M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Every year, we take time to celebrate the life and legacy of our founder, Jack Murdock, with our Founder’s Day event. On June 30, in celebration of our 42nd year, Murdock staff, Trustees, and friends gathered to honor the people and partnerships that make our region great and carry on the values of our founder.

Founder's Day 2017

A diverse group of nearly 450 leaders from nonprofits, businesses, government, and the local community came together at the Pearson Airfield in Vancouver, Washington, where Jack’s office was located almost 50 years ago. Among those attending were several individuals and groups who we honored for their service:

  • Lyn Swanson, who recently retired after 30 years of service as Trustee to become the first Trustee Emeritus
  • Van Hoisington, one of our longest investment partners, who has faithfully managed the Trust’s assets for 36 years
  • Representatives from the YMCAs in our region, who we recognized for 40 years of partnership with the Trust through grants totaling more than $10 million
  • Joyce White, who is retiring after many years of excellent service as executive director of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
  • Staff from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, friends and peers in philanthropy who came to visit all the way from Idaho
  • The American Soul Brothers, engaging entrepreneurs who shared their delicious and affordable BBQ sauces with everyone

Our summer interns delighted our guests with their commentary and presentation during the program, lovely music and delicious food and beverages were enjoyed by all, and many wonderful connections were made among those attending Founder’s Day. Thank you to all those who celebrated with us and who help keep Jack’s legacy alive through the great work you do.

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