What We Do

We invest in great ideas and the people who power them.

Archibald and Edyth Bush established the Foundation in 1953. Since its founding, we have supported organizations and people who think bigger and think differently about solutions to problems in their communities through grants and strategic investments. Learn about our history.

We work to build a region that's better for everyone.

Our investments are based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. We work to inspire and support creative problem solving — within and across sectors — to make our region better for everyone.

Our Focus Areas
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Community Innovation

We invest in problem solvers who tackle complex issues in their communities.

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We invest in efforts to inspire, equip and connect people to become more effective leaders in their community.


We currently have four strategic initiatives — Community Creativity, Education, Native Nation Building and Government Redesign, and Social Business Ventures. Our investments in these initiatives focus on the people and priorities that we believe will impact and advance our goals.

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We share stories of the leaders and organizations in which we invest, to inspire people. We create and support events to connect and equip people. We use communications and events to amplify our collective impact.