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

May 21, 2019

Welcome to our sixth issue of bMag! This issue is full of stories about the people and ideas powering change across our region. We hope these stories make you feel good, but they aren’t “feel good” stories. What we really want is to inspire you to dream bigger about what’s possible for yourself and your communities.

April 23, 2019

Meet our newly elected board chair and two new board members.

April 23, 2019

On this occasion of announcing our new board members, I wanted to highlight how seriously we take board member recruitment.

April 01, 2019

Change Networks are unique learning experiences for people who want to build the skills and connections that will help them become more effective leaders. Learn more and apply to be part of the 2019 North Dakota or South Dakota cohorts.

March 19, 2019

We are excited to celebrate the 2019 Bush Fellows and the hundreds of others who took the chance to deepen their leadership vision by applying for the Fellowship. We are often asked what makes it clear that someone is a Bush Fellow — why was this group of 24 selected out of all of the applicants? The answer lies in the power of applicants' perspectives and reflections.

2019 Bush Fellows
March 19, 2019

Introducing the 2019 Bush Fellows, 24 visionary leaders who are thinking big about how to invest in their leadership to creatively solve problems in their communities.

March 18, 2019

Of all the things I love about my job, the most joyful is getting to talk to Bush Fellowship finalists when they come to our office for their final interviews. I love talking to people about their aspirations for making our region better for everyone. And I love talking to people about how the process of applying to be a Bush Fellow has helped them understand what they need to be the leader they want to be.

March 08, 2019

Request for proposals for an operating partner to manage the implementation of the Community Creativity Cohort 2 program from 2019 - 2021. The operating partner will be responsible for supporting grantees, coordinating capacity building supports, building a peer network among members of the cohort, planning and executing annual all-cohort convenings, and managing communication with grantees.

March 08, 2019

Request for proposals from nonprofit organizations to assume responsibility for the Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI). This will include providing training on the integration of art and culture into community problem solving based on the existing CCLI model for approximately nine cohorts of 20-25 people (an average of three cohorts per year) for at least the next three years and building a network of past and future alumni.

March 05, 2019

The Bush Prize celebrates organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving. Check out tips from our staff on what we're looking for in a Bush Prize winner.

February 11, 2019

In the TV show The Good Place, all humans on Earth are judged with a point system: you get points for doing good deeds and lose points when you do something bad. 

December 11, 2018

Learn more about the organizations awarded Community Innovation grants in 2018.