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.



Contributing to History: Lyn Swanson’s Role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

One of the amazing things about science is the way research and developments can ripple on for years and even decades, “building on the shoulders of giants” and impacting change in ways we never even imagined. At the Murdock Trust, we’ve seen an incredible example of this impact first hand in just the last few […]
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Helping Prevent Child Abuse, One Family at a Time

To say parenting is a challenge would be an understatement. However, there can be times when the challenges facing families escalate to levels of crisis: A parent struggling with financial concerns while trying to care for a toddler who will not sleep may find themselves at the end of their rope after days of exhaustion. […]
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Small Things Making a Big Difference: Because International

“What if there were a shoe that could grow?” It sounds like a very simple idea, but for children and families living in poverty this concept can be a life-changing concept. As young people rapidly grow out of their shoes, an adaptable piece of footwear can help keep a child safe and comfortable for years. […]
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Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists: Partners in Science Participant Tim Renz Wins Washington Teacher of the Year Award

Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Tim Renz, Washington State’s High School Science Teacher of the Year! Tim is part of our Partners in Science program, first as a teacher and now as an implementation coach, and he has applied the principles he learned through the program to transform how he teaches high school science. […]
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Tending to the Community: Idaho Botanical Garden

“It’s about tending to the people of our community and providing unique experiences.” That’s how one volunteer of Idaho Botanical Garden describes the impact of the 15 acres that are currently under cultivation in Boise, Idaho. And to hear visitors and volunteers talk about the Garden, it’s obvious that, as they tend to the Garden, […]
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Grants at Work: A Flourishing Community Starts with Families

One of the big secrets to creating cities and communities that thrive is to nurture the human ecosystem that helps drive growth and development. In our work, we are constantly looking for projects and programs that help support this approach. When individuals, families and professional relationships thrive, individual communities flourish. Along these lines, our team […]
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In Pursuit of Dignity: Garten Services

Garten Services, located in Salem, Oregon, was founded in 1970 by Sallie Gearhart to serve children with disabilities and their families who, at that time, did not have access to public education. In 1975 education became a right for all children, regardless of needs. At that time, Garten began to focus on adults with disabilities […]
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On the Air at Spokane Public Radio

About 100 years ago, when the large double doors in the two-story brick building on North Monroe would swing open, you’d likely see a fire crew burst onto the streets of Spokane. Today, the brick building still stands, and the double doors still swing open, but now they lead to a beautiful patio space. And […]
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Restoring the Majestic Fox Theater

During the 1930’s and 40’s, it was commonplace for stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to visit Spokane, WA and grace the stage of the historic Fox Theater. A modern marvel when its doors opened in 1931, the venue was constructed to bridge the divide between the classic world of vaudeville […]
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Helping Arts & Cultural Groups Thrive in the Pacific Northwest

Rural arts organizations gain critical support, training through foundation partnership A collection of 16 arts and culture nonprofits facing significant challenges and opportunities for growth will receive vital support through a new collaborative program involving eleven Northwest nonprofit foundations. Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and Southwest Washington is a two-year teaching and mentorship initiative. The curriculum […]
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