Bush Foundation

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

EIN: 41-6017815

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8Worth the time to pitch7Culturally sensitive7Positive leader in the field6Openminded5Risk taker4Builds relationships4Friendly4Responsive4Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field3Bureaucratic3Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues3"Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Bush Foundation

Jun 15, 2016 2


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.


Narrow guidelines, Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

Their vision, goals and intentions are very commendable. However, their grantmaking process over the past few years seems extravagant and pulls many organizations (that are already strapped for time/resources) into the trap of spending a ton of energy applying for something they'll never get. The funder's RFPs usually allow little turnaround time and call for projects that are transformational in nature, making it difficult to corral the resources and staff needed to conceive of a huge innovation that could actually be executed if funded. The mobilization of lots of resources and staff, usually for no return, results in staff members falling behind on the real work they need to do to achieve their organization's mission.


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

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