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.



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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Establishing a Foundation for Success at the Murdock Trust Essentials of Development Workshop

At one table sit a group of women who work with survivors of human trafficking. They build partnerships, create resources and execute programs to help bring an end to the practice. Across the room are a collection of educators who provide after-school programming to help get young women from poor neighborhoods excited about STEM subjects. […]
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Raising the Rink Roof in Idaho

While Jack Murdock’s passion for flying and technology are well known, not many people know he was also a whiz on the ice. Throughout his life, Jack was a passionate skater and considered time on the ice his favorite way to stay in shape. While the Murdock Trust regularly funds a wide variety of projects […]
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Telling YOUR Story: Lessons for Nonprofits from the Leadership Advance Conference

Inside a ballroom along the Columbia River, more than 250 professionals from across the northwest spend the better part of a morning analyzing the Disney/Pixar classic film Ratatouille. The session, led by Andy Crouch of the Templeton Foundation, served as the kickoff to the 2017 Leadership Advance Conference, hosted by the Murdock Trust. For several […]
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Welcome Home. Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho

Like any business, nonprofits can often face difficult decisions when it comes to expansion. Growth opportunities can be exciting and present a group with the ability to serve more people in need. However, there is always an associated risk involved. Does the organization have the cash flow to cover the increased expenses in the short […]
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Join Today’s International Day of Generosity

Today, millions of individuals all around the globe will join together to celebrate the spirit of generosity as they participate in #GivingTuesday.   Founded as a response to the commercialization and emphasis on “buy, buy, buy” sparked by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for everyone to take a moment and […]
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Celebrating Joyce White

This last weekend, I was privileged to join many others at a celebration honoring the retirement of Joyce White, the Executive Director of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. For nearly twenty years, Joyce has provided thoughtful, kind, encouraging leadership to this group of foundations and its leaders. I have deeply appreciated Joyce and her […]
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Giving Thanks for the Light This Holiday Season

It is a busy season around our offices this time of year. Like many nonprofit organizations, we are working diligently to reflect on our work over the previous months and finalize our strategic plans for the coming year, all while balancing holiday vacations and festivities. It can be easy to get caught up in the […]
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What The Murdock Trust Team is Thankful for This Year

Gratitude is a central theme in the Murdock offices throughout the year. Whether it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, our team regularly takes time to show appreciation for our colleagues and partner organizations, as well as to celebrate and recognize the incredible work that takes place every day by our […]
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A Space for Peace in Spokane

On a hillside outside of downtown Spokane, Washington, a respite of peace serves thousands of visitors from around the region. These guests face any number of challenges, from addiction to depression to cancer to PTSD, but among the lush grounds of the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, they can find support, calm and a path forward […]
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Murdock Trust Honors Northwest Educators and Students

Linfield and Lewis and Clark Professors Headline Awards Given for Outstanding Efforts in Science Research and Education This week, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced the winners of two prestigious awards in the field of scientific research and education. Dr. William A. Mackie, Professor of Physics at Linfield College, has won the Lynwood W. […]
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