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.



Murdock Trust Welcomes Chief Investment Officer

The Murdock Trust is pleased to welcome Elmer Huh, who started his role as chief investment officer in 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 Trust from Ernst […]
Read More »

Murdock Trust Welcomes Oregon Fellow

The Murdock Trust is proud to welcome Camille Idedevbo as a nine-month Oregon Fellow. A Pepperdine University graduate, Camille Idedevbo will serve as an Oregon Fellow. The Fellow Program, an initiative of the Oregon Leadership Development Institute, identifies meaningful, mentored internship opportunities across a variety of markets. This professional relationship is meant to provide an […]
Read More »

Britt Festivals Announce Murdock Grant

Britt Music & Arts Festival (Britt) recently announced a $300,000 grant from the Trust for their seating upgrade and grounds renovation project. This project will “replace deteriorating 30-year-old benches with newer hardwood benches designed to last for 40 years, while also expanding the current number of seats to total 981, providing safer walkways, improving sight-lines, […]
Read More »

Murdock Trust Welcomes Administrative Services Coordinator

This week the Murdock Trust team welcomed Megan Keim as our new administrative services coordinator. A strong business professional with a background in corporate strategy, property management and business valuation analysis, Megan Keim will serve as administrative services coordinator. In this role, Megan will support the mission of the Trust by providing project management, as […]
Read More »

Remembering Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michael Cromartie, vice president at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) and director of the Faith Angle Forum, has passed away at age 67. Under Cromartie’s leadership, the Faith Angle Forum brought together journalists and scholars from across the nation to talk about the role that faith and religious belief has in American culture […]
Read More »

Atomic Heritage Foundation Announces Recent Grant

The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) based in Washington DC recently announced a Trust grant for $198,000 for interpreting the history of the Manhattan Project and its legacy. “As Richard Rhodes, Chairman of AHF’s  Board, commented, “Murdock’s generous grant will help preserve many more stories of Manhattan Project participants, including African Americans, Hispanics, women and others who […]
Read More »

Program Director David Austin Appointed to Executive Management Group of the World Food Programme

After serving as program director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for three years, David Austin has been invited to join the executive management group of the World Food Programme (WFP). Beginning in early September, he will serve  as chief of staff for David Beasley, who was appointed executive director of WFP by the United […]
Read More »

Many Hands Make Light Work

by Lorin Schmit Dunlop • August 2017 He was about 80 years young, and the smile on his face that day said it all.  From every angle in the small library of the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, there were shelves full of meticulously categorized and neatly organized volumes of art history books, journals […]
Read More »

“3 to PhD” Education Model First of its Kind

The newly constructed Faubion school in Portland opens its doors to K-8 students this week. The school is the first of its kind in the nation that will implement a new education model called “3 to PhD” in association with Concordia University. The Trust awarded a grant for $636,000 to the initiative for new technology. […]
Read More »

Murdock Trust Welcomes Director of Communications

The Murdock Trust is proud to announce that Colby Reade, APR, will join the staff this September as director of communications. Reade was selected from a broad pool of candidates from around the Pacific Northwest following an extensive search process. Most recently a senior account supervisor with the creative agency CMD, Reade has a 14-year […]
Read More »