The History of our Funding
Three named funds are part of the family of funds within the New Ulm Area Foundation: The Somsen Fund, the Macklin Fund and the Nuvera Fund. In addition, the Foundation holds a scholarship, operations and general endowment fund.
In 1987, the New Ulm Area Foundation was started with a donation from Henry Somsen, a former New Ulm attorney. He endeavored to set an example with his charitable giving and hoped to attract similar gifts from those sharing his passion for the New Ulm community and its excellent quality of life. He also started the fund to honor the memory of his wife Anne Duncan Somsen.
In 1991, Mickelson Media wanted to encourage the idea of “community funds” and made a $100,000 donation to create the Macklin Fund. This fund was meant to honor former Journal Editor, William Macklin, and foster his devotion to community service.
“We arrive at a community of our choice, being on the receiving end of those who have gone before. It is our duty to do more than simply earn a living and raise a family. It is our duty to contribute our time and energy to make improvements to what we found.” – Bill Macklin