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Grants at Work: Museum of the Rockies: From Fossils to Outer Space

A full-size replica of a T-Rex skeleton stands guard at the entrance to Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. Once guests step through the doors, they find something even more impressive: the Taylor Planetarium. One of only a handful of planetariums in the world to offer state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection technologies, it gives visitors […]
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Working for the Common Good: The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector – A Year in the Life of the Murdock Trust

“Every day has 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 opportunities to make a positive impact.” -Les Brown The first weeks of the New Year bring a special type of energy. Psychologically, we see the turning of the calendar as an opportunity for a fresh start. Pair this with an infusion of enthusiasm fueled by […]
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Partners in Science: Inspiring Award-Winning Work Across the Northwest

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The Partners in Science program blends two of Jack Murdock’s deepest passions—scientific research and inspired education. Through this program we pair high school science educators from across the Pacific Northwest with a research mentor in an academic lab or in a lab associated with a nonprofit research institution. For two summers, the two work together […]
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A Weekend of Passion and Science in San Diego

Effective methods of marking and sorting individual cells for study. Behavioral patterns of invasive marine species. How cancers develop, and new data on possible treatments. These were just a few of the dozens of subjects discussed during an action-packed two days at the annual Partners in Science National Conference held earlier this month in San […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Jesse Richards as Visiting Scholar

Inspiring scholarship, investing in education and supporting underrepresented communities are among the top priorities for the Murdock Trust team. Through our grantmaking and enrichment programs, we work year-round to serve groups across the Pacific Northwest that work tirelessly to educate young people in our region, and we’re always looking for opportunities for collaboration with partners […]
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Grants at Work: Pilchuck Glass School

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains on what used to be a tree farm, world-renowned artists and instructors teach glass art at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Pilchuck was co-founded by Dale Chihuly nearly 40 years ago and has become the world’s most comprehensive glass art education center, offering intensive residential instruction […]
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Celebrating Those Serving the Common Good

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As our nation celebrates the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, we at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust want to take a moment to honor the countless organizations and individuals who work tirelessly for the common good. In these two videos, we capture a small sampling of the groups that […]
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Sowing the Seeds of Scholarship at Whitworth University in Spokane

On a warm autumn day, students crisscross the grounds of Whitworth University. They move between classrooms and buildings along pathways that meander beneath countless towering pine trees. While some of these trees pre-date the institution that has helped mold young minds for more than a century, their growth mirrors the school’s own growth over the […]
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A Joyous New Year

While eyes turn to the fresh promise of a new year, the team at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is still basking in the joys of the holiday season. In the midst of the festive final weeks of 2017, the Trust approved 87 grants to organizations serving the Pacific Northwest, totaling just over $17 million. […]
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The Power of Noticing a Problem

by John Franklin • January 2018 Many nonprofits are birthed when someone identifies a need and takes action to meet it. One of the privileges of serving as a program director at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is that I get to meet inspiring people who identify an unmet need and have the courage and […]
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