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What We Do

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

Archibald and Edyth Bush established the Bush Foundation in 1953. Since then, we have made grants and investments to support organizations and people who think bigger and think differently about solutions to problems in their communities. Learn about our history.

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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.

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Our Focus Areas

Speaking with people

ND + SD Activities Manager Elli Haerter, photo by Ben Gumeringer Photography.

Community Innovation

We invest in organizations that are solving problems in their communities.

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2018 Bush Fellow Erik Bringswhite, photo by Jeff Achen.

Leadership

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

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Education Portfolio Director Jackie Statum Allen, photo by Jeff Achen.

Strategic Initiatives

While we support organizations and individuals working on lots of different issues, we have a particular commitment to spreading four great ideas.

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bushCONNECT attendees, photo by RjL Photography. 

Communications & Events

We share inspiring stories of the people and organizations in which we invest. We produce and support events to connect and meaningfully engage people. We use communications and events to amplify the impact of our investments and our grantees.

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