Democracy and civil discourse are vital to a healthy society. It is only when the voices of all people are heard and everyone is represented that we can truly work toward the common good. The Murdock Trust fosters partnerships with nonprofits that are keeping immigrant families safe and together, raising up the next generation of leaders to stand up against intolerance and improve their communities, and helping people look outside themselves to address the needs of their neighbors.
Through the study of the Holocaust and learning that emphasizes critical thinking, the Holocaust Center teaches students to stand up to bullying, prejudice, and intolerance. A new Trust-funded staff member provides higher quality outreach and trainings to teachers in public, private, and homeschools, as well as youth detention programs, with the goal of reaching 50,000 students in the next three years.
NWIRP assists families and individuals fleeing civil wars and violence in Central America. Volunteer lawyers represent immigrants facing deportation and detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. A Trust grant funds a full-time attorney to represent people detained in the detention center with the goal of keeping families together as allowed under asylum and immigration laws.
Located in Spokane, Washington, Generation Alive facilitates service projects for young people to identify and address needs in their communities, such as hunger and human trafficking. The Trust funded the creation of a development program at Generation Alive to help address growth and sustainability.
Headwaters Economics is an independent research group of economists, ecologists, geographers, and communications specialists who work with local communities facing natural resource and economic development challenges. The Trust funded new staff to help community leaders with important decision-making by providing education and understanding of their local economies.
Based in Seattle, Washington Policy Center is a nonpartisan, free-market think tank that works to improve lives by reaching policymakers and citizens through legislative testimony, media outreach, publications, and conferences and forums. WPC expanded a program with the help of a Trust grant to engage young professionals in community leadership.