News & Insights

Here at the In Trust Center, we talk boards and governance all day, every day. From fielding calls from member schools, to researching and writing articles on boards, board policy, and governance, and even in our work with our own board, we are constantly talking, thinking, reading, and writing about governance and policy.

Over the years, we have developed a library to assist us (and our member schools) in our work. We have many books on boards: board policy, shared governance, the roles of board members, etc. Of all of these, the book that we turn to again and again for questions about these topics is a book from BoardSource: The Nonprofit Board Answer Book. Arranged by topic in a Q and A format, with an index at the back, it is easy to find the answers for which we're looking.

The most recent question that sent us thumbing through the pages involved board minutes. A straightforward topic, right? Well, not always. Here are a few of the questions which our team has fielded over the last year regarding minutes: 

  • Who should keep the minutes? Must it be the board secretary, or might a member of staff do it? 
  • Who approves the minutes? How does that process work? 
  • For how long should we keep the minutes? 
  • What should be included in the minutes? 
  • And just as important, what shouldn’t be included in the minutes?

We all have ideas of the answers to these questions, but it is so helpful to have a printed, trusted resource, with straightforward answers and best practices.

Other topics and sections include Basic Board Functions, Board and Committee Meetings, Board Structure, and Board-Staff Relations.

We recommend this book to anyone who works with or on a board and has questions about anything board-related. Or call the In Trust Center, and we can help find the answer. 302-654-7770 or

You can purchase the book via BoardSource or Amazon.

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Upcoming Events

The In Trust Center hosts learning community spaces throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events below.

Closing the Trust Gap


The current and very troubling condition of trust is a clarion call to action. But despite the dismal data showing pervasive organizational distrust, every organization can assess their current level of trust, learn and adopt a proven trust building framework, and then develop a meaningful and long-lasting plan of action. This webinar details the knowledge and practical next steps to strengthen workplace culture as a result of closing the trust gap.

In Trust Center Resource Grants


An In Trust Center Resource Grant offers member schools a chance to explore innovation at their institutions through a matching grant opportunity of up to $15,000. Listen to this 30-minute information session, including Q&A, as we provide details on eligibility requirements, funding priorities, application process. Previous grantees are eligible to apply as long as they are not within our current funding cycle.

Conflict + Crisis: Navigating the Shoals, Part 2 – A Deeper Dive


Presenter Donna Alexander, President & CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, offers best practices for navigating conflict and crisis. She examines the crucial elements of defining conflict and crisis, identifying, and prioritizing affected stakeholders, utilizing effective communication strategies, and ultimately, executing a plan of action. Click here to view.

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