M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
By the Numbers:

Summer 2023


Total Granted


Grants Awarded






We are pleased to share that at the Murdock Trust Summer Grants Meeting,

Trustees approved 64 grants totaling $20,190,000 to nonprofit organizations across the Pacific Northwest.

As you read this Summer Grants Report, we hope you feel encouraged about the life-giving work taking place across our region. While kids were showing up to summer camps and families and friends were hitting the trails together, scientists were making advancements in labs. Audiences were enjoying artistic performances. Many individuals were receiving the care they need to start a journey toward flourishing. While there is always more work to be done and more challenges to face together, we trust that this report can be a brief reminder that every day, vital work is taking place in our communities.

To all our grantees and collaborators for the common good, thank you for the part you play in creating a Pacific Northwest where everyone has a chance to thrive!

Featured Grantees


Alutiiq Heritage Foundation

Museum expansion and renovation will help preserve and share the heritage and living culture of the Alutiiq people.

Raven Radio Foundation

This community radio station will receive new broadcasting equipment to better serve Sitka and the surrounding coastal region.

The Glory Hall

A grant will help The Glory Hall build affordable housing units, supporting their mission to overcome homelessness and achieve community health and dignity in Juneau.


Children’s Home Society

Facility renovations will help this nonprofit provide more mental health care services for youth in Idaho.

Because International

This Idaho-based nonprofit will be able to increase the impact of its Shoe That Grows in global communities thanks to a new staff member.

Museum of North Idaho

Museum renovation and expansion will bring new house exhibits, art, and educational resources to the Coeur d’Alene area.


Montana Food Bank Network

A Trust grant will support the construction of a new facility so that this vital nonprofit can continue to bring nutritious food to Montanans in need.

Chinook Horses

Chinook Horses provides individuals and families opportunities to practice equine-assisted therapy, and new staff will help them take their nonprofit to the next level.

Five Valleys Land Trust

New staff will help Five Valleys Land Trust support endowment growth so it can continue to protect western Montana’s natural legacy.


Birch Community Services

New program staff will help Birch Community Services provide financial education to more families in the Portland area.

Echo Theater Company

Echo Theater Company provides acrobatics, trapeze, aerial dance and physical theatre programs to the Portland community, and new staff will help expand their services.

University of Oregon Foundation

A new electron energy loss spectrometer detector for a microscope at the University of Oregon will benefit researchers across the Pacific Northwest.

Camp Fire Central Oregon

Thanks to new staff, more camping opportunities will open up for youth to explore their environment, give back to their community, and expand their potential.


For the first time, this innovative dance company will have an executive director to increase its programming and community outreach in Eugene.


Friends of the Children Seattle

A grant for new program staff will help impact generational change in Seattle by empowering youth through professional mentors.


A facility renovation will enable this nonprofit to better serve those with physical and intellectual disabilities in Pierce County.

Pacific Lutheran University

Investment in pre-health sciences education through facility renovations will set up this university to serve its students and community in new ways.

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity

Renovations for a new affiliate headquarters will build capacity in this impactful nonprofit to enhance services to first-time homebuyers.

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

New staff will enable more youth to harness the power of music education to enter onto pathways of artistic excellence, intellectual development, and emotional growth.

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