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Reflecting on Goals for a Decade

We generally try to focus bMag less on the Bush Foundation itself and more on showcasing the great work of people we’ve supported throughout our region. In this issue, we’ve included a story that is squarely about us. It’s a reflection I wrote with June Noronha on our Goals for a Decade strategy, which we launched in 2008 and operated under until 2013. 

Jen Ford Reedy

"Assemble the Landscape,” displayed at the Bush Foundation
Artist: Roger Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts (2013 Bush Prize Winner), photo by Bruce Silcox

"Assemble the Landscape,” displayed at the Bush Foundation
Artist: Roger Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts (2013 Bush Prize Winner), photo by Bruce Silcox

Those of you who have been watching the Bush Foundation for a while know that Goals for a Decade was a huge strategic shift for us. It was a disruption for us and a disruption for many others who had come to count on Bush Foundation funding for their issue or their organization.

Overall, our experience with Goals for a Decade was mixed. We had some successes and some things that didn’t go as we had hoped. It made us wrestle with big questions about impact and our role in the region. We’ve incorporated the lessons of our experience into the way we operate today. We think we are stronger because of it.

And — we’ve also included lots and lots of stories showcasing the great work of people we’ve supported throughout the region. I hope you will find them as inspiring as we do! 

Jen Ford Reedy, president