At the Bush Foundation, we want to enable, inspire and reward community innovation. And when it comes to community innovation, we believe process matters. We believe the process starts when people come together to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in their communities. We believe the process should be inclusive, collaborative and focused on making the most of community assets. We believe at its conclusion, the process will yield an innovative solution that is more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches. ... more
What’s the best way to prepare new teachers for the classroom? One idea is to increase the time teacher candidates spend in P-12 classrooms during their training—moving from as little as several weeks to a full year of classroom experience. ... more
The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation team is excited to announce that we’re partnering with three organizations to create a small grants program that will provide flexible, responsive grant dollars to organizations working to create and implement great ideas that make their communities better. ... more
Lately, when I look out on the Mighty Mississippi from the Bush Foundation’s new office in the U.S. Bank Center in downtown Saint Paul, all I can think of is New Orleans. That’s partly because my communications colleagues and I were just there last week for the Fall 2013 Communications Network Conference. And partly because I grew up in the south and long to be in a city where people don’t look at you funny when you ask for grits. ... more
TheBushFoundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.