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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.



Raising the Rink Roof in Idaho

While Jack Murdock’s passion for flying and technology are well known, not many people know he was also a whiz on the ice. Throughout his life, Jack was a passionate skater and considered time on the ice his favorite way to stay in shape. While the Murdock Trust regularly funds a wide variety of projects […]
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Welcome Home. Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho

Like any business, nonprofits can often face difficult decisions when it comes to expansion. Growth opportunities can be exciting and present a group with the ability to serve more people in need. However, there is always an associated risk involved. Does the organization have the cash flow to cover the increased expenses in the short […]
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A Space for Peace in Spokane

On a hillside outside of downtown Spokane, Washington, a respite of peace serves thousands of visitors from around the region. These guests face any number of challenges, from addiction to depression to cancer to PTSD, but among the lush grounds of the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, they can find support, calm and a path forward […]
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Helping Prevent Child Abuse, One Family at a Time

To say parenting is a challenge would be an understatement. However, there can be times when the challenges facing families escalate to levels of crisis: A parent struggling with financial concerns while trying to care for a toddler who will not sleep may find themselves at the end of their rope after days of exhaustion. […]
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Small Things Making a Big Difference: Because International

“What if there were a shoe that could grow?” It sounds like a very simple idea, but for children and families living in poverty this concept can be a life-changing concept. As young people rapidly grow out of their shoes, an adaptable piece of footwear can help keep a child safe and comfortable for years. […]
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Tending to the Community: Idaho Botanical Garden

“It’s about tending to the people of our community and providing unique experiences.” That’s how one volunteer of Idaho Botanical Garden describes the impact of the 15 acres that are currently under cultivation in Boise, Idaho. And to hear visitors and volunteers talk about the Garden, it’s obvious that, as they tend to the Garden, […]
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Grants at Work: A Flourishing Community Starts with Families

One of the big secrets to creating cities and communities that thrive is to nurture the human ecosystem that helps drive growth and development. In our work, we are constantly looking for projects and programs that help support this approach. When individuals, families and professional relationships thrive, individual communities flourish. Along these lines, our team […]
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In Pursuit of Dignity: Garten Services

Garten Services, located in Salem, Oregon, was founded in 1970 by Sallie Gearhart to serve children with disabilities and their families who, at that time, did not have access to public education. In 1975 education became a right for all children, regardless of needs. At that time, Garten began to focus on adults with disabilities […]
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On the Air at Spokane Public Radio

About 100 years ago, when the large double doors in the two-story brick building on North Monroe would swing open, you’d likely see a fire crew burst onto the streets of Spokane. Today, the brick building still stands, and the double doors still swing open, but now they lead to a beautiful patio space. And […]
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Restoring the Majestic Fox Theater

During the 1930’s and 40’s, it was commonplace for stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to visit Spokane, WA and grace the stage of the historic Fox Theater. A modern marvel when its doors opened in 1931, the venue was constructed to bridge the divide between the classic world of vaudeville […]
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