If you could be a regional catalyst to encourage thinking in new ways, how would you do it? Hugh Weber of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, recruits top-notch, creative, national and global entrepreneurs to share how their successes and failures continue to push them toward making change at the annual OTA conference. (The conference is named for the last three letters in MinnesOTA, North DakOTA and South DakOTA.) ... more
Recently the Bush Foundation’s partnership with the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Dakota Resources on a regional systems engagement pilot was mentioned in the winter 2012 Dakota Resources newsletter Connections. The commentaries by President Beth Davis and Board Chair Jon Farris explained the concepts of community development and community capitals so well, we wanted to reproduce them here for you and also provide more information about the work we’re doing in partnership with these two organizations. ... more
When the federal tax code changed sixty years ago, it opened the doors for those with wealth to establish formal charitable giving organizations. This led to the proliferation of some of the region’s largest private and community philanthropic organizations, including the Bush Foundation in 1953. ... more
Jamestown, North Dakota, played host to the third Bush Fellows Gathering of 2012. It was my first visit to the beautiful campus at Jamestown College. Did you know the President, Robert S. Badal, Ph.D., is a 1982 Bush Fellow? He and 17 other Bush Fellows were on hand to connect and reconnect with one another and with us, as we consider ways to tap into the work Bush Fellows, Native Nation Rebuilders and partners are conducting in their communities. ... more
I recently traveled to the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU)—home of South Dakota’s State Data Center—to hear about their efforts to make data more accessible and relevant to South Dakotans, as shared by the Center’s staff of four. ... more
About theBushFoundationOur mission is to be a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.