M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

General Board Leadership & Development Program

Equipping nonprofit boards to sustain and grow their mission

The Murdock Trust Board Leadership and Development Program equips nonprofit organizations to fulfill their unique missions by building board and staff capacity. Strong institutions are led by strong boards, and this training program provides concrete, practical and inspirational tools 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 discernment
  • 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 pilot cohort. Applications are due by July 15 and decisions about the next cohort will be made by August.

Participating organizations will receive insight, tools, and templates for equipping board members to become more effective in their governance roles and responsibilities. Learn more about the seminar faculty and coaches and view relevant resources below.

Program Basics

Time and dates: Each organization will receive two 1.5 days of board training delivered by a pair of top executive coaches either on-site or close to your location along with one other organization, as well as 16 hours of personalized coaching and all program materials. The time will be selected in coordination with your coach.

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

Registration: $500 per organization. Participation must include the Executive Director/CEO, board chair, and at least two board members.

A total of 8-10 organizations will be selected to participate each year.

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

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