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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.



Celebrating a Career and Service to the Community

Jeff Grubb, a Trustee of the Murdock Trust, recently retired after a 35-year career in banking from Wells Fargo, where he served in a leadership role for 12 years. More than 200 civic, business, nonprofit and community leaders gathered at the Portland Art Museum on August 10 to recognize his outstanding service to the community […]
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Celebrating Jack Murdock’s 100th Birthday

On this date, August 15, 2017, we celebrate the life and legacy of our founder, Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, by honoring what would be his 100th birthday. To those that knew him, he was often described as a caring, generous, and incredibly thoughtful man. Here at the Trust, it’s common for Jack to come up […]
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Construction Continues on Vancouver Waterfront

Construction is fast underway on the $1.5 billion, 22-block Vancouver waterfront project that will bring new jobs, housing, shops and restaurants, and a seven-acre city park, all connected to the downtown core.  The Trust is excited to be participating in the economic development of the Vancouver waterfront, of which the first buildings are anticipated to […]
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Founder’s Day 2017 Wrap Up

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Every year, we take time to celebrate the life and legacy of our founder, Jack Murdock, with our Founder’s Day event. On June 30, in celebration of our 42nd year, Murdock staff, Trustees, and friends gathered to honor the people and partnerships that make our region great and carry on the values of our founder. […]
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Announcing the 2016 Annual Report

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We’re excited to share the release of our 2016 annual report! In the report you’ll find: Stories of the great work being done by the nonprofits in our region A full listing of grants made in 2016 A snapshot of our finances and investments in 2016 A look back at the convenings, conferences, events, and […]
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Vancouver Waterfront Continues to Gain Momentum

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The Trust is excited to be participating in the economic development of the Vancouver waterfront that, once fully built, will house more than 6,000 new residents and 5,000 new office workers. “A $1.5 billion project to redefine Vancouver’s waterfront reached a major milestone on Thursday with the first concrete pour at the site.”   The 32-acre […]
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Murdock Trust Names Elmer Huh as Chief Investment Officer

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The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that Elmer Huh will join the staff as chief investment officer beginning August 2017. Elmer was selected after an extensive national search, touching over one hundred prospective candidates. Elmer has more than 20 years in the field of public/private equity and alternative investing and joins the […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes 2017 Summer Interns

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Each year the Murdock Trust invites several college students (usually rising seniors, or recent graduates) to explore the philanthropic sector with special attention on nonprofit leadership and management. Interns are invited to observe and participate in the daily work of the Trust and are introduced to the grant/proposal process, including shadowing site visits with potential grantees.  […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Ron King as Visiting Fellow

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The Murdock Trust is pleased to welcome Ron King as our newest visiting fellow. King comes to the Trust having recently left a successful career in the food industry. For the past twenty years he led Western Family Foods as its CEO. As well, he has held a number of leadership positions on nonprofit boards. […]
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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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