The Bush Foundation dedicates a limited amount of funds every year to sponsor select events that inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and think differently about what's possible in their communities and to lead more effectively.
We award up to $50,000 to select events that fall into one of the following categories:
- Events that bring together a wide variety of people across sectors, geographies and cultural communities to experience engaging programming and discussions that inspire, equip or connect them to more effectively lead change. (Examples: TEDx events, etc.)
- Events that strengthen foundation and nonprofit networks in the region. (Examples: Minnesota Council on Foundations events, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits events, etc.)
- Events that advance the Bush Foundation's strategic initiatives, particularly those that build capacity and momentum toward our specific goals. We are currently focused on four areas, and we may fund events related to our work in:
The Foundation generally does not sponsor issue-specific events that are not related to our four strategic initiatives named above. We generally do not sponsor fundraisers.