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.



Arc Thrift Store Moving to New Location in Philomath

The Arc of Benton County, which provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is using a Trust grant to finish a remodel on a new building for its thrift store they plan to move in to later this year. The cost of the remodel and property adds up to about $540,000, of which […]
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Partnering with Native-Serving Organizations in the Pacific Northwest

Steve Moore, executive director at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, along with Max Williams, president and CEO at The Oregon Community Foundation, authored an article featured in Washington Monthly, regarding their strategy in partnering with Native-serving nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest. There’s never been a magic fix for Native American issues because each community […]
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Jordan Schnitzer Awards $5 Million Toward New Art Museum

April Baer of OPB’s radio program State of Wonder recently featured philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer and the impact his family continues to have in the arts. This week, Portland State University announced that Schnitzer is giving $5 million to the fundraising campaign for the school’s new art museum. Steve Moore, executive director of the M.J. Murdock […]
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Former Murdock Partner Selected as Oregon’s Educator of the Year

David Valenzuela, science department co-chair at Madison High School (Portland, Oregon), was selected as Oregon’s 2017 Educator of the Year for the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. David is an alumnus of Partners in Science, a Murdock Trust program that provides advanced research opportunities to high school science teachers. Congratulations, David! “Science education is […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes 2017 Summer Interns

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Each year the Murdock Trust invites several college students (usually rising seniors, or recent graduates) to explore the philanthropic sector with special attention on nonprofit leadership and management. Interns are invited to observe and participate in the daily work of the Trust and are introduced to the grant/proposal process, including shadowing site visits with potential grantees.  […]
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Twispworks Receives Murdock Grant

Last weekend, Twispworks celebrated the grand opening of its new outdoor plaza, which was supported in part by a Murdock Trust grant. Twispworks is a center for arts, culture and business in Twisp, Washington, and the new plaza serves as a place for people to gather, picnic, attend outdoor music and arts performances and cool off in […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Ron King as Visiting Fellow

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The Murdock Trust is pleased to welcome Ron King as our newest visiting fellow. King comes to the Trust having recently left a successful career in the food industry. For the past twenty years he led Western Family Foods as its CEO. As well, he has held a number of leadership positions on nonprofit boards. […]
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Small Investment, Big Impact

How our strategic investments in the sciences are fueling breakthroughs. by Moses Lee • May 2017 “A little goes a long way.” That simple saying captures a core principle of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust: philanthropy cannot solve all of society’s ailments, nor should it. But when done with discernment, and in partnership, a small […]
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18 Nonprofits Complete Murdock Fund Development Training

Nearly 70 executive directors, development staff, and board members from 18 nonprofit organizations around the Pacific Northwest recently completed the Trust’s annual fund development training, Essentials of Development, on May 22-23, 2017. The program is designed to help small to mid-size organizations build a comprehensive, sustainable business model.  This year marks the 27th year of […]
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New Women’s Shelter Coming to Walla Walla

The Trust recently made a grant to Christian Aid Center in Walla Walla, WA, for a new shelter to serve women and children experiencing homelessness. Read the full article in the Union-Bulletin. Walla Walla’s Christian Aid Center aims to open a new facility by this time next year to provide shelter and hope for women […]
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