Grantmaking Director, Bush Fellowship Program

The Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving — within and across sectors — to make our region better for everyone. Everything we do is to advance this purpose. It is what ties all our work together. 


We invest in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share this geography. This is both our tagline and our strategy to advance our purpose.


We work through open grantmaking programs to support efforts to: develop, test, and spread great ideas that will make the region better for everyone; and inspire, equip, and connect people to more effectively lead change.


These programs include:


- The Bush Fellowship funds individual development plans for leaders who want to be more effective in leading change. 


-The Bush Prize provides flexible funding and recognition to organizations with a track record of making good things happen.


-Community Innovation grants and program-related investments (PRIs) directly support creative problem-solving efforts that have the potential for transformative impact in the region. 


-Ecosystem grants provide operating support for organizations that others rely on for help in community problem solving.


How we do our work is as important as what we do, and our operation values guide everything we do. To learn more about our values, go to



The Bush Foundation is seeking a transformational leader to serve as its next Grantmaking Director for the Bush Fellowship Program. This Grantmaking Director provides strategic and day-to-day leadership for the Bush Fellowship Program (BFP), in addition to serving as an active resource and leader on all the Foundation's other funding opportunities. 


Reporting to the Vice President of Grantmaking, the Grantmaking Director will join a strong team of three other Grantmaking Directors, five Grantmaking Officers, and a Grantmaking Coordinator. The Grantmaking Director will also partner closely with the Program Operations and Talent, Learning, and Evaluation Teams. The Grantmaking Director is a part of the Foundation's Management Team, contributing leadership and oversight for organization-wide strategic and operational decisions.






Click here for more information or to apply. Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement, with Chartise Clark and Tabatha Skelton of Koya Partners leading this search. 


To express interest in this role please submit by filling out our Talent Profile here: All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. 


Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email [email protected]. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-07-14 17:52:14 -0400