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.



Working for the Common Good: The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector – A Year in the Life of the Murdock Trust

“Every day has 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 opportunities to make a positive impact.” -Les Brown The first weeks of the New Year bring a special type of energy. Psychologically, we see the turning of the calendar as an opportunity for a fresh start. Pair this with an infusion of enthusiasm fueled by […]
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Grants at Work: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

New Dock Expands Opportunities for Children of all Ages and Abilities Stationed in the beautiful Kachemak Bay of Homer, Alaska, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) connects people of all ages with the unique marine and coastal ecosystems of the 50-mile Bay. Visitors have the opportunity to observe up close any number of land […]
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True Leadership: Presidential Lessons Alive and Well in Local Nonprofits

By Steve Moore – February 2018   “I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.” – Abraham Lincoln When we think of the President of the United States—not of any specific individual to hold the office but rather the role […]
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Turning Honey into Knowledge – A Creative Collaboration Between Gonzaga University and Zambia

It’s the time of year when countless college students across the Pacific Northwest and the country begin to plan for their spring and summer breaks. While many young adults will invest their time away from the classroom in internships and summer jobs, a small handful will venture from Spokane, Washington, to Zambia, Africa, to turn […]
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Evaluating Our Efforts

Murdock Trust Completes Center for Effective Philanthropy Comprehensive Assessment of Work; Receives Top Marks Feedback is critical to the success of any organization. The only way we know we are hitting our targets and can identify areas for improvement is by engaging in a regular dialogue with our partners and stakeholders. In this dialogue it […]
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One Plus One Equals Ten: The Power of Collaboration

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” -Aristotle When we welcome a new team member to the Murdock Trust, we ask them to complete a workstyle inventory that shares insights into their strengths and work preferences. There are no wrong answers to this survey, but the information is valuable. When we can […]
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Impact of Partners in Science

Curious about the impact of our Partners in Science program? In this video, educators and students at Centralia High School in Washington share how the program positively impacts their school.
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Grants at Work: Museum of the Rockies: From Fossils to Outer Space

A full-size replica of a T-Rex skeleton stands guard at the entrance to Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. Once guests step through the doors, they find something even more impressive: the Taylor Planetarium. One of only a handful of planetariums in the world to offer state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection technologies, it gives visitors […]
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Partners in Science: Inspiring Award-Winning Work Across the Northwest

The Partners in Science program blends two of Jack Murdock’s deepest passions—scientific research and inspired education. Through this program we pair high school science educators from across the Pacific Northwest with a research mentor in an academic lab or in a lab associated with a nonprofit research institution. For two summers, the two work together […]
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A Weekend of Passion and Science in San Diego

Effective methods of marking and sorting individual cells for study. Behavioral patterns of invasive marine species. How cancers develop, and new data on possible treatments. These were just a few of the dozens of subjects discussed during an action-packed two days at the annual Partners in Science National Conference held earlier this month in San […]
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