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Bush Prize for Community Innovation

Hmong American Partnership Awarded Bush Prize for Community Innovation

The Hmong American Partnership (HAP) has been named one of five regional organizations to receive the prestigious 2019 Bush Prize for Community Innovation from the Bush Foundation. The $500,000 prize was awarded to HAP for its “track record of successful problem solving” in the community, according to a press release issued by the foundation.

“The 2019 Bush Prize winners exhibit remarkable creativity and tenacity in addressing issues that are most important to their communities,” Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy noted. “Their problem-solving builds strength not only in their local community but also in the entire region.”

“It is the honor of a lifetime to be recognized by the Bush Foundation along with these four other amazing organizations,” said HAP President and CEO Bao Vang. “The Bush Foundation is a catalyst for progress and growth in our state and the region, and we are beyond grateful for their support. We will use the prize to improve the livelihoods of our community members – both current and future – and build a more inclusive, prosperous Minnesota for everyone.”

The Bush Prize kicks off the public phase of HAP’s capital campaign. This campaign is an opportunity for everyone to help underserved members of our community move from poverty to prosperity.