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The In Trust Center offers a variety of initiatives to its members including:

Governance Initiative: The In Trust Center was awarded a multi-year grant by Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand resources for both governing and advisory boards, including online resources, articles, webinars, learning community space, board leadership support, as well as wise practices and principles of good governance to shape a sustainable governance model in theological education. In partnership with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), we are launching a research project to survey board members and executive leaders of ATS-accredited schools in spring 2024 to gather data on current board demographics and practices. After the initial phase of research, programmatic offerings will be developed and available to our members. To read more about the initiative, click here.

Pathways for Tomorrow: The In Trust Center was awarded a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund coordination work with ATS. As a co-coordinator in this initiative, the In Trust Center is supporting the resource needs of grantees by providing Resource Consulting and learning community space, and highlighting the stories of grantees in its publications and communications. Click here to read more about the work that we are doing to support grantees over the next several years. 

Resource Grants: Through generous funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc., the In Trust Center offers $15,000 matching grants to help members experiment and engage in new work at their institutions. We embrace a wide variety of projects, such as marketing and recruitment, board development, strategic planning, course development, exploring new educational models, and collaborative work. Click here for more details about our current funding cycle and eligible projects. 

Wise Stewards Initiative: Wise Stewards is a one-year program focused on the growth, development, and sustainability of theological school boards partially supported by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Through a cohort model, participating schools receive individualized consultation and coaching; board assessment and education; and peer learning opportunities. After the cohort year, schools will join a growing community of alumni to stay connected with peers and receive ongoing resources and support to continue their board’s development. To read more about the Wise Stewards Initiative, or to apply, click here.

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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.


In Trust Center provides Resource Consulting to our members at no charge. Contact us today and let us guide you to the most helpful resources for your situation.

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