Two innovative and dedicated St. Paul nonprofits are among those honored with the Bush Prize for Community Innovation. The Bush Prize is awarded annually in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. Winners receive a package that includes promotional support and materials, and an unrestricted grant equal to 25 percent of the organization’s prior fiscal year budget, up to $500,000.
In making the prize announcement, the Foundation noted that all the recipients demonstrate an amazing ability to tackle whatever complex issue comes their way by engaging their communities to identify and solve problems, and persevere until they find smart solutions that make their communities better for all.
The Foundation received 110 applications in 2018. Three panels of community members chose the winners from their respective states. “The 2018 winners are fierce and bold in their attitude and actions,” said Mandy Ellerton, Community Innovation Director. “They take on daunting challenges and persevere until they find smart solutions that make their communities better places to live and work.”
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Springboard will use some of the funds in support of its emerging SpringBOX, its new home and community hub on University Avenue. See springboardforthearts.org.
Nexus Community Partners has been at the center of innovative community capacity building efforts for 15 years, working to build more engaged and powerful communities of color. Nexus invests in the three pillars of Authorship, Leadership and Ownership. Learn more at nexuscp.org.