M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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 first-ever renovation since opening in 1963 will more than double its size, to 12 acres open to the public year-round. It’ll include: an expanded parking lot; a cascading waterfall; a handcrafted Japanese castle wall; a tea cafe; classroom, gallery and workshop space; a courtyard for performances and festivals; a research library; and four new gardens. It also soon will be home to a brand-new International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture.
The three new LEED-certified buildings — where the hub of construction activity is these days — were designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma, who is designing the National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The garden project got a major boost this month from a $750,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
Based in Vancouver, Washington, the trust supports organizations that provide educational and cultural work in creative and sustainable ways. This was one of their larger awards — about a dozen awards each year are more than $500,000, given to nonprofits in five Pacific Northwest states.”
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