of interest and designated funds. Grants are awarded annually to a wide variety of programs including civic affairs, capacity building for nonprofit organizations, prevention and remediation, and efforts that address problems to be solved or opportunities to be seized in Ottawa County.

We are confident the Foundation will continue to be a valuable source of support to Ottawa County's non-profit organizations and students.

 *Affiliation with Toledo Community Foundation offers our small community foundation the ability to build assets and make grants while taking advantage of Toledo Community Foundation’s stability, structure and oversight. We also recognize significant cost savings on administrative and investment services.