Dreams and professional goals led Archibald “Archie” Bush out of Granite Falls, but he always remembered where he came from. After founding the Bush Foundation in 1953, he committed to giving back to the community near the 240-acre farm where he was raised. Bush Foundation grantees in Archie’s hometown have included the Yellow Medicine East School District, Granite Falls Public Library, Upper Sioux Indian Community and addiction recovery center Project Turnabout. In 2017, the Bush Foundation gave $1.8 million to the Granite Falls Area Community Foundation — $200,000 to address immediate community needs, $600,000 to fund college scholarships for area students and $1 million to establish the Archibald Bush Endowment Fund to serve the Granite Falls community into the future.
"Archie Bush’s generosity shows his fondness for his hometown and a belief that those who are successful have a responsibility to help others find ways to be successful."
Dave Smiglewski (BF’16), Granite Falls mayor
“Granite Falls is a community of family, traditions, and good and genuine people that make me burst with pride in calling this my hometown.”
Anna McCosh, Archie Bush Legacy Scholarship recipient
“Because of the close proximity and overlapping families and networks, there is a shared history and a hopeful future between the Upper Sioux Community and the town of Granite Falls.”
Teresa R. Peterson (BF’11)