Bush Foundation

Location: 101 Fifth Street East, St Paul, 55101 MN

EIN: 41-6017815

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Top descriptors for this funder

8Worth the time to pitch7Culturally sensitive7Positive leader in the field6Openminded5Risk taker4Builds relationships4Friendly4Responsive4Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field3Bureaucratic3"Gets" nonprofits and issues3Gives more than money

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Bush Foundation

Aug 28, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Contact staff ahead of time. They will be honest and open with you about your idea. They have not been great in my experience for ongoing support for programs or gen op, but they are pretty good about having accurate guidelines available and supporting projects that are a fit.

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Culturally sensitive, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Bush Foundation

Aug 28, 2017

Thanks for your review!

Aug 23, 2017

Reviewer 836 - Professional in the field

I have always found the Bush Foundation to be incredibly approachable. They have a great staff who are willing to have conversations through out the application process.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Bush Foundation

Aug 23, 2017

Thank you! We appreciate the positivity and we're grateful to know about your experience.

Jul 18, 2017 1

Reviewer 625 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Bush Foundation really knows what it is doing and is VERY thorough indeed. Impressed by their understanding of non-profits and the work the Foundation does.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

Thank you!

Jun 23, 2017 2

Reviewer 827 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The Community Innovation grant program is NOT a great way to try to secure funds for your existing work - either general operating or program. No matter how skilled you are at making your existing work look like the hottest new thing, they'll see through it. They're really looking to fund new ideas that are shared by multiple groups within a community. If you're serious about this grant opportunity, get ready to split the grant amount with at least one another nonprofit/group.

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Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Openminded

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

True, we are looking for applicants who collaborate and innovate in order to solve problems in their community. We hope grant-seekers will set up an inquiry call with our staff to find out if their program/idea is a good fit for this grant before applying. Learn more about our Community Innovation program and how to set up an inquiry call that works with your schedule on our website: https://www.bushfoundation.org/grants/community-innovation-grants

Jun 15, 2017 3

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

Bush is very much into their jargon and logic-models. They play favorites and tend to be more supportive of organizations they like rather than taking a consistent view of program quality or effectiveness.

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Culturally sensitive

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

Thanks for your feedback.
In 2017 we set a strategic goal to simplify our language and make it accessible, relevant and consistent. This is a work-in-progress and we hope it will clarify our funding opportunities even more.
In 2016 we launched a Grantee Database to share the grants we award and the range of grantees who receive them: https://www.bushfoundation.org/grantees
We’re always trying to expand our audience and reach new potential grantees. Feel free to contact us if you’d like more information about opportunities we offer: https://www.bushfoundation.org/contact-us

Jan 24, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

They try hard to be open and accountable but in all their efforts, their decisionmaking still seems very opaque.

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Reasonable character restrictions, Culturally sensitive

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

Thank you for the feedback.

Jun 28, 2016 9

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

...it was really hard to navigate the process.

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

We’re sorry to hear you felt this way. Please contact us with any questions about process or if there is anything you find difficult to navigate. You’ll find contact information on the staff listing on our website, direct email addresses for each program team on the programs web page, or you can always submit a question on our contact form: https://www.bushfoundation.org/contact-us

Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

It feels a bit overwhelming, but I like their ideology and direction. I hope they recognize the potential of smaller and newer organizations.

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Worth the time to pitch

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

Thanks!

Jun 15, 2016 4

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

they aren't willing to "take risks" on small community based organizations led by people of color.

Cons

Unclear objectives

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

Check out b Magazine or our Grantee Database to get a better idea of the people and ideas we fund.
http://bmag.bushfoundation.org/
https://www.bushfoundation.org/grantees

Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

their new funding guidelines are amazing and they are supporting really valuable projects.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch, Multiyear funding, Positive leader in the field

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

Thank you!

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