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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.



Cracks in Cascadia

by Steve Garber • June 2017 I spent a day in Portland, a long day but only one day, one more time entering into the hope and work of the Murdock Trust. While I have been drawn in for most of twenty years, invited into its counsels about ideas of all sorts, for several years […]
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Small Investment, Big Impact

How our strategic investments in the sciences are fueling breakthroughs. by Moses Lee • May 2017 “A little goes a long way.” That simple saying captures a core principle of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust: philanthropy cannot solve all of society’s ailments, nor should it. But when done with discernment, and in partnership, a small […]
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A Long-Term Investment Strategy

by David Austin • April 2017 Resurrecting an ancient approach to cultivating donors. “Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves.” Does the quote above strike you as strange? If so, you’re not alone. Most people recoil at the idea of using money to influence friendship, because leveraging money for friendship seems cold, calculating and downright […]
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Leadership as Craft

by Terry Stokesbary • March 2017 Five characteristics of people who excel in their calling. “And then he begins to tell the story.” These are the final words of Daniel James Brown’s 2014 book, The Boys in the Boat, the dramatic tale of the University of Washington rowing team that became Olympic champions in 1936.  The […]
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Facing the Challenges of Our Own Age

The Oregonian published an op-ed co-authored by Steve Moore and faith leaders in our community calling for understanding, tolerance, and cooperation in this challenging moment for our country.  We encourage you to read the op-ed and share it. On December 3, 1956, a year after the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott began, the Rev. Martin Luther King […]
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5 Best Practices of a Great Grant Application

by Jill Tatum • December 2016 Recently I received a phone call from a new development director at an organization with an active Trust grant. Since I am the program director for the grant, he called to introduce himself and let me know of his new position. After we exchanged pleasantries and discussed a few specifics […]
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How to Prepare for an Executive Transition

by John Franklin • November 2016 Did you know that if your CEO or executive director (ED) is within three years of leaving your organization, best practices dictate that your board should begin developing an executive leadership transition plan now? But don’t feel too bad if you’re a little late in preparing. BoardSource reports that, though […]
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The 10 Most Common Mistakes When Applying for a Grant

by Dana Miller • October 2016 Grants are a critical source of funding for many nonprofits. They’re not the biggest source of funding. Not by a long shot. Individual donations comprise nearly 71 percent of charitable giving according to Giving USA. Still, grants are important—too important to miss out on by making preventable mistakes. I routinely see […]
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How to Put Your Best Foot Forward When Applying for a Grant

by Lorin Dunlop • September 2016 Recently, I spent the better part of two days speaking with representatives from nonprofit organizations in our region, the Pacific Northwest. All of these leaders are contemplating making grant proposals to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Some of the organizations have a long history of partnering with the Trust. Others have […]
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When Hate Strikes Out

A few reflections on the Orlando tragedy by Steve Moore • June 2016 We as a nation, and a world, find ourselves once again stunned by a senseless act of violence, terror, and chaos, this time in Orlando. I was deeply moved by the words of one survivor, Demetrius Naulings, who framed it well when he said, […]
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