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The In Trust Center for Theological Schools had a resounding year in 2023, including over $4 million in new grant funding, a record number of requests supporting schools, and a second straight Best-In-Class award for In Trust magazine from the Church Press Association. Amy Kardash, president of the In Trust Center, called it “a rewarding year.”

“The In Trust Center supported more individuals at schools in 2023,” Kardash said. “I’m proud of our team’s responsiveness to schools as they live out their missions.”

The Center’s work included helping 103 institutions on more than 160 resource requests. Most frequent topics included governance, board development, leadership transitions, educational models, and consultant engagement.

The Center also was awarded two new grants from Lilly Endowment, Inc., for a new Governance Initiative and a Communication Capacity Initiative; an additional award came from a grant by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, which supports the Wise Stewards Initiative helping schools improve board governance.

“Across all areas we experienced growth and continued momentum,” Kardash said. “We’re grateful for the trust our funders put in us, and we’re grateful for our members.”


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