When asked what leaders need to more effectively lead change, the number one answer they gave us is more opportunities to connect with one another.

The events below are opportunities to do just that. Build and strengthen your connections with leaders across various networks in our region. Be inspired to think bigger and think differently about what's possible in your community. Equip yourself with new skills, tools and knowledge to more effecitvely lead change.


bushCONNECT is our networking event that builds stronger and more meaningful connections among leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

Visit to learn more about the event and what we've done in the past. 

Upcoming Events

Morning Fill Up

May 24, 2018

Rapid City, SD

May 24: Morning Fill Up with Deidre Schmidt
President and CEO of CommonBond Communities

Morning Fill Up is a series of public gatherings intended to inspire and engage members of The Garage, as well as residents around western South Dakota, to put their creative energies into action for the betterment of the entire community. Since the inception of Morning Fill Up, creators of the morning talk have sought to bring guests who can speak to timely, important issues that impact residents of the region—and people across the country. 

Visit their website for more information

Office Hours

June 06, 2018

Owatonna, MN

The Bush Foundation will partner with Otto Bremer Trust and Propel Nonprofits to kickoff our 2018 Office Hours.

Learn more about funding opportunities available for discussion.

Visit our Eventbrite for details and to register.

2018 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

June 06, 2018 to June 07, 2018

Bismarck, ND

The North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations will host the 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Conference featuring a keynote on "Healthy Nonprofits and Storytelling" by Beth Kanter and Thaler Pekar.

Learn more and register.