Archibald Bush Legacy Grant

Archibald Bush was deeply committed to the city of Saint Paul. Archie and his wife Edyth established the Bush Foundation in 1953. Following Archie’s death, Edyth Bush relocated to Winter Park, Florida where she established the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.

As a tribute to Archie Bush, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation pledged $100,000 to support a nonprofit organization that embodied Archie's legacy of working to strengthen the civic, social and/or cultural vitality of Saint Paul. The Bush Foundation matched the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation's contribution. Taken together, these gifts funded a one-time grant of $200,000.

Learn more about Archie and Edyth.

Archie & Edyth: The Beginnings of the Bush Foundation

Grant Recipient and Finalists

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and the Bush Foundation are pleased to select Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative as the recipient of the Archibald Bush Legacy Grant. The Archibald Bush Legacy Grant was a one-time grant of $200,000 to support a 501c3 nonprofit public charity that embodies Archie Bush’s legacy of working to strengthen the civic, social and/or cultural vitality of Saint Paul.

We are also pleased to announce grants of $20,000 to each of the finalists for their commitment to Archie’s legacy. The finalists include: Cycles for Change, Penumbra Theatre Company, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services.


Former Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman worked with the Foundation to review the nominations and select five finalists. The finalists were then asked how they would use the grant money in a way that would be a fitting tribute to Archibald’s commitment to Saint Paul. The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation then reviewed the five finalist organizations and their responses to determine the grant recipient.