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.



Building Powerful Partnerships – Museum of Flight

Here at the Murdock Trust, we are fortunate to partner with hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the Pacific Northwest working to help fulfill their mission. One of the ways we do this is by awarding grants, but we have always been interested in coming alongside grantees and helping them build capacity and improve strategy to […]
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University of Puget Sound Student’s Summer Research Experience

McKinley Nevins is one of the students at the University of Puget Sound doing summer research supported by the Murdock Trust’s College Science Research Program, designed to strengthen institutions’ faculty and undergraduate student research efforts in the natural sciences. Check out this blog post she wrote about her experience working in the Hoh Rainforest on […]
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Celebrating Generosity

by Claire Sykes • July 2017 The sounds of gypsy jazz from The Djangophiles wafted through the large, open-air space as everyone mingled about and nibbled on tasty hors d’oeuvres. Here at the Pearson Field Education Center on that gorgeous June 30th morning, more than 400 public officials, community leaders and partners of the M. […]
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Bipartisan Charity Act, Founder’s Day Celebration, and $13.4 Million Invested in the PNW

We recently celebrated the Murdock Trust’s 42nd anniversary with nearly 500 leaders from across the Northwest. Our annual Founder’s Day celebration was held at the historic Fort Vancouver Trust and provided an opportunity to honor retiring Trustee Lyn Swanson, who is now our first Trustee Emeritus. Lyn was presented with a beautiful glass airplane crafted […]
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University of Portland Announces Partners in Science Grant

The University of Portland recently announced a Partners in Science grant awarded to Sr. Angela Hoffman, O.S.B., that will provide Amy Sutton, a local high school teacher from Benson Polytechnic High School, the opportunity to do work with Hoffman to do cutting-edge research. The Murdock Trust’s Partners in Science Program is in its 28th year […]
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How to Bridge the Gap between Nonprofits and Funders

It can feel like visiting a foreign country, each with its own language, culture, and systems, but the cross-cultural effort is well worth it! by Pauline Fong • July 2017 In the summer of 1990 I was in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria.  Only six months before, throngs of East and West Germans swarmed […]
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Founder’s Day 2017 Wrap Up

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Every year, we take time to celebrate the life and legacy of our founder, Jack Murdock, with our Founder’s Day event. On June 30, in celebration of our 42nd year, Murdock staff, Trustees, and friends gathered to honor the people and partnerships that make our region great and carry on the values of our founder. […]
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Corban University Announces Lynwood W. Swanson Athletic Scholarship

Corban University in Salem, OR, has selected Brooklyn Baker as the first recipient of the Lynwood W. Swanson Athletic Scholarship.  The Trust provided a $150,000 grant designated for student athletes in honor of Dr. Lynwood W. Swanson, who recently retired as Trustee and became the first Trustee Emeritus of the Murdock Trust. Read the full […]
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Announcing the 2016 Annual Report

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We’re excited to share the release of our 2016 annual report! In the report you’ll find: Stories of the great work being done by the nonprofits in our region A full listing of grants made in 2016 A snapshot of our finances and investments in 2016 A look back at the convenings, conferences, events, and […]
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Honoring Public Servants

by Steve Moore • June 2017 We are always thinking with community partners in the Northwest about the best ways to honor and recognize those who go above and beyond in serving our communities, state, region and beyond. Volunteerism, service and civic engagement are key building blocks to healthy communities. In addition, public service is […]
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