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.

Henry & Anne SomsenSomsen 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.

Bill MacklinMacklin Fund

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

SONY DSCNuvera Fund

In 2012, Nuvera, formerly NU-Telecom, reached its goal of donating $100,000 to create its own “named fund.”  Nuvera has been a long-standing community partner.  This endowment fund will allow their commitment to continue into infinity.