Gratitude is a central theme in the Murdock offices throughout the year. Whether it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, our team regularly takes time to show appreciation for our colleagues and partner organizations, as well as to celebrate and recognize the incredible work that takes place every day by our grantees. We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve and support hundreds of organizations providing positive impact in local communities from Alaska to Montana.
As the year winds down and our staff puts the final touches on work before buttoning up for the holiday weekend, we took to the hallways of the Murdock offices to ask our colleagues: what are some of the things you are personally thankful for this year? The response was overwhelming …
- “I’m thankful for the gift of my daughter. Turning a year old next month, she has shown me in this short time what it really looks like be courageous and resilient, has connected me to an amazing new community (shout-out to Northwest Down Syndrome Association!), and has brought endless joy and laughter into a world that needs it now more than ever. She is a bright and shining star and a true treasure.”
- “In 2017, I am grateful for my wife who has this amazing ability to see beauty and hope in absolutely everything.”
- “I am thankful that we get to spend every day working with a group of humble and compassionate professionals doing work that has real impact on the lives of people all over the Pacific Northwest and across the country.”
- “I am grateful to be able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family, including my 83-year-old parents.”
- “I am thankful for the birth of not one, but two, healthy, happy grandsons this year.”
- “This year, I am thankful for the return of my health after facing vertigo and virtual blindness in one eye. Though their effects on me only lasted about six weeks, they gave me a small taste of the challenges that those with disabilities must navigate daily.”
- “I am grateful to work with a group of caring and talented investment managers who help make the Murdock Trust’s mission possible.”
- “I am thankful and very proud of my daughter’s acceptance to Washington State University in the fall of 2018. Go Cougs!”
- “I am grateful to be blessed by a healthy, beautiful daughter who is surrounded by an extensive and loving family.”
But most importantly, the Murdock Trust family is grateful for the organizations, nonprofits, individuals and charities who choose to serve their communities through challenging, yet highly rewarding work.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.