Advisory Board at Work!

The Advisory Board of the New Ulm Area Foundation met on Monday March 20, 2017 at the conference center at Citizen's Bank.  The subject: What will the Foundation do in the next 3-5 years to pave the way for the next 30 years. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the New Ulm Area Foundation.  Founded by Henry Somsen in 1987 the Foundation continues to grow its endowments funds using the earnings to make grants in the areas of art, education, economic development and historic preservation. Tom Hayes, Jeff Braegelman, Pat Herzog, Mike Boyle, Rick Jensen, Bob Wise, Eric Bode and Nancy Quam. Front row: Lauri Stark, Julie Baumgartner & Jeff Gulden. Absent were Bruce Fenske & Deb Dove.

By | 2017-03-23T16:22:21+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Ulm 2020 Steering Committee Sorts out the Survey

 Members of the New Ulm 2020 Steering Committee have been organizing information from the survey they have sent out to the New Ulm Community.  This information will be the basis for the Community Visioning Conference on November 2 & 3 at the New Ulm Event Center.  This event is free to the public and you are encouraged to register by calling the Chamber at 507-233-4300 or EMAIL is advised that attendees come on both days for the maximum advantage.  This event is sponsored by the New Ulm Area Foundation, New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, New Ulm Medical Center, City of New Ulm, New Ulm Young Professionals, ISD 88, United Way of Brown County and the Heart of New Ulm. Members of the steering committee here are Audra Shaneman, Carisa Buegler, Donna Lambrecht, Jeff Bertrang and Eric Bode.  Rachael Smith, Cindy Winters, Les Schultz and Nancy Quam are also members of this committee.    

By | 2017-02-24T17:32:41+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

2016 Fall Grants

Grants Awarded from the New Ulm Area Foundation Fund                New Ulm Ministerial Association Shelter                   Life Skills Training for Homeless Single Mothers  4,000 Martin Luther College Summit Avenue Music Series at MLC 2,000 Grants Awarded from the Nu-Telecom, Inc. Fund New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce Network New Ulm Trip for Business Day at the Capitol 1,500 Knights of Columbus                Historical Road Signage for St. Joseph Catholic Church                   2,000 New Ulm Convention & Visitors Bureau Repainting welcome sign on Burdick elevator 2,000 Hanska Community Library New patron computer for library 1,000 Junior Achievement - New Ulm JA BizTown with enhancement initiatives 2,200 

By | 2016-10-03T22:22:42+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

2016 Spring Grants Announced

Bob Wise, Chairman of the Grants Committee, announced the following grants for the spring grants cycle. Bavarian Blast   $2,500 New Ulm Film Society $2,000 New Ulm Hockey Association $1,300 Milford Town Hall $5,000 in 2016 and $5,000 2017 Herman Monument Society $5,000 The Lind House $1,000 Turner Hall $1,000 Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth   $750 City of Hanska   $1,000 PROkinship for Kids   $3,000 New Ulm American Legion $800 New Ulm Battery $2,000 Brown County Historical Museum $4,000 and $4,000 in 2017 State Street Theater $1,000 Wanda Gag Sculpture Committee $5,000 Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club $500 Applications for the fall grant cycle are due August 15, 2016.  See grant application page for guidelines and rules.  

By | 2016-08-03T23:03:59+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s a MATCH from Bank Midwest!

Pete Guggisberg of Bank Midwest presents a check for $3,000 to Jeff Gulden, Co-Campaign chair for the "be part of the MATCH" fundraising.  Bank Midwest's check will be matched by a commitment from Mickelson Media to match up to $250,000 raised by the end of 2016.  

By | 2017-02-24T17:32:41+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

United Prairie becomes part of the MATCH!

Employees of United Prairie Bank presented a $6,000 check to Jeff Gulden, co-campaign chair of the New Ulm Area Foundation "be part of the MATCH" campaign. UP has committed the $6,000 over the next 3 years.  These funds will be matched by the Mickelson Media challenge to raise $250,000.

By | 2017-02-24T17:32:41+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments


On January 13, 2015 the New Ulm Area Foundation celebrated their 2014 Fall Grants at a breakfast at Lola’s American Bistro. All of the organizations that received grants were represented. Everyone had a chance to learn about all of the worthwhile and fun events going on in New Ulm. The fall grants for 2014 awarded were as follows: The Irish Cultural Society of New Ulm received $1,000 for the Great Irish Fair of New Ulm 2015, District #88 received $1,750 for the artist in residence program and Junior Achievement received $2,200 for the JA Biz Town Junior Achievement program. The New Ulm Area Foundation makes grants semi annually to non-profit organizations in the community for projects that serve the focus areas of arts, education, economic development and historic preservation. Back Row: Kayla Ruch and Jaci Sprague of Junior Achievement, Karla Hensel from District #88 and Bruce Fenske and Jeff Gulden Directors of the New Ulm Area Foundation. Front Row: Mary Jane Glawe, Project Director, Tom Donnelly, Executive Director and Terry Dempsey, Executive Director for The Irish Cultural Society of New Ulm.

By | 2017-02-24T17:32:41+00:00 January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Foundation Receives Minnesota Preservation Award

The Grand Center for Arts and Culture made application to have their project considered for the annual awards from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.  As part of their application they included the names of contributors including the New Ulm Area Foundation.  They won the Minnesota Preservation Award.  As a proud contributor to this project, the Foundation also received a plaque for ..."having demonstrated exemplary commitment to the protection and preservation of Minnesota's historic resources."

By | 2017-02-24T17:32:41+00:00 September 29th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sertoma supports “be part of the MATCH” campaign

Members of Sertoma have committed a total of $920 to the New Ulm Area Foundation over the next two years. President Denise Fischer and Treasurer Ken Vonderharr presented those commitments to Foundation President Donna Lambrecht and Treasurer Pat Herzog.  Commitments to the MATCH can be made and paid for anytime prior to December 31, 2016.

By | 2014-09-29T16:13:47+00:00 September 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Life Altered” art show opens at The Grand

The Grand Center for the Arts and Culture and the New Ulm Area Foundation are collaborating to bring Patrice Abbe's art collection named "Life Altered" to the Art Center.  The show opens this Friday July 11, 2014 with a reception and meet the artist event at the 4 Pillars Gallery on the second floor of the Grand.  These works are a powerful expression of a personal loss experience. As part of this show the artist along with 3 other artists and teachers will present a workshop on Saturday July 26, 2014 10-3.  This workshop is an opportunity for attendees to use art as a healing tool or help to better understand grief.  Up to 45 people will be able to attend this event at no charge.  Anyone interested can call the Grand at 507-359-9222 to register. "When we heard Patrice's story about losing her son on the 4th of July it resonated for us with our own New Ulm losses" said Donna Lambrecht, President of the New Ulm Area Foundation.  "We couldn't help but think of artist Bobbi McCrea, her family and the many other losses suffered each year with accidents and suicide.  If we can help to understand the grief and heal, we can better create ongoing legacies in our community." "Time to Say Goodbye

By | 2017-02-24T17:32:41+00:00 July 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments