Stories about Community

Culturally relevant treatments for the Karen community
Face It TOGETHER is transforming how communities address addiction
Rural Minnesotans reevaluate how to find a new generation of leaders
Injecting new voices in philanthropy
Using human-centered design to plan a new kind of grocery store in north Minneapolis
Five questions people ask themselves before they become highly effective leaders
Get to know Bush Foundation Board Member Tracey Zephier
Alleviating social justice issues within her Muslim American community
Q & A with Makram El-Amin
Archibald Bush knew that a person’s leadership potential could not be measured by the population of their hometown
A philanthropic leader for nearly four decades, Ron McKinley dedicated time to mentor young leaders in the community
Recent Bush Fellows heeding the call for civic leadership
Commander David Kvam ensures the Maplewood Police Department’s involvement in the KCDC
Ehtaw Dwee’s personal journey to becoming the first board president of the Karen Organization of Minnesota and co-director of KCDC


Hair and makeup Amber Young

By Heid E. Erdrich (2001 Bush Fellow)

By Laura Billings Coleman

Photograph by Thomas Strand

Story by Laura Billings Coleman

Photographs by David J. Turner

By Laura Billings Coleman

Illustration by Eric Hanson

By Nick Coleman

By Laura Billings Coleman

By Laura Billings Coleman

Photographs by Emily Baxter

By Nick Coleman

By Nick Coleman

Photographs by Joe Rossi

Community work we've supported


An in-depth list of grants the Bush Foundation has given with a community improvements focus.


Browse Bush Foundation fellows with a focus in public and societal benefit.