Gundlach fund provides $4,600 to local organizations

HANCOCK – Since 2007, the Herman Gundlach Fund has been granting money to organizations throughout the Copper Country on a semi-yearly basis.

Administered by the Keweenaw Community Foundation, the money goes to organizations the late Herman Gundlach would have wanted to support, which includes places such as The Salvation Army and Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, both of which received $400 this year.

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Development Director Mark Cinelli said the money will be going toward supporting its program and the general costs of running it. Cinelli said he’s very happy to receive the money.

“It’s always welcome,” Cinelli said. “We and any other organization that receives money are always grateful.”

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter is also receiving $500. The shelter has been around since 1980 and depends on donations and grants like this one to continue running.

The shelter was purchased by Herman Gundlach in 1983 in memory of his wife, Barbara Kettle Gundlach, who was an advocate of preventing violence against women.

Keweenaw Community Foundation Executive Director Barb Rose said Gundlach was mindful to care for children in the community and people who are in need.

“This is Herman being generous now and forever,” Rose said in reference to the fund. “And (the fund) will stay here forever.”

According to Rose, the fund is unique in that the principal can be used when needed, not just the interest. The fund was turned over to the KCF because of the ramifications of running a foundation.

“We take care of all of that,” Rose said. “(The Gundlach family) are really only connected to it in terms of being sure that the people being gifted the money are the ones that Herman Gundlach wanted.”

She added that Herman was a guy who went around and got everyone else to give.

“He encouraged people to stand up in their community and do things,” Rose said.

The organizations receiving the money are in need of financial support, Rose said.

Gundlach received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Harvard University in 1935. He died in 2005 at the age of 92.