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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.



Evaluating Our Efforts

Murdock Trust Completes Center for Effective Philanthropy Comprehensive Assessment of Work; Receives Top Marks Feedback is critical to the success of any organization. The only way we know we are hitting our targets and can identify areas for improvement is by engaging in a regular dialogue with our partners and stakeholders. In this dialogue it […]
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Working for the Common Good: The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector – A Year in the Life of the Murdock Trust

“Every day has 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 opportunities to make a positive impact.” -Les Brown The first weeks of the New Year bring a special type of energy. Psychologically, we see the turning of the calendar as an opportunity for a fresh start. Pair this with an infusion of enthusiasm fueled by […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Jesse Richards as Visiting Scholar

Inspiring scholarship, investing in education and supporting underrepresented communities are among the top priorities for the Murdock Trust team. Through our grantmaking and enrichment programs, we work year-round to serve groups across the Pacific Northwest that work tirelessly to educate young people in our region, and we’re always looking for opportunities for collaboration with partners […]
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Happy Holidays from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

As we prepare to put a bow on 2017 and unwrap a fresh new year, the team at the Murdock Trust will be celebrating the greatest gift of all – our grantees. From the northern reaches of Alaska to the desert of eastern Oregon, from the great plains of Montana to the lush forests of […]
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Join Today’s International Day of Generosity

Today, millions of individuals all around the globe will join together to celebrate the spirit of generosity as they participate in #GivingTuesday.   Founded as a response to the commercialization and emphasis on “buy, buy, buy” sparked by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for everyone to take a moment and […]
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Celebrating Joyce White

This last weekend, I was privileged to join many others at a celebration honoring the retirement of Joyce White, the Executive Director of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. For nearly twenty years, Joyce has provided thoughtful, kind, encouraging leadership to this group of foundations and its leaders. I have deeply appreciated Joyce and her […]
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Giving Thanks for the Light This Holiday Season

It is a busy season around our offices this time of year. Like many nonprofit organizations, we are working diligently to reflect on our work over the previous months and finalize our strategic plans for the coming year, all while balancing holiday vacations and festivities. It can be easy to get caught up in the […]
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What The Murdock Trust Team is Thankful for This Year

Gratitude is a central theme in the Murdock offices throughout the year. Whether it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, our team regularly takes time to show appreciation for our colleagues and partner organizations, as well as to celebrate and recognize the incredible work that takes place every day by our […]
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Contributing to History: Lyn Swanson’s Role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

One of the amazing things about science is the way research and developments can ripple on for years and even decades, “building on the shoulders of giants” and impacting change in ways we never even imagined. At the Murdock Trust, we’ve seen an incredible example of this impact first hand in just the last few […]
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Helping Arts & Cultural Groups Thrive in the Pacific Northwest

Rural arts organizations gain critical support, training through foundation partnership A collection of 16 arts and culture nonprofits facing significant challenges and opportunities for growth will receive vital support through a new collaborative program involving eleven Northwest nonprofit foundations. Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and Southwest Washington is a two-year teaching and mentorship initiative. The curriculum […]
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