The Bush Foundation

Bush Foundation at 60

In 2013, we helped the Bush Foundation celebrate its 60th anniversary with a deep dive into the history of one of Minnesota’s most respected charitable institutions.

In preparation for a “family reunion” of former Bush Fellows, we interviewed more than 100 fascinating artists, politicians, physicians, tribal leaders, deep thinkers and do-gooders, all of whom have benefited from the nearly $1 billion the Bush Foundation has invested around the region since 1953.

We shared many of their stories in this custom publication –designed by Brian Donahue–created especially for the Bush Foundation’s event in November 2013; others appear in these two mini-documentaries produced by Chuck Olsen and the crack team at VidTiger.


The Beginnings of the Bush Foundation

Our own Nick Coleman (Bush Fellow, ’11) makes a cameo appearance in this short history about Archibald and Edyth Bush, the colorful couple behind the Bush Foundation.

Great Ideas and the People Who Power Them

We had a great time interviewing the Bush Fellows in this inspiring video, including Arne Carlson, J.R. LaPlante, Dr. Helen Kim, Karla Kinstler Bloem, David Jal, Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy.

b Magazine

In 2014, we partnered with the Bush Foundation once again to help them transform a standard annual report into a striking new alumni magazine.  “b Magazine,” also designed by art director ace Brian Donahue, highlights the work of Bush Fellows and other innovative partners around the region. You can click the cover to read the whole enchilada, or check out the links below for a sampling of features.

The Buzz

What’s what, who’s who and what’s new with some of the Bush Foundation’s more than 2,000 fellows and friends.

Great Green Ideas

Growing a more sustainable food culture is a vision with deep roots among a generation of Bush Fellows and nonprofit partners.

The Ones Who Got Away

With her “We Are All Criminals” project, Bush Fellow Emily Baxter hopes to foster empathy and second chances for the one in four Americans with a criminal record.

Native Nation-Building

Bush Fellows like White Earth Tribal Chief Erma Vizenor are on the forefront of a tribal movement toward constitutional reform.