Bush Foundation Case Study


During its August 2020 board meeting, the Bush Foundation made the catalytic decision to make a one time investment — equivalent to 10% of the Foundation’s assets at that time — to address wealth disparities in Black and Native American communities. From that moment forward, the Foundation prioritized designing a strategy to put $100 million toward generational wealth building through educational access, homeownership opportunities, and entrepreneurship opportunities for individuals from these communities. The resulting strategy — called a Community Trust Fund — redistributes ownership over significant wealth and, through its use of two steward organizations, models a radical approach to philanthropy.

This Case Study details the Bush Foundation’s Community Trust Fund approach, spurred by the global resurgence of movements to demand bolder action against structural racism.

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