In 2010, the Bush Foundation challenged 14 teacher preparation programs in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to join the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT). The first three years of this partnership have been filled with planning, trial and error and much success, and it is exciting to be coming to a point in the project where we are able to see results. Our preparation programs have been changed—we approach the recruiting of ... more
For much of the Foundation’s existence it has been involved in supporting individuals in improving themselves and, by extension, their communities. In 1965, the Bush Leadership Fellows Program (BLF) grew out of founder Archibald Bush’s observation that if he’d had a mid-career opportunity to strengthen his skills and refocus, he could have been a more effective leader in the later part of his career. Since then, the Foundation's leadership development programs have evolved to include medical and artist Fellows. ... more
For more than a year, I have been a part of a group of Lakeville, MN leaders—business owners, clergy, nonprofit leaders, elected officials and others—working with 360 Communities to think differently about how our community meets its most public needs. Above all, we’re focused on finding new ways to deliver early childhood education so that our community’s programs and services are reaching more children and getting better outcomes. ... 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.