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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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Bush Prize Case Study
Destination Rapid City
Bush Prize Case Study

Destination Rapid City (DRC) has transformed downtown Rapid City into a thriving business district that is rich in appeal for residents and visitors alike.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership
Bush Prize Case Study

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) working with The Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative (SMWI), has prevented 94 million gallons of untreated sewage from entering the state’s rivers and streams over the past decade. The SMWI project is a partnership between CRWP, the Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Face It Together Sioux Falls
Bush Prize Case Study

Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls has a revolutionary, highly collaborative, community-based approach to helping people with drug and alcohol addiction get well.

Community of Care
Bush Prize Case Study

Providing the services and resources so that rural, older residents can “age in place”—a practice that is more cost-effective than assisted living or long term care facilities—has been at the heart of Community of Care's (CoC) work for the past decade.

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Our work on this initiative also underscored the importance of relationships to effecting change, and relationships take time to build.

Reflections from Bush Fellows and Grantees

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