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November 12, 2019

The Bush Foundation is proud to introduce the 2019 Bush Prize for Community Innovation winners: five organizations with a track record of successful problem solving in their communities.

November 12, 2019

For us at the Bush Foundation, Bush Prize finalists come to life in the “due diligence” part of the selection process, which includes reference calls, a site visit to each finalist to meet with staff and partners, and a look at the organization’s financial picture. 

September 24, 2019

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. 

September 23, 2019

One of the hard things about applying for a Bush Fellowship is that you are writing your application for folks who don’t know you. They won’t just “get you” in the way that a friend or a family member does. The building blocks that shape our individual journeys aren’t generally visible; they don’t show up like Legos. Your written application is your opportunity to help us understand how the significant moments in your life set the course for who you are today. 

September 20, 2019

Learn more about the new members from North Dakota and South Dakota.

September 18, 2019

Within the Bush Foundation, we’ve been working for several years to operate more inclusively. We’ve been working to understand the equity implications of all we do, big and small, in our grantmaking and operations. And, we’ve been working on how we can adapt so that our policies, programs and culture work well for everyone.

September 03, 2019

Next year marks our fifth bushCONNECT, to be held on October 4-5, 2020, at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. It takes a village to create bushCON and we’re looking for the partners who will co-create the experience and make it our best ever leadership and networking event!

August 27, 2019

I will never forget. Looking me square in the eyes, visionary artist and choreographer Liz Lerman said to me, "Resist the urge to give counsel, because multiple truths exist. Questions are the product — investigative inquiry." Her simple yet powerful words moved me. Liz is right. Questions do open the mind to think bigger and differently.

August 22, 2019

Several scams are taking place on Facebook and Instagram with scammers falsely claiming to work for the Bush Foundation. We're sharing what we currently know.

July 09, 2019

Leadership is fundamentally about your effect on others. Which is why getting great at managing up (and out) is one of my very top suggestions for how to prepare yourself for future leadership roles.

July 09, 2019

We're pleased to announce new partners to help us advance art as central to problem solving in our region, as well as a new commitment to ArtPlace America.

June 21, 2019

The Bush Foundation is looking to develop investment sourcing and initial screening processes that support our emerging impact investing ideas. We are seeking local consulting support to help design and implement these processes through a request for qualifications (RFQ) process. Deadline for proposals is Monday, July 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Central.

June 11, 2019

My favorite TV series, “Diriliş: Ertuğrul,” has gotten me thinking about what we’ve lost in the shift from more collectivized communities — where people collaborated more naturally — to more individualism. The show embellishes the history of the 13th century Turkish leader, Ertuğrul Gazi, who led the nation preceding the Ottoman Empire, one of the longest-lasting civilizations. It depicts how nomadic tribes worked together to change the world in a time when empires were warring. 

As Americans sense many factions and divisions rage around us, this show, to me, provides great lessons about what can be gained, and what is possible, when people come together to work toward common collective causes. 

June 11, 2019

So far in 2019 we've awarded Community Innovation grants to organizations all across our region, at different stages in their problem-solving process. They're working on environmental concerns, domestic violence prevention, education, veterans issues and more. 

May 21, 2019

In 2008, the Bush Foundation launched an ambitious new strategy we called “Goals for a Decade.” We set three goals and developed Foundation-led initiatives to achieve them. Now, a decade has passed. While we’ve shared successes and challenges on each initiative along the way, we thought it was the right time to do an overall assessment of the strategy

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