Abiding by one of its five operating values to “Work Beyond Ourselves,” the Bush Foundation is committed to sharing what its grantees and Fellows are learning over the course of their journey. One way the Foundation does this is through Learning Logs. The logs draw insight from grantee reports and are designed to inform and inspire others across our region and beyond.
Community Innovation grant recipients publish interim and final Learning Logs during their grant term. It provides grantees with an active experience to pause and reflect on their own journey, and to gain insight into what fellow grantees are accomplishing.
“I hope reading these reports will inspire the broader field to shift how they think about problem-solving by reading about the experiences of grantees that are in the midst of doing it,” says Community Innovation Program co-director Molly Matheson Gruen. “The Foundation has a really unique platform to be able to do that. In some ways I see us as a megaphone; we can lift up our grantees, and we can connect them in a way that’s particular to our role in the broader system.”
Bush Fellows similarly connect with each other and the community through Learning Logs, published intermittently throughout their Fellowship.
“We hope that sharing the Fellows’ Learning Logs will inspire other people to think bigger and to think differently. It has the potential to influence the region’s leadership landscape,” Leadership Programs Director Anita Patel explains.
As the Learning Logs platform expands, the Bush Foundation will study the impact it has not only on the writers, but also on future recipients of grants and fellowships. Matheson Gruen explains it as a ripple effect: It begins with grantees, followed by inspired applicants, then the greater community.