Opportunities for People

We invest in the leadership capacity of people in our region who work on issues that are important to their communities and key to advancing work in our focus areas.

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We want to know what types of leadership experiences have been most impactful for you, and what you wish existed. Take a moment to let us know! (You could also win the opportunity to direct a $500 grant to the nonprofit in our region!)

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The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of your accomplishments and support for your potential. It is an investment in you, so that you can make a difference in your community.

Support Includes:

Up to $100,000


Accepting applications for 2020 Bush Fellows this fall.

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Scholarships for people from our region to attend select national conferences and events.

Support Includes:

Registration, meals, hotel, and travel to and from the event.

Change Networks Program

A cohort-style program designed for people who have the desire and potential to make positive changes where they work. 

SUPPORT INCLUDES: Up to $5,000 and mentorship

STATUS: Accepting applications for North Dakota and South Dakota Change Networks April 1 - May 31, 2019.

Native Nations Rebuilders

A cohort-based leadership experience for enrolled members of the 23 Native nations in our region to develop the knowledge, skills and connections needed to effectively lead nation building efforts in their communities.

SUPPORT INCLUDES: Participation in Rebuilder sessions

STATUS: Visit Native Governance Center for application information.


Initiators Fellowship

This program equips early stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform their ideas into scalable, sustainable ventures that diversify and enrich Greater Minnesota. Application materials will be available at noon Central on May 15 through 11:59 p.m. on July 15.

Finnovation Fellowship

This nine-month program supports early-stage social entrepreneurs who have bold ideas for sustainable, systems-level change. Deadline for cohort two was May 15th, 2019.

Office Hours

Our staff travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area to meet with people in our region and discuss potential opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Opportunities to build and strengthen connections with leaders across different networks in our region.

Careers at the Bush Foundation

Open positions at the Bush Foundation and links to other job boards in the field of philanthropy.