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Why you can't afford to ignore
deferred maintenance

Tackling deferred maintenanceDeferred maintenance is a serious issue that affects almost all institutions.

The Association of Theological Schools recently surveyed 118 schools on their deferred maintenance costs. The results? Schools' costs ranged from as low as just $2,000 up to $52 million, with a median of $437,500.

Such high numbers can lead to an overwhelming feeling of discouragement, but there are ways to tackle deferred maintenance. Here are some best practices from schools that have engaged in this work.


Book recommendation:
The Nonprofit Board Answer Book


The Nonprofit Board Answer BookHere at the In Trust Center, we talk boards and governance all day, every day. From fielding calls from member schools, to researching and writing articles on boards, board policy, and governance, and even in our work with our own board, we are constantly talking, thinking, reading, and writing about governance and policy.

Over the years, we have developed a library to assist us (and our member schools) in our work. We have many books on boards: board policy, shared governance, the roles of board members, etc. Of all of these, the book that we turn to most often for questions about these topics is a book from BoardSource: The Nonprofit Board Answer Book.



How to grow your school's
fundraising ability

Grow your fundraising abilityTwo months into his role as president, G. Douglass Lewis received the news that Wesley Theological Seminary was in debt. So, with the help of his development consultant and the Wesley staff, Lewis set forth a strategic plan for a program that would address their lack of fundraising ability.

Lewis attributes the success of their program to three basic building blocks.



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