Spark Camp partners with the Bush Foundation for upcoming Spark Camp :: Giving

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with the Bush Foundation on our upcoming Spark Camp :: Giving.

Spark Camp :: Giving will be our seventh Camp. For those in attendance, it will offer a rare chance to reflect on the changing dynamics of philanthropy, charity and fundraising amongst artists, foundation officers, up-and-coming Millennial changemakers, venture and corporate philanthropists, designers and technologists, fundraisers for nonprofits and political campaigns, behavioral scientists and scholars.

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Foundation has made nearly one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.

“Spark Camp connects people from diverse backgrounds, builds networks across sectors, and encourages the collision of great ideas,” says Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy. “We are thrilled to be the host partner and help bring Spark Camp to Minnesota for the first time.”

Spark Camp :: Giving will take place June 4-7 at The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, MN. The Bakken Museum is the only museum dedicated to the history of electricity and magnetism in medicine. It was started by Earl Bakken, inventor of the pacemaker and founder of the medical technology company Medtronic, when he expanded the company’s collection of books and medical devices in the late 1960s. The building itself is located on the shores of Lake Calhoun and was originally built in the late 1920s for the owner of a store that was sold and ultimately became known as the Target Corporation.

Spark Camp co-founders and the Bush Foundation team have worked together to identify invitees from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. The Spark Camp team works hard to introduce attendees to the Camp’s host town, and the Bush Foundation will help the team select local food vendors. The Bush Foundation will also collaborate on Spark Camp :: Giving’s programming.

“We’re tremendously excited to collaborate with the Bush Foundation on this upcoming camp,” says Spark Camp co-founder Amanda Michel. “The Bush Foundation is forward-thinking and creative in their approach to convenings, and the team shares our commitment to diversity.”

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