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With the Murdock Trust’s continuous grantmaking, enrichment events and other diverse activities, programs and involvement, our staff and our nonprofit partners are constantly engaged in the work we do for our communities. When we publish news or make announcements, we’ll post these items here.



What Does Murdock Do?

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The Murdock Trust makes grants that enrich life in the Pacific Northwest. We stand with those who serve others – the difference-makers and forward thinkers, the caretakers and question-askers. Our partners do extraordinary things, and we are privileged to help them deliver strength to the undeserved, knowledge to the seekers, inspiration to the innovators, and opportunities […]
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Murdock Trust Celebrates 40 Years of Impact

Jack Murdock was an entrepreneur and successful business leader who co-founded Tektronix in Portland, Oregon just after World War II. Tektronix’s success allowed Murdock to create the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust with an endowment of $91 million and a mission to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest. The Trust began issuing grants […]
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Murdock Charitable Trust CEO Steve Moore Talks Waterfront, Challenges and Local Impact

One year ago this month, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust made headlines when it was announced as the first official tenant heading to the 32-acre Waterfront Vancouver development, which is now under construction. The Vancouver Business Journal asked Steve Moore, executive director of the Trust, to discuss the reason for the move, the Trust’s impact on […]
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New Capacity Building Initiative Helps Arts Organizations Think Big

New Capacity Building Initiative Helps Arts Organizations Think Big – 36:20 “It’s really tough for arts organizations to think big when they’re so married to a regular cycle of ticket sales, grants and courting donors. OPB’s State of Wonder’s Arts Roadtrip recently sat down with Steve Moore, executive director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, to talk […]
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Introducing Eugene Cochrane, Jr. as Visiting Scholar

The Murdock Trust is pleased to welcome Eugene Cochrane, Jr. as its new visiting scholar. Cochrane comes from serving as president of the Duke Endowment, one of the nation’s leading philanthropies, based in Charlotte, NC. Cochrane joined the Endowment in 1980 after serving as a hospital administrator. At the Endowment, he served as director of […]
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Murdock Trust Announces Jeff Pinneo New Trustee

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced today that Jeffrey D. Pinneo will become a Trustee of the foundation beginning September 1, 2016. Pinneo will succeed Dr. Lynwood W. Swanson, who will retire and become Trustee emeritus after 29 years of Trustee service to the Murdock Trust, one of the longest current‐serving Trustees of any foundation […]
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Presidential Award Winner Lee Hood Speaks on Philanthropy

A unique perspective on philanthropy, the charitable deduction and other sector challenges from this national leader in science and Presidential Award winner  Read the interview >>
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Makoto Fujimura 2013 Visiting Scholar

Recognizing our newest visiting scholar, Makoto Fujimura — an artist, writer and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper.  Read more >>
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Memorial Gifts for Hugh Vander Plas and Mary Louise Rasmuson

Approved memorial gifts for a recently deceased Murdock Trust program director and one of Alaska’s outstanding philanthropists. Read more >>
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Arctic Science Workshop Explores Impact Of Global Warming

Documenting the experiences of the team, which included Murdock Trust Trustee John Castles, aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent.  Read the report >>
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