Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Bush Prizes Reward Innovative Community Organizations in Minnesota and Dakotas

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Bush Prizes Reward Innovative Community Organizations in Minnesota and Dakotas

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Ten community organizations, including four in Minnesota and three each in North and South Dakota, have received Bush Prizes for their innovative and inclusive work.

The Bush Foundation awarded the prizes, which come with an unrestricted grant equal to 25 percent of the winning organization's prior budget, up to $500,000. The winners also get promotional support and materials.

The foundation says the winners were chosen for:

" ... innovations that have been developed through inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets, and that are more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches."

The winners, with the foundation's descriptions of their achievents, are:

Minnesota

* Breaking Free - St. Paul, Minneapolis and Rochester. Led and driven by women who are survivors of prostitution and sexual exploitation, Breaking Free has helped more than 6,000 women and girls escape sex trafficking, breaking a cycle of poverty, addiction, rape, abuse and degradation that often passes from one generation to the next.

* Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) - Northfield. CRWP has prevented 94 million gallons of untreated sewage from entering the state's rivers and streams over the past decade through its collaborative work that brings residents and waste water professionals together in 21 southeast Minnesota communities.

* Lanesboro Arts - Lanesboro. Lanesboro Arts developed through an extensive and inclusive community-wide planning process, Lanesboro Arts has played a major role in revitalizing a small town on the Root River in southeast Minnesota and has become a national model for arts-focused rural development.

* Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) - Minneapolis. The only entity of its kind in the country, NACDI employs an asset-building approach to reposition the American Indian community in Hennepin County as an engine of economic growth. Its work has spawned home ownership opportunities, youth entrepreneurship training, and creation of the American Indian Cultural Corridor along Franklin Avenue.

North Dakota

* Community of Care - Arthur. Ensuring that rural, older residents can "age in place" is the work of Community of Care, whose model has proven to save money, reduce isolation, promote wellness and provide a promising solution for similar rural communities. …

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