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Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are vital to our communities and our economy. When these groups thrive, we all stand to benefit. That’s why in addition to the Trust’s grantmaking activities and enrichment programs, we’re pleased to share ideas, resources and strategies to help nonprofits fulfill their mission, sustain their operations and develop more effective leaders. Click the sections below to learn more.

Giving generously provides a lifeline to individuals, families, and communities being impacted through the vital work of nonprofit organizations in our region.

Nonprofit Board & Leadership Resources

Download presentations from our recent board and governance workshops held at the University of Montana. Below these resources, we’ve compiled a suggested reading list relevant to board development, fundraising/stewardship and leadership/management. If you have questions, please contact us.


AGB Workshop held in Montana: Higher Education Presentations (hosted by Visiting Fellow, Verne Sedlacek)

Orienting Board Culture – PDF

Board Chair/CEO – PDF

ERM for Higher Education – PDF

Foundation Boards – PDF

Governance Committee Assessment – PDF

Higher Education Governance – PDF

Investment Discussion – PDF

AGB Workshop held in Montana: Nonprofit Presentations (hosted by Visiting Fellow, Verne Sedlacek)

Board Culture – PDF

Board Chair/CEO – PDF

ERM for Nonprofits – PDF

Board Governance Workshop – PDF

Fiduciary Duties Statement – PDF

Montana’s Nonprofit Environment – PDF

Investment Discussion – PDF

Nonprofit High Performing Board – PDF

Consequential Boards – PDF

Successful Fundraising – PDF

Board Development

Boardroom Verities by Jerold Panas

The Effective Board Member by Bobb Biehl & Ted Engstrom

Increasing your Boardroom Confidence by Bobb Biehl & Ted Engstrom

Nonprofit Board Answer Book by Bob Andringa & Ted Engstrom

The Ultimate Board Member’s Book by Kay Sprinkel Grace

Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

“The Invisible Yellow Line in Financial Operations” from The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Nonprofit Board and Staff Roles by Jean Block – a helpful article on the board’s responsibility as stewards of finances

Sample Documents: Board Nomination Form and Board Self-Evaluation Form


Asking: A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure the Gift by Jerold Panas

Coach Your Champions: The Transformational Giving Approach to Major Donor Fundraising by Eric Foley, Rebekah Farquhar and Amy Karjala

Growing Givers’ Hearts by Thomas Jeavons & Rebekah Burch Basinger

Stewardship by Peter Block

The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard & S. Truett Cathy

What Your Money Means: And How to Use It Well by Frank J. Hanna


Good to Great and the Social Sector by Jim Collins

Becoming a Category of One by Joe Calloway

Forces for Good by Leslie Crutchfield & Heather McLeod Grant

Mastering the Management Buckets by John Pearson

Managing at the Leading Edge by Mike Hudson

The Dream Cycle by Steve Moore

The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership by Steven Sample & Warren Bennis

Leadership without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifitz

“Succession Planning” – Ensuring Successful Leadership Transitions by Bruce Dingman, David Gyertson and Richard Kidd

Nonprofit Support Organizations

The Murdock Trust supports a number of organizations around the Pacific Northwest that have missions to strengthen the nonprofit community, their leaders, and their boards. Below are links to a few of these organizations.


Foraker Group

Nonprofit Support Organization Initiative Summary

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