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.



Bringing Research into Teaching Labs

(March, 2016) Undergraduate chemistry labs introduce students to the methods and equipment that chemists use, as well as reinforce concepts taught in the classroom. But lab classes don’t often offer students a taste of how chemists conduct actual research. Increasing numbers of professors are trying to change teaching lab curricula to give students that much-needed […]
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Why STEM matters to all of us

by Moses Lee • March 2016 Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are everywhere, affect every aspect of our lives, and are vital to our future. Scientific and technological issues increasingly dominate the national discourse, from environmental debates on climate change and economic threats from invasive species, to concerns about cloning, genetically modified food, and the […]
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Innovative Generosity

by Steven G.W. Moore • February 2016 As we head into this election year, we know we will hear promises and pledges about taxes, spending, and the many challenges that face our nation and our world. There is a sense that civil discourse is being strained to the limits by social media campaigns that often have […]
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Board or Bored?

by Terry Stokesbary • January 2016 What are boards for anyway? Without a doubt, this is a critical question for the nonprofit sector as a whole and especially for the many specific nonprofit organizations that are seeking to make a difference in their communities and throughout the world. Increasingly, more and more resources, written by well-respected […]
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Big Changes Keep Oregon Ballet Theatre on its Toes

Oregon Ballet Theatre, which, over the years, has produced such great works under the guidance of artistic directors James Canfield and Christopher Stowell and now Kevin Irving, continues to evolve off the dance floor as much as on it. Beset by financial problems a few years back, OBT started to rebuild and now finds itself […]
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Landesa Awarded 2015 Hilton Humanitarian Prize

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced Seattle-based land rights organization Landesa as the 2015 winner of the $2 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize. Founded in 1967, Landesa, formerly the Rural Development Institute, has promoted land-related reforms, laws, policies, and programs in more than fifty countries, helping to secure land rights for an estimated 115 million rural […]
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Partners in Science Teacher Wins Presidential Award

Bradford Hill, a teacher at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon, wins what is considered the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. Read the full article. >>
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Trustee Lyn Swanson receives Pittcon Heritage Award

Dr. Lynwood Swanson, trustee at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust receives the Pittcon Heritage Award.  An esteemed honor for Dr. Swanson, which recognizes outstanding individuals whose entrepreneurial careers shaped the instrumentation and laboratory supplies community. Read more >>
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2014 Partners in Science National Conference a Great Success

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust celebrates Roger Griffioen and Chuck Smith during the 2014 Partners in Science National conference in January. Roger Griffioen retires from his role as program administrative consultant on the Partners in Science team. The Trust is thankful for the wise and personal touch that Roger gave to the administration of each Partners grant, his help […]
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Presidential Award Winner Lee Hood Speaks on Philanthropy

A unique perspective on philanthropy, the charitable deduction and other sector challenges from this national leader in science and Presidential Award winner  Read the interview >>
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