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Requests for Proposals

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

Current Requests


**We are still accepting proposals for these RFPs, and do not anticipate our timing or processes to be changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.**

Request for Proposals: Supporting leaders responsible for tribal financial systems

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.

The leadership program should:

  • Inspire more people to improve tribal financial systems and help them think bigger and think differently about the impact they can have. 
  • Equip people with the skills and resources they need to effectively improve tribal financial systems.
  • Connect and strengthen networks of people to support each other in improving tribal financial systems.

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.

Download the RFP (PDF) for details.

Submit your proposal (no more than ten pages) with contact information and Vendor Demographic Form (PDF) by email to Eileen Briggs at by end of day Thursday, April 16, 2020.

If you have any questions, contact Eileen Briggs at 651-379-2253 or


Request for Information: Search and Recruitment Partner

We're developing 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

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 RFP (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