We focus on Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
Opportunities for organizations Opportunities for people
Meet the 24 visionary individuals selected from our region to receive a 2019 Bush Fellowship.
Apply to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Deadline April 2, 2019.
Accepting applications for 2019 Bush Prize for Community Innovation until April 11 at noon Central.
President Jen Ford Reedy shares her thoughts how you can get the most out of applying for a Bush Fellowship.
RFP | Community Creativity Cohort 2 Operating Partner
Proposal deadline April 11, 2019
RFP | Creative Community Leadership Institute
Meet the 2018 Bush Prize winners, six extraordinary organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving.
Read about how we invest in the Native nations and people in our region across all of our programs.
Minneapolis, MN — Siad Ali is passionate about creating a community where every student succeeds. His dedication to education grew out of his own journey from war-torn Somalia to Minnesota.
Minneapolis, MN — Heather Cusick learned first-hand the stabilizing force of nature when her struggling family moved to a 100-acre farm in rural Kansas. There, she found that the land had the power to heal.
St. Louis Park, MN — Kate Davenport believes we can design waste out of our systems of production and consumption in a way that addresses climate change, local economic development and social and environmental justice.
Richfield, MN — Norma C. Garcés dreams of an educational system in Minnesota where Latinx students see themselves in their teachers, learning is relevant to their experiences and dreams, and they are safe to express themselves and their culture.
Oakdale, MN — Maisha Giles wants to pioneer new strategies to cultivate black female leaders in the public sector.
Fort Yates, ND — Jana Gipp (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) is driven by the health of her community.
Duluth, MN — Miigis Gonzalez (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) believes that Indigenous culture is at the root of wellness.
Granite Falls, MN — Ashley Hanson has a bold vision: To use the arts to build healthy, thriving rural areas throughout Minnesota and beyond.
Saint Paul, MN — Austen Hartke wants more faith communities to be safe and inclusive places for LGBTQ people.
St. Cloud, MN — Hudda Ibrahim is not afraid to tackle big issues. In her home community of St. Cloud, she helps employers attract and retain immigrant and refugee employees. She also coaches and connects immigrant women to local employers.
Moorhead, MN — Jeannie Krull intends to bring life-changing assistive technology to people with disabilities throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and the Native nations that share the same geography.
Golden Valley, MN — Rose McGee knows that food connects. As the creator of the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie™ Approach, she has taken pies to Ferguson, Charleston and Pittsburgh following devastating incidents of racial and religious violence.
Fort Yates, ND — Joseph McNeil (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) is focused on building possibility for the children of his Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Minneapolis, MN — Nawal Noor knows it is possible to create social enterprise businesses that effectively address economic disparities.
Black Hawk, SD — Sarah Pierce (Oglala Lakota) wants Rapid City to become the model of a culturally responsive city.
Richfield, MN — Maria Regan Gonzalez believes that collaborative leadership creates room for more voices in decision making.
Bloomington, MN — Tony Sanneh likes to find solutions to big problems. As the founder of the Sanneh Foundation, he transformed a closing community center into a safe and vital place for youth development in Saint Paul's East Side.
Waite Park, MN — Amie Schumacher believes that faith and science, working together, can break the silence, shame and generational cycle of childhood trauma.
Sioux Falls, SD — Michaela Seiber (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) wants South Dakota to be a more welcoming, supportive place for LGBTQ people.
Plymouth, MN — Alex West Steinman has a bold mission to increase economic access, resources and opportunities for women. She believes that prosperity begins with the economic empowerment of women and non-binary individuals.
Eagan, MN — Bo Thao-Urabe wants Minnesota to be an inclusive, thriving place for all communities.
White Bear Lake, MN — Ia Xiong is passionate about addressing multicultural considerations in trauma-informed care.
Woodbury, MN — Tou Ger Xiong is called to a life of public service and social justice activism.
Saint Paul, MN — KaYing Yang believes that her community’s prosperity and collective well-being will be maximized only when there is true gender equity.
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