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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.



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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Three Lessons Government Can Learn from the Nonprofit Community

by Jim White and David Austin • May 2016 In today’s hyped campaign season, candidates whip up the crowds with a lot promises about what they – and by extension – the government can do. Make America great again!  Create jobs!  Free health care! Tax the rich! Promises are often linked to money, and some would have […]
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Capacity Building Matters

by Laurie Wolf and Kit Gillem • April 2016 The Murdock Trust has a long history of funding nonprofit support organizations and state associations that build the capacity of the nonprofit sector in the region, as well as making grants that build the capacity of a single organization. In 2001 with support from the Rasmuson Foundation, […]
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Why STEM matters to all of us

by Moses Lee • March 2016 Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are everywhere, affect every aspect of our lives, and are vital to our future. Scientific and technological issues increasingly dominate the national discourse, from environmental debates on climate change and economic threats from invasive species, to concerns about cloning, genetically modified food, and the […]
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Innovative Generosity

by Steven G.W. Moore • February 2016 As we head into this election year, we know we will hear promises and pledges about taxes, spending, and the many challenges that face our nation and our world. There is a sense that civil discourse is being strained to the limits by social media campaigns that often have […]
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