Addressing racial wealth gaps

Our Commitment

Requests for Proposals

We regularly do open calls for proposals (RFP) or qualifications (RFI) to find partners who will help us do our work.  

Current Requests

Request for Information: Search and Recruitment Partner

We maintain a list of potential search and recruitment partners.

Our goal is to expand our network and offer potential partners the chance to understand our priorities and goals ahead of a specific request for a proposal. Because the need for a specific search usually occurs unexpectedly and with some urgency, we hope that doing some pre-work will help us build a broader network of search partners with diverse expertise and interests.

We plan to go to this list when a vacancy occurs and identify partners who are well suited to the specific search so that we can have more specific conversations about capacity, timing and contract terms.

Download the RFI (PDF) for instructions and if you wish to be added to our list.

Responses can be sent to or to Attn: Talent Development, Bush Foundation, 101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400, Saint Paul, MN 55101.

We will add partners to this list as they come in.

Recently Closed Requests

The Bush Foundation is seeking four partners to each operate two grant programs to distribute Bush Foundation funding. These partners will help us get funding to more communities and organizations to inspire and support creative problem solving to make our region better for everyone. Our grant program partners will design and operate a grantmaking program consistent with the spirit and intent of the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation grant program. They will also co-own and operate the Bush Prize program. Applicants should have experience in the creation, design and execution of a grantmaking program, and with community-based selection processes.

Download the Request for Proposals for other details and application instructions.

Responses were due through our web portal by noon Central Time on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

We are seeking a local institution to provide business banking services including regular checking, short term investment options and related support services. The Bush Foundation has an impact investing strategy designed to utilize our cash and investments for good, and we are looking for a relationship with a bank that applies our impact investing principles. To make a positive impact on the communities we serve, institutions should be based in or have significant operations in our region. We will select a partner who embraces our commitment to equity in how it manages and staffs its business, its banking and lending products and services, and its other development work in our region.

Download the request for information (RFI) for other details and application instructions.

Responses were due May 28, 2021.

We are inviting proposals from qualified search partners to recruit and hire two Grantmaking Directors. We are looking for a partner who can demonstrate success building racially and culturally diverse candidate pools and has a track record of excellent customer service for clients and applicants.

Download the Invitation for Proposals for other details and application instructions.

Responses were due Wednesday, May 19, 2021.  

We are requesting proposals for a consulting partner to support and build skills for engaging in courageous conversations and constructive conflict, with the goal of increasing psychological safety and advancing our goals to be an equitable and anti-racist organization.

Download the Request for Proposals (PDF) for details.

Proposal deadline was February 12, 2021.

We seek a consultant partner to review classifications and compensation for our staff. We are heading towards a more integrated, less siloed way of working and are seeking expert guidance to help us as we modify current roles and create new ones.

Download the Request for Proposals (PDF) for full details.

Proposal deadline was December 11, 2020.

We seek a partner to plan and execute our annual education convening, Student Centered Learning for Equity, in 2021 and 2022. The goal of the event is to inspire, equip and connect leaders to spread student-centered learning across our region; more than 600 people registered to attend the virtual event in 2020. This annual event is important to the movement-building goals of the education initiative and we seek a partner close to this work that can serve as the primary event manager.

Download the Request for Proposals (PDF) for full details. 

Responses were due December 3, 2020.

We seek a partner to develop and implement a leadership cohort program to inspire, equip and connect tribal leaders to develop stronger tribal government financial systems. Participants may include elected officials, department heads, finance officers or others responsible for financial management and leadership, who come from or work within the 23 Native nations in our region.

As part of the project, an evaluation of the training program will need to be conducted. The Foundation is particularly interested in how the program inspires, equips and connects cohort participants.

Proposals were due April 16, 2020.

We are seeking a consultant to gather feedback on the clarity and effectiveness of our program descriptions. This work will include outreach to the feedback group, scheduling and conducting interviews, analyzing data and delivering a final report of feedback and recommendations.

Download the Request for Proposals (PDF) for project scope and timeline details.

Deadline for submissions was March 23, 2020.

We are seeking fund managers and intermediaries (entities seeking to raise capital to make investments in other organizations) that make a positive impact on place and equity in capital markets. More specifically, we are looking for fund managers and intermediaries that invest in organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, and that invest to benefit people and places not well served by traditional financial markets. 

Response deadline was January 31, 2020