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Bush Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

Investing in great ideas and the people who power them.


Incorporated in 1953 in MN - Mr. Bush was born in 1887 on his family farm near Granite Falls, MN, the third of five children. He grew up on the farm, attended the Granite Falls public schools, and was trained as a grade-school teacher, but switched to business because he discovered the top teacher's salary at the time, $40 a month at the most, was too low. He moved to Duluth, MN, enrolled in the six-month business course at Duluth Business University, and in 1909 went to work for the 3M Company as assistant bookkeeper. His 57-year career at 3M was mainly in sales and general management. He was Chairman of the corporation's Executive Committee at the time of his death in 1966. Bush was also active in Saint Paul civic affairs, and was a trustee of Hamline University. In 1919, Bush married Edyth Bassler of Chicago, a professional actress and dancer. Although Mrs. Bush ceased her stage career, she maintained a strong interest in theater and the arts. In St. Paul, she founded the Edyth Bush Theater and served there as playwright, producer, and occasional actress. She held the title of Chairman of the Board of the Bush Foundation from 1966 until her death in 1972. Ill health, however, precluded her active participation in that role for most of those years. The Bush Foundation is involved in two decade-long commitments: 1) To dramatically improve educational achievement by assuring the effectiveness of the next 25,000 teachers who will enter our classrooms by changing how they are recruited, prepared, placed and supported. 2) To improve the conditions of the people of Native nations by working with their elected leaders to improve their institutions of self-governance based on sovereignty and self-determination. More broadly, the Bush Foundation also helps communities advance solutions to their own tough public problems through a combination of leadership development strategies and by providing the research, data, tools and opportunities to connect with others that are needed for developing innovative and sustainable solutions.


Bush Foundation

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101 5th St. East, Ste. 2400 Saint Paul, MN United States 55101-1898

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