A group of Bush staff and friends paddled in the second annual Great River Race on September 15 to raise funds and awareness for the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures program that works to reduce the academic achievement gap in the Twin Cities. While the team was far from placing first in the race, they did win the Team Spirit Award. They also raised way more than their stretch goal to support the program.... more
AGE to age: bringing the generations together is an initiative of the Northland Foundation that invites elders, adults and youth to explore generational differences and similarities. The program is designed to strengthen relationships among all ages and offer older adults and young people a chance to work together to benefit their communities. Working together, older and younger community members identify a local need and devise their own grassroots solution.... more
On a late-summer afternoon, while returning from a gathering in Rochester, MN, my colleague Mandy and I stopped to have coffee with Chris Johnson and Laura Kinkead from the Center for Courage and Renewal. We sat under a gazebo in the yard next to the historic Smith Douglas House, which now houses a Dunn Brothers. It was, to say the least, a picture-perfect cup of coffee. ... more
Sixteen Bush Foundation staff volunteered at Open Farms in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, on August 29, 2012. Open Farms is an organic farm that grows much of the produce used at Open Arms of Minnesota, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit that prepares and delivers nutritious food to people with chronic and progressive illness. Staff worked hard harvesting green beans and kale, weeding arugula plantings, planting more kale, and preparing beds for more crops. ... 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.