Community conversations powered by the Bush Foundation

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — Staff from the Bush Foundation will be holding one-on-one conversations with community volunteer leaders in Flandreau, De Smet, Mitchell and Sioux Falls October 21 and 22, 2014.

Through these conversations, Bush Foundation staff will provide the opportunity to community leaders to discuss the successes and challenges of volunteer leaders and the organizations in which they serve. Bush staff will also listen to innovative program ideas and indicate which of their grant programs might apply for proposals.

“The opportunity to visit with Bush Foundation staff is amazing,” Olson said. “I encourage the movers and shakers of these communities to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Below are the links that folks can use to sign up for office hours with Bush Foundation staff. Sessions are 30 minutes long. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign-ups will close at Noon Central on Friday, October 17. We will send an email confirming everyone’s meeting time and location prior to our visit.

Flandreau, October 21: –

De Smet, October 21: –

Mitchell, October 22: –

Sioux Falls, October 22: –

Eligible organizations and individuals vary by program; please visit for more information about their grant and fellowship programs.

Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Bush Foundation has invested nearly $1 billion in more than 2,300 Fellows and Native Nation Rebuilders and 1,700 grantees throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and 23 Native Nations.

SDSU Extension is assisting in the coordination of the interviews. For more information, please contact David Olson, SDSU Extension Community Development Program Director at