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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Celebrating a Career and Service to the Community

Jeff Grubb, a Trustee of the Murdock Trust, recently retired after a 35-year career in banking from Wells Fargo, where he served in a leadership role for 12 years. More than 200 civic, business, nonprofit and community leaders gathered at the Portland Art Museum on August 10 to recognize his outstanding service to the community […]
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2017 Partners in Science Regional Conference Wrap-Up

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Nearly 40 high school science teachers participated in the Partners in Science Regional Conference last week. This unique program pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab or a lab associated with another nonprofit institution over the course of two summers. At this conference, first and second year […]
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Celebrating Jack Murdock’s 100th Birthday

  On this date, August 15, 2017, we celebrate the life and legacy of our founder, Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, by honoring what would be his 100th birthday. To those that knew him, he was often described as a caring, generous, and incredibly thoughtful man. Here at the Trust, it’s common for Jack to come […]
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New Inter-campus Research Experiment: Murdock Collaborative Research Alliance

Moses Lee was thinking. Here he was, program director for research and science at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, a man with an unbridled passion for science and a philanthropic pot of money needing a good home. His task? To find a way to advance science research at four-year colleges in the Pacific Northwest region […]
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Heart of Oregon Corps Reaches Capital Campaign Milestone

The Heart of Oregon Corps (HOC) has raised over a half million dollars for a fleet of new vehicles, meeting its capital campaign goal.  Along with Trust support, HOC received funds from the MCM Fund, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation, The Eddie Williamson Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation, as well as a […]
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Construction Continues on Vancouver Waterfront

Construction is fast underway on the $1.5 billion, 22-block Vancouver waterfront project that will bring new jobs, housing, shops and restaurants, and a seven-acre city park, all connected to the downtown core.  The Trust is excited to be participating in the economic development of the Vancouver waterfront, of which the first buildings are anticipated to […]
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Research Team at University of Washington is Building a Better Battery

Dr. Lilo Pozzo, associate professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, received a $60,000 Commercialization Initiation grant from the Trust to enable a renewable energy grid for flow battery technology. Dr. Pozzo and the rest of the Membrion research team were recently featured in an article in which they explain the […]
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Cyber Bullies, Hate Groups and Fake News… Had Enough Yet?

by Steve Moore • July 2017 It doesn’t take long on the Internet, your email or your social media to be convinced that fake news and cyber bullies are a part of the technological landscape for some time to come. Recently, I had a chance to sit down with a colleague from the University of […]
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Boys Scouts, HopeWorks Announce Grants

The Murdock Trust is proud to partner with nonprofit organizations all across the Pacific Northwest serving unique and diverse constituencies. Recently, two grantees were in the news announcing Murdock awards. The Boy Scouts of America Blue Mountain Council announces $163,000 grant | Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business “The Boy Scouts of America Blue Mountain Council […]
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OSU Spectroscopy Instrument to Benefit Northwest Researchers

Oregon State University (OSU) has acquired a new ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy instrument that will “make its surface characterization laboratory a major resource for scientists throughout the Pacific Northwest.” This piece of equipment will be used to develop “new and better materials for semiconductors, solar energy, batteries, catalysis and various environmental applications.” OSU received a […]
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