What We're Learning

We are a learning organization and work to be smarter and more effective every year. We never lose sight of the reason we exist: to do the most possible good with the resources left to the community by Archibald G. Bush. To that end, we share the lessons we learn through our efforts, as well as the insights and lessons of our grantees and Fellows. 

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We publish Learning Papers when we have lessons that we think could help others do their work better or help our community in a broader way. We want to share what we are learning as we invest in great ideas and the people that power them, 

Produced in partnership with Pollen Midwest, these case studies reflect the culture of innovation behind our Bush Prize winners. 

These Learning Logs highlight the impact of receiving a Bush Prize for winning organizations, including how the winners used the flexible funding they received as part of the Prize.

These reports highlight what Community Innovation grantees learn as they pursue solutions to community problems.

Updates and insights from Bush Fellows during their leadership journey.

This report aims to share and illustrate the ways we invest in the Native nations and people in our region across all of our programs.

Data for this report was gathered from the Bush Foundation’s internal database: grant data was available since 1970, grant payments and amounts were available since 1982, and grants were categorized by our current program areas since 2012. 

Over the course of its history the Foundation has undertaken itself and funded research in leadership, community engagements, education and the arts.