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.



Expansion of Antibody Technology Resource Fueled by Trust Grant

The Antibody Technology Resource lab at Fred Hutch is poised to expand, thanks to new support from the Vancouver, Washington–based M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The $475,000 grant is matched by more than $550,000 from the Hutch’s privately supported Hartwell Innovation Fund to further grow the facility’s instrumentation. “Over the past five years Fred Hutch’s […]
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PIR Holiday Lights Shine on New Owner

The Sunshine Division, an organization providing food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need since 1923 and Trust grantee, was recently featured in an article in the Portland Tribune written by Jim Redden. For 22 years, the annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Portland International Raceway has been one of the region’s most […]
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Flourishing Through Philanthropy

Steven Garber, a senior fellow at the Trust, recently wrote an article that was published in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) publication, Advance. If we have eyes to see, there are gifts of God all around us. Good friendships, good food, good work, good stories, good laws, good schools, and more – each […]
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5 Best Practices of a Great Grant Application

by Jill Tatum • December 2016 Recently I received a phone call from a new development director at an organization with an active Trust grant. Since I am the program director for the grant, he called to introduce himself and let me know of his new position. After we exchanged pleasantries and discussed a few specifics […]
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The Northwest: Driving Global Health Innovation

On November 9th in downtown Portland, PATH hosted a gathering of people from technology, financial services, health care, philanthropic and other organizations to discuss how the Northwest is uniquely positioned to accelerate global health innovations. “The Northwest: Driving Global Health Innovation,” was kicked off by longtime Portland area resident and former PATH employee, Judy Rea […]
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How to Prepare for an Executive Transition

by John Franklin • November 2016 Did you know that if your CEO or executive director (ED) is within three years of leaving your organization, best practices dictate that your board should begin developing an executive leadership transition plan now? But don’t feel too bad if you’re a little late in preparing. BoardSource reports that, though […]
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WSU “H2-Flo” Team is Developing Hydrogen Refueling Station

Dr. Jake Leachman, a professor of engineering at Washington State University Pullman, received a commercialization grant from the Trust where he and his team of undergraduate and graduate students are making great progress in developing a way to generate, transport, and dispense liquid hydrogen to power hydrogen cars. Learn more by watching their video and […]
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Communications Report – August 2016

At the recent Murdock College Science Research Conference, the creation of two new scientific awards was announced. Named in honor of Lynwood W. Swanson, PhD, recently retired Trustee, civic leader, and co-founder of FEI, a world leader in electron optics and focused ion beam technologies in scanning and transmission electron microscopies. The two awards include: […]
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Portland Japanese Garden is Working on Cultural Crossing Expansion

One of our grantees, the Portland Japanese Garden, was recently featured in an article by Jennifer Anderson at the Portland Tribune: “One of Portland’s biggest visitor attractions, the Japanese Garden, is getting a $33.5 million Cultural Crossing expansion — and it’s now speedily progressing through construction, with an anticipated grand opening in April. The garden’s […]
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New Awards Honor Retiring Trustee, Dr. Lynwood Swanson

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has announced the winners of its new annual scientific research awards. The awards are open to private undergraduate institutions within the Pacific Northwest, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The awards honor the longtime work of Dr. Lynwood Swanson, who recently retired after serving as a Trustee for 30 […]
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