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.



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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What Does Murdock Do?

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The Murdock Trust makes grants that enrich life in the Pacific Northwest. We stand with those who serve others – the difference-makers and forward thinkers, the caretakers and question-askers. Our partners do extraordinary things, and we are privileged to help them deliver strength to the undeserved, knowledge to the seekers, inspiration to the innovators, and opportunities […]
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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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Mosaic Medical, Innovative Services NW, Billings Community Foundation Announce Grants

The Murdock Trust is proud to partner with nonprofit organizations all across the Pacific Northwest serving unique and diverse constituencies. This week, three grantees were in the news announcing Murdock awards. Mosaic Medical announces $250,000 grant | KTVZ.com “Mosaic Medical announced Tuesday it has received a $250,000 grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, […]
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Vancouver Waterfront Continues to Gain Momentum

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The Trust is excited to be participating in the economic development of the Vancouver waterfront that, once fully built, will house more than 6,000 new residents and 5,000 new office workers. “A $1.5 billion project to redefine Vancouver’s waterfront reached a major milestone on Thursday with the first concrete pour at the site.”   The 32-acre […]
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Murdock Trust Names Elmer Huh as Chief Investment Officer

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The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that Elmer Huh will join the staff as chief investment officer beginning August 2017. Elmer was selected after an extensive national search, touching over one hundred prospective candidates. Elmer has more than 20 years in the field of public/private equity and alternative investing and joins the […]
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Philanthropy Northwest Announces New CEO

The Murdock Trust is excited to welcome Kiran Ahuja as the new CEO of Philanthropy Northwest. We look forward to partnering with Ms. Ahuja to continue to impact the region in meaningful ways. Philanthropy Northwest is network of philanthropic foundations across the Pacific Northwest and works to “promote, facilitate and drive collaborative action by community […]
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Arc Thrift Store Moving to New Location in Philomath

The Arc of Benton County, which provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is using a Trust grant to finish a remodel on a new building for its thrift store they plan to move in to later this year. The cost of the remodel and property adds up to about $540,000, of which […]
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Jordan Schnitzer Awards $5 Million Toward New Art Museum

April Baer of OPB’s radio program State of Wonder recently featured philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer and the impact his family continues to have in the arts. This week, Portland State University announced that Schnitzer is giving $5 million to the fundraising campaign for the school’s new art museum. Steve Moore, executive director of the M.J. Murdock […]
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Former Murdock Partner Selected as Oregon’s Educator of the Year

David Valenzuela, science department co-chair at Madison High School (Portland, Oregon), was selected as Oregon’s 2017 Educator of the Year for the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. David is an alumnus of Partners in Science, a Murdock Trust program that provides advanced research opportunities to high school science teachers. Congratulations, David! “Science education is […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes 2017 Summer Interns

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Each year the Murdock Trust invites several college students (usually rising seniors, or recent graduates) to explore the philanthropic sector with special attention on nonprofit leadership and management. Interns are invited to observe and participate in the daily work of the Trust and are introduced to the grant/proposal process, including shadowing site visits with potential grantees.  […]
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