M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Faith-Based Board Leadership & Development Program

Equipping Christian nonprofit boards to sustain and grow their mission

The Murdock Trust Board Leadership and Development Program equips nonprofit Christian organizations to fulfill their unique missions by building board and staff capacity. Strong institutions are lead by strong boards, and the training program provides concrete, practical and inspirational tool for your team.

  • Clarify the board’s role and the CEO’s role—eliminate fuzzy responsibilities and create positive synergy for maximum mission fulfillment
  • Become a board increasingly characterized by spiritually discerned decisions
  • Leverage the 4 phases of board development: cultivation, recruitment, orientation, engagement
  • Establish dashboard metrics to monitor the health of an organization
  • Assess and prepare for cultural, legal and government compliance
  • Engage in strategic thinking and planning that seizes the opportunity for growth
  • Align your mission, vision, and values with measurable results and S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Think carefully about the organizational future including succession planning and transitions

Organizations should complete this application of interest to be considered for the upcoming cohort. Applications are due by July 1 and decisions about the next cohort are made by the end of July.

Program Basics

Each organization will receive two 1.5 days of cohort based training in February and May up to 16 hours of personalized professional coaching.

The 2021 cohort will meet Feb 10-11 from 9am-2pm at the Vancouver Hilton. The second cohort meeting will be on May 5-6. This second meeting may be virtual, to be decided fall 2020.

These seminars focus on characteristics of a high performing boards, including the board’s role in the organization’s culture, strategy, sustainability, and governance.

Questions? See the program FAQ page or contact us at boardleadership@murdocktrust.org or 360-694-8415.

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The Trust guides nonprofit organizations through every level of their development through grants and other resources.

Sectors the Trust is committed to enriching in the Pacific Northwest:

The Trust has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can make all the difference to you and your organization.