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Taking the Long View

Mark Petersen from Stronger Philanthropy recently interviewed Steve Moore about the Murdock Trust and the idea of taking the long view when it comes to working for the common good.  Listen to the podcast and read more. As we begin the second season of the Stronger Philanthropy Podcast, we hear from Dr. Steve Moore, CEO […]
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People Give to Make a Difference

Recently James M. Berberet, executive director of the Highland Community College Foundation, wrote an article in the Journal Standard regarding why people give. I wrote last year that “giving is part of living.” So let’s continue our discussion about giving. Why do people give? An online edition of the Chronicle of Philanthropy recently did a […]
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Flourishing Through Philanthropy

Steven Garber, a senior fellow at the Trust, recently wrote an article that was published in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) publication, Advance. If we have eyes to see, there are gifts of God all around us. Good friendships, good food, good work, good stories, good laws, good schools, and more – each […]
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A Shifting Nonprofit Landscape

“Philanthropy is changing. Once the realm of big donors who funded marquee projects and pet causes, private donations have become central to areas traditionally seen as government’s purview, including public schools, scientific research — and even the social safety net. It’s a shift visible across Oregon: At OHSU, National Institutes of Health grants fund smaller […]
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The Invisible Hand by Verne Sedlacek

“The 18th century philosopher and contributing founder of modern economics, Adam Smith, coined the term “invisible hand” to describe how individuals working in their own self-interest can benefit society as a whole. In the United States today there is an invisible hand driven not by self-interest but by altruism that benefits millions every day. This […]
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Big Changes Keep Oregon Ballet Theatre on its Toes

Oregon Ballet Theatre, which, over the years, has produced such great works under the guidance of artistic directors James Canfield and Christopher Stowell and now Kevin Irving, continues to evolve off the dance floor as much as on it. Beset by financial problems a few years back, OBT started to rebuild and now finds itself […]
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Partners in Science Program Featured

Murdock Trust’s Partners in Science program featured in Time’s “Time Ideas” online article about science education and kids (view article here) and in a Science magazine article about empowering science teachers (view article here). “The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust sponsors a “Partners In Science” initiative for high school science teachers that enables them to do […]
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The Importance of Undergraduate Research

An editorial from Trust grantees John R. Kroger and Father Mark Poorman, C.S.C. on WorldNews.com.  Read the full article >>
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