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

Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

The staff are incredibly responsive and available, but it can be a challenge sometimes to figure out what will resonate.

Pros

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

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Response from Bush Foundation

Jul 26, 2017

Thanks for your feedback.

Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

There are a lot of applicants because the guidelines can be broad and vague. The staff is responsive and offers feedback, but working with them can be frustrating since they have so much going on.

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Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

Bush is a notoriously fickle funder, with constantly changing priorities. They seem prone to staff in-fighting and lack a clear direction. If you get lucky with them, great, but they can like what you're doing one year and then couldn't care less the next.

Pros

Reasonable reporting terms


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Unclear objectives, Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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Jun 15, 2016 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

very few organizations get grants from this funder. It will be extremely competitive and you are likely to spend time preparing an application that won't get funded. BUT...if you get it, you'll get a lot of money.

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Program officer was helpful, Funding equaled requested amount

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Jun 15, 2016 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

They talk a good line, but they are so completely unresponsive to what people are saying to them. They know it all, they knew it first, and they know more than any "constituent" will ever know. Despite all their talk to the opposite. I am not a bitter non-funded org - I have actually gotten funding a number of times, and I still hate dealing with them.

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Not worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

The application was easy and straight to the point. The questions were easy to understand and the since they limit the word count on your response it's easy to keep you responses short and sweet.

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Worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

They are very specific in what they are looking for.

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Worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Unless you have a good connection with someone on staff who's given you the green light, it's probably not worth your time.

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Unclear objectives

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Jun 15, 2016

Other

They're a great organization and I highly recommend working with them.

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Jun 15, 2016 2

Other

They mean well, but they don't really fund nonprofits for their work or mission they fund their own status and you need to align with them in a way that will raise their stature. However, their work with Native communities has much to be applauded for.

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Narrow guidelines, Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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