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Publications & Reports

Sharing information and knowledge is critical to the Trust’s mission of encouraging positive change. Murdock Trust program directors and staff members regularly report on what the Trust does, what our work teaches us and what we learn from periodic research. From annual reports to articles and studies, we’re proud to share this work with you.

Annual Reports

This Murdock Trust publication highlights our work over each calendar year — a 12-month snapshot of our grantmaking efforts, enrichment programs and other initiatives. It’s a great way to understand how we go about our mission, but we always remember that the real measure of what we do lies in the life-changing work of the hundreds of organizations we support.


The Message Book Series

For more than 40 years, it’s been our privilege to help improve the quality of life across the Pacific Northwest. To honor the legacy of this region and those who have infused it with such character and vitality, the Murdock Trust publishes five full-color volumes featuring each of the states in our grantmaking region. Each book is filled with extraordinary art and photography, maps and textiles, graphic arts and stories, tales and poems, and more, all reflecting each state’s characteristic essence.

Originally published as a special gift to our nonprofit grantees, Messages from Oregon, Messages from Washington, Messages from Montana, Messages from Idaho and Messages from Alaska are now available to our grantees and other nonprofit organizations upon request. We provide copies to individuals upon their donation to a charity of their choice. Email or call 360-694-8415 to request Message Books.

We began the series with Messages from Oregon, the state where Jack Murdock began his creative work at Tektronix, seeding the Trust’s endowment.

The series continues with Messages from Washington, the state where Jack lived and established a Piper Aircraft distributorship.

The third in the series is Messages from Montana, a state draped over the continental divide like a saddle over a fine steed.

The fourth publication is Messages from Alaska, focusing on the frontier state where so many of Jack’s Super Cub planes were flown.

The final book in the series is Messages from Idaho, whose cover serves as a reminder of that state’s fine trout species.


Reports & Studies

Murdock Trust program directors and staff members are respected authorities in their fields, often writing articles and contributing to scholarly publications, as well as publishing their own research studies and reports. We’re pleased to make this growing collection of insightful work available to you.

Importance of Board Leadership

Recognizing the important role that boards play in the overall health of nonprofits, we propose three potential program models.
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The Social and Economic Value of Private and Community Foundations

A ground-breaking study measuring the direct and indirect benefits foundation giving has on the America economy, released by the Philanthropic Collective in 2008
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