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What We're Learning

We are a learning organization and work to be smarter and more effective every year. We never lose sight of the reason we exist: to do the most possible good with the resources left to the community by Archibald G. Bush. Here we share the lessons we learn through our efforts, as well as the insights of our grantees and Fellows.

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Papers & Reports

The Bush Foundation launched the Native Nations Initiative in 2009 to support governance reform efforts of all 23 Native nations that share geography with Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

Bush Fellows
Papers & Reports

In 2014, the Bush Foundation made a number of changes to enhance the Bush Fellowship program’s flexibility, selectivity and visibility. 

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Our work to embed community voices more deeply in reform by building community capacity has begun to influence outcomes. In the past year we have recruited, oriented and supported the addition of 6 new individuals to participate in two key leadership and decision-making committees around reforming...

Bush Foundation office
Papers & Reports

In September 2013, the Bush Foundation and MN Partners moved into three contiguous floors of a downtown St. Paul office building.

Teacher and students
Papers & Reports

We launched the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative (TEI) in 2009, with the goal of preparing and placing 25,000 new, effective teachers within our service region by 2020. 

Papers & Reports

The Bush Foundation and a group of partners launched the InCommons initiative in 2009, with the objective of increasing the leadership and problem-solving capacity of communities.

Reflections from Bush Fellows and Grantees

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People celebrating
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Community Innovation process
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