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January 31, 2020

A menu of wise practices for boards

Q. How should boards operate? Is there a list of "best practices" that boards can follow?

A. Because each board and each school is different, there is no single list of best practices that will be useful for all boards. There is, however, a menu of wise practices that boards should review and adapt.

The In Trust Center has been updating and revamping its own board practices during the last couple of years, focusing on recruitment, orientation, and self-evaluation. You may find that some of these practices, perhaps with modifications to suit your own situation, can be beneficial for your own board.



How to make big transformational changes

Some people think that boards excel most at maintaining the status quo. But when these six schools needed to take drastic action in this rapidly changing educational environment, their boards helped make the transformations happen.


Lilly Endowment announces Thriving Congregations Initiative 

Lilly Endowment Inc. is inviting charitable organizations located in the United States to submit grant proposals for up to $1 million, that may be used for up to a five-year period, to develop new or strengthen existing programs that will work directly with congregations and help them to:
  • Explore and understand their rapidly changing social and cultural contexts.
  • Gain greater clarity about their values and mission.
  • Draw on Christian practices from their theological and ecclesial traditions to adapt their ministries to the demands of their changing contexts.
The ultimate aim is to help congregations thrive by strengthening ministries that help people deepen their relationships with God, enhance their connections with one another, and contribute to the flourishing of their communities and the world.

In this open and competitive grants initiative, the Endowment anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants to organizations that submit exceptionally promising and compelling proposals that advance the aim of the initiative and demonstrate the capacity of the organization to design, implement, and sustain a high-quality program. 
Comprehensive guidelines and forms may be found on the Endowment’s website at:
Interested organizations should submit an Interest Form through the Endowment’s website by April 17, 2020. Complete proposals should be submitted via the Endowment’s website by June 1, 2020.
Continuing education: Advance your mission


Dr. Helen Blier, director of continuing education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, recently led a webinar on what continuing education is, why institutions should offer it, and how schools can dive in. Blier is an engaging speaker and a leading expert in the field.

During "Continuing education: Advance your mission," Blier outlined many ways that continuing education programs round out an institution. To view a recording of the webinar, click here.

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Resource Grants Available!

1:00 p.m. EST
February 12, 2020



Do you have an innovative idea to advance the mission of your institution? Would your school benefit from a resource grant to support your work? To learn more about this matching grant opportunity, and to ask our program staff questions about the process, join us for a free information session.

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Upcoming Events

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

I See That Hand


Board members are typically recruited for their leadership, business acumen, and networks. Dr. Rebekah Basinger, project director of the In Trust Center’s Wise Stewards Initiative, will discuss how strategic questioning and interrogation skills are essential for effective board stewardship.

Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education


In this on-demand webinar, Rick Staisloff, senior partner of rpk GROUP, discusses essential aspects of strategic partnerships. This session delves into current trends, identification of partners, navigating the due diligence process, and common challenges.

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 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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