Jack Murdock was an avid learner, innovator and entrepreneur. The special importance Mr. Murdock placed on education continues to lead Trust support of many colleges and universities across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Inspired by our founder’s strong belief in science and technology, the Trust has long been a leading private supporter of scientific research and innovation. We also welcome organizations that advance culture and the arts, as well as projects that elevate human services, public health and health care in the region, including community- and faith-based organizations, particularly those that serve youth.
Mr. Murdock was vitally interested in community issues and encouraged collaboration among diverse leaders to focus on questions of importance. The Trust routinely brings voices together to examine and explore ideas and trends in various fields and sectors — gatherings that have produced enrichment programs in leadership development, scientific education, and organizational capacity building.
True to Jack Murdock’s thoroughly entrepreneurial and creative nature, the Trust welcomes the best ideas from all across the Pacific Northwest region. Before applying for a grant, please review our general guidelines:
Geographic Location – In most cases, grants are awarded for the benefit of the people living and contributing in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Some, however, are made beyond this region to foster the growth of national and international ideas in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Tax Status – Requests are considered from organizations that fit with current Trust interest and have been ruled to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and are not private foundations as defined in Sections 509(a)/170(b) of the Code. Charitable organizations applying for support must possess the most current IRS documentation reflecting their status or qualification as a tax-exempt entity.
Award Size – Dollar amounts vary by organization and project, with past practices generally informing future decisions. Because the grant application and evaluation process is rigorous and time-intensive, we generally discourage requests for less than $50,000.
Limitations – While the Trust supports a wide variety of projects and programs in the region, there are limitations to what we will fund. Our past grants are a good indicator of current Trust interest. Please note that the following kinds of requests are NOT considered:
- For funds that will ultimately be passed through to other organizations
- For sectarian or religious organizations whose principal activity is for the primary benefit of their own members or adherents
- For long-term loans, debt retirement or operational deficits
- For institutions that, in policy or practice, unfairly discriminate against race, ethnic origin, sex, creed or religion
- For propagandizing or for influencing legislation and elections
- From an individual for their personal benefit
- From individuals unauthorized to act on behalf of a qualified tax-exempt organization
And these kinds of requests are RARELY considered:
- For normal ongoing operations, including existing staff, or for the continuation of existing projects
- For continuation of programs previously financed from other external sources
- For organizations organized and operating outside any U.S. state or territory
- For urgent needs, emergency funding or gap funding
- For endowments or revolving funds that act as such
- For funds to be distributed to beneficiaries of the organization’s choosing