The Bush Foundation and the Meadowlark Institute partnered to offer small grants for communities, organizations and institutions to engage people in conversations around an issue, opportunity or project that is important to them or their communities. To date, over 100 grassroots organizations took advantage of these funds to host participatory community c... more
As part of the Bush Foundation’s cross-function learning efforts, I joined the Educational Achievement Team on their April 8 site visit to the University of Minnesota, where we met with a most impressive team. The UMN is one of 14 partners working to improve their teacher training program as part of the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT). The team included College of Education and Human Development leaders plus key community partners. ... more
The Worthington Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a community conversation in partnership with the Bush Foundation and Twin Cities Public Television’s Redesigning MN documentary series to begin exploring our community’s ongoing battle with “generational shift.” That is, Worthington is seeing a boom in retirements among bus... more
In 2010, the Bush Foundation challenged 14 teacher preparation programs in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to join the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT). The first three years of this partnership have been filled with planning, trial and error and much success, and it is exciting to be coming to a point in the project where we are able to see results. Our preparation programs have been changed—we approach the recruiting of ... more
About theBushFoundationOur mission is to be a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.