Event Scholarships

We believe in the power of events to inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in our communities.

We offer scholarships for individuals from our region—Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography—to attend national events and conferences, where they can:

  • Step out of their daily routines.
  • Build new connections both within the region and beyond.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Be inspired to think bigger and think differently about their work.
  • Contribute their voices and perspectives to national conversations.

We hope to make these opportunities available to the most diverse array of people possible, across geography, sectors and demographics.

We invite you to apply for the experience/s you would benefit from and contribute to the most.

If you have questions about event scholarships, please email us at communications@bushfoundation.org

OCTOBER 25-27, 2017 | DETROIT, MICHIGAN

The 2017 Independent Sector National Conference will focus on "Our Common Future," bringing together 1,000 of the nation's leaders and changemakers from nonprofits, foundations and corporations of every size and mission. 

Apply by August 4, 2017

JUNE 5-6, 2017 | WASHINGTON, D.C.

MCON brings together nonprofit leaders, activists and entrepreneurs to understand today's social movements and how to turn interest in an issue into action.

The MCON experience is devoted to the next generation of problem solvers and the innovation that is taking place for social causes. MCON 2017 will explore four main topics: Social Justice, Food, Planet and Identity.

JUNE 6-8, 2017 | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 

The Social Innovation Summit is a premier, invitation-only conference that connects and inspires the world's most potent leaders, thinkers, and practitioners with an unwavering bias towards action and a push towards scale. It offers a unique framework to discuss global challenges and build lasting partnerships that maximize social impact.

JUNE 28-JULY 2, 2017 | ASPEN, COLORADO

The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.

OCTOBER 18-22, 2017 | CAMDEN, MAINE

PopTech brings together 500 diverse thinkers and doers from around the world to initiate meaningful conversations that push participants to think and act in their communities. This year's theme will be "Instigate" and will explore topic areas such as social innovation, science, technology, design, and business.