Winter is the time for storytelling. And in the past few months I’ve had two opportunities to participate as both a storyteller and receiver—one in a Harvard classroom and the other among the newly elected tribal leaders of the 23 Native nations the Foundation serves.... more
Many careers of the future will concentrate in or build upon knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our education system does not by itself possess the full resources and expertise needed for students to acquire the passion, knowledge and mentoring necessary to establish these careers.... more
The Bush Foundation and the Meadowlark Institute partnered to offer small grants for communities, organizations and institutions to engage people in conversations around an issue, opportunity or project that is important to them or their communities. ... more
Minnesota’s Somali community is one of the latest waves of immigrants who have arrived in the state. In the 15 years since a majority of the Somali population arrived here, these ambitious and hardworking people have embraced education and entrepreneurship, and have rejuvenated old and neglected commercial buildings in the Twin Cities and other neighborhoods. They now manage over 600 businesses (convenience stores, coffee shops, gas stations, daycares, insurance offices, strip malls, charter schools, etc.). Even with all of these accomplishments, some Somali feel disconnected from the society in which they live. ... 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.