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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.



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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Building Powerful Partnerships – Museum of Flight

Here at the Murdock Trust, we are fortunate to partner with hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the Pacific Northwest working to help fulfill their mission. One of the ways we do this is by awarding grants, but we have always been interested in coming alongside grantees and helping them build capacity and improve strategy to […]
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Partnering with Native-Serving Organizations in the Pacific Northwest

Steve Moore, executive director at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, along with Max Williams, president and CEO at The Oregon Community Foundation, authored an article featured in Washington Monthly, regarding their strategy in partnering with Native-serving nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest. There’s never been a magic fix for Native American issues because each community […]
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Op-ed in the Idaho Statesman

Terry Stokesbary, senior program director at the Murdock Trust, along with Amy Little (Idaho Nonprofit Center), Karen Bilowith (Idaho Community Foundation) and Mark Priddy (Full Circle Exchange) co-authored an article recently featured in the Idaho Statesman. Read the full piece at http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article147697144.html Idaho Nonprofits Change Lives, and We All Play a Part In the Treasure Valley, […]
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New CRISPR Research

Dr. Blake Wiedenheft at Montana State University is a co-leader for new CRISPR research that was recently published in the journal, Cell.  Dr. Wiedenheft is part of a recent grant funded by the Trust and led by Drs. Diane Bimczok and Seth Walk at Montana State University.  Read the press release from the American Association for […]
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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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