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.



Mercer Island Science Teacher Conducts Summer Ophthalmology Research at UW

Larry Bencivengo, a Mercer Island science teacher, was awarded a grant in the Partners in Science program of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to conduct two summers of research at the University of Washington. “As I’m getting older and developing problems with my own with vision, I can relate a lot more,” Bencivengo said. This summer, […]
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Bag&Baggage Announces Plans for Permanent Home

Bag&Baggage, a professional theatre company in Hillsboro, OR, has announced plans to begin construction on Nov. 1 for its first permanent home. The company has been in residence at the Venetian Theater for the past nine years, and the new flexible performance space and administrative home, which will be housed in a former Wells Fargo bank, is […]
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New Capacity Building Initiative Helps Arts Organizations Think Big

New Capacity Building Initiative Helps Arts Organizations Think Big – 36:20 “It’s really tough for arts organizations to think big when they’re so married to a regular cycle of ticket sales, grants and courting donors. OPB’s State of Wonder’s Arts Roadtrip recently sat down with Steve Moore, executive director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, to talk […]
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Introducing Eugene Cochrane, Jr. as Visiting Scholar

The Murdock Trust is pleased to welcome Eugene Cochrane, Jr. as its new visiting scholar. Cochrane comes from serving as president of the Duke Endowment, one of the nation’s leading philanthropies, based in Charlotte, NC. Cochrane joined the Endowment in 1980 after serving as a hospital administrator. At the Endowment, he served as director of […]
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Murdock Trust Announces Jeff Pinneo New Trustee

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced today that Jeffrey D. Pinneo will become a Trustee of the foundation beginning September 1, 2016. Pinneo will succeed Dr. Lynwood W. Swanson, who will retire and become Trustee emeritus after 29 years of Trustee service to the Murdock Trust, one of the longest current‐serving Trustees of any foundation […]
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Boise State University to host regional FIRST Robotics Competition

“More than 3,000 teams of high school students across the world are preparing to design and build robots to “strategically breach their opponent’s fortifications,” “launch boulders” and “capture the tower.” It’s all part of the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competitions being hosted in various cities across the […]
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When Hate Strikes Out

A few reflections on the Orlando tragedy by Steve Moore • June 2016 We as a nation, and a world, find ourselves once again stunned by a senseless act of violence, terror, and chaos, this time in Orlando. I was deeply moved by the words of one survivor, Demetrius Naulings, who framed it well when he said, […]
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Three Lessons Government Can Learn from the Nonprofit Community

by Jim White and David Austin • May 2016 In today’s hyped campaign season, candidates whip up the crowds with a lot promises about what they – and by extension – the government can do. Make America great again!  Create jobs!  Free health care! Tax the rich! Promises are often linked to money, and some would have […]
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The Invisible Hand by Verne Sedlacek

“The 18th century philosopher and contributing founder of modern economics, Adam Smith, coined the term “invisible hand” to describe how individuals working in their own self-interest can benefit society as a whole. In the United States today there is an invisible hand driven not by self-interest but by altruism that benefits millions every day. This […]
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Capacity Building Matters

by Laurie Wolf and Kit Gillem • April 2016 The Murdock Trust has a long history of funding nonprofit support organizations and state associations that build the capacity of the nonprofit sector in the region, as well as making grants that build the capacity of a single organization. In 2001 with support from the Rasmuson Foundation, […]
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