Native Village of Tazlina, Alaska
As I review our 2022 Annual Report, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the significant and diverse array of leaders and institutions who work for human flourishing each day in a variety of ways. This gratitude extends to the Murdock Trust team for their deep commitment to our grantees, stakeholders, and partners. This gratitude animates and grounds a growing vision of the many good possibilities and outcomes we are all working toward this year. 2022 presented our community, our region, and our country with a variety of intractable challenges, both new and chronic. In the face of these challenges, our annual report reflects leaders who continued to believe in possibility: the possibility of personal change, the possibility of organizational and systemic change, and the possibility of societal change that positively impacts lives, families, systems, and communities now and into the future. We see so many reasons for hope and optimism. In this report alone are hundreds of examples of individuals and organizations dedicated to developing innovative, sustainable solutions to the most intractable challenges of our day.
It was an honor to join the Murdock Trust as CEO in 2022 and continue the missional work and philanthropic legacy of our benefactor, Jack Murdock, supporting organizations that help individuals and families flourish. Jack believed strongly in the life-changing impact that can come from fostering innovative ideas and the dedicated service of nonprofit organizations working on the front lines of need. In Jack’s time and today, the Pacific Northwest exists as a hub of these principles. A region flush with dedicated leaders seeking to serve the common good, backed by innovative developments exemplified in our ecosystem of technological and biomedical leadership, to name a few, inspired by a broad array of diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
I was truly touched by the warm welcome I received from the Trust’s staff, but also from countless constituents across the Pacific Northwest who reached out in a spirit of community and connection. The Pacific Northwest stands uniquely poised to model the power and impact that can be found through unconventional coalitions, collaboration throughout our communities, and an innovative spirit that seeks solutions for the betterment of all. Considering our near 50 years of dedicated partnership within this region, we recognize the opportunity we have to play a role in facilitating and helping to model principles that foster innovative solutions to our most persistent challenges.
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to engage with so many talented, dedicated, hard-working individuals seeking to serve the common good. But my gratitude also comes from what my role at the Trust represents on a much broader scale. My service at the Trust will be one link in that much longer chain of servant leaders (Trustees, senior leaders, and staff) who have worked to uplift the community investments of others. I remain grateful to my predecessor, Steve Moore, for his wisdom and support in our transition and for his 16 years of tireless service to the work of the Trust. The work we do in the future will be built on the foundation laid by Steve and so many other staff and leaders who have worked at the Trust since 1975. The work we do is not confined to ourselves. The tributaries of impact from those who have come before us flow into our work each day, and our impact ripples forward in ways we cannot completely fathom today. I hope our report inspires each of us in our service to others.
I hope that you enjoy our 2022 Annual Report, and that as you read, you can sense the incredible ripples of positive impact that will come from the leaders and organizations highlighted within who make it their mission to serve others. The future of the Pacific Northwest is bright because so many are working for the common good.
Chief Executive Officer
From the CEO
Special Grants Initiatives
Though in many ways we have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of those disruptions will be felt for years to come. For that reason, we have been grateful to continue offering special grant initiatives that address many of the areas of life impacted by the pandemic, such as mental health, youth well-being, and the resilience of the arts. In 2022, we also piloted a new team building initiative that provided nonprofit staff with resources to invest in employee care and team development. See all our special grant initiatives below and join us in celebrating the spirit of resilience and renewal at work in Pacific Northwest nonprofits.
Special Grants by Initiative:
COVID-19 Arts & Culture Resilience, $3,566,000 through 7 grants
COVID-19 Camps, $3,366,500 through 10 grants
COVID-19 Immigrant, $445,600 through 3 grants
COVID-19 Mental Health, $948,700 through 7 grants
COVID-19 Refugee, $448,000 through 1 grant
COVID-19 Youth Well-Being, $8,169,060 through 44 grants
Leading Through Change, $4,748,000 through 6 grants
Team Building Care and Development, $5,539,675 through 158 grants
Innovation in the Pacific Northwest
“We’re not going to solve society’s most intractable problems and create thriving in the common good by just doing what we’ve always done.” – Romanita Hairston, CEO
It’s easy to think of innovation as the game-changing discoveries that reshape society, like the internet, the mobile phone, or the electric car. But in reality, innovation happens all around us, every day. At its core, innovation is the process of taking something that exists and making it better by introducing something new – a new idea, a new process, a new method of thinking. Smart, hardworking people are innovating every day to solve the modern challenges we face by looking at what exists through a new lens.
In 2022, we met with some of the nonprofit leaders and visionaries bringing innovation to Pacific Northwest communities. We are excited to share three videos that spotlight creative solutions to complex challenges facing healthcare, education, and housing. Join us in celebrating the innovative spirit at play in our region with these short films.
Our Grantees at Work
Our work at the Murdock Trust would not be possible without the thousands of nonprofits we are proud to partner with across the Pacific Northwest. These organizations serve countless individuals and communities through programs in arts and culture, education, health, human services, and scientific research. Below is just a fraction of the many incredible organizations that received a grant in 2022.
The late, great poet Mary Oliver once gave three pithy rules for how best to live a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
At the Murdock Trust, we have the profound honor to do just that. We pay attention to the needs of our neighbors in the Pacific Northwest, and as Mr. Rogers once told us, we’re in the business of “looking for the helpers” and empowering them. As these helpers fulfill their remarkable roles and callings, we hear reports of all of the amazing work happening in the field, and time after time, year over year, we are astonished.
In 2022, the Enrichment team at the Murdock Trust, with the help of over 40 faculty and coaches, were able to walk alongside over 600 organizations and over 1,600 individual leaders through 36 programs designed to build capacity in nonprofits.
In our development, trainings, convenings, and capacity-building educational work, we have a front row seat to your organizations. From gatherings of executive directors using fly fishing as a modality of healing to hosting the largest undergraduate scientific research conference in our region, we see a vibrant, dynamic network of nonprofits breathing intentional, innovative life into our region. Through thoughtful public service and new forays into the entrepreneurial spirit, you remind your communities of the good, the true, and the beautiful.
And here at the Murdock Trust, we get to tell about it. It is our privilege to spread the good news far and wide of the communities you impact and the lives you transform locally, nationally, and globally. How you pay attention to the faces, voices, and stories that surround you. How you use athletics and the arts to offer belonging and how you use scientific research to bring hope and life. You heal, educate, and uplift. You see, serve, and care.
The Murdock Trust’s commitment to enrich executive leaders, governing boards, fundraising efforts, and scientific education through our key enrichment programs is another way we see the power of the good work you do. What a gift it is to partner with you, to invest in your organizations through our conferences, cohorts, and convenings, to hear your stories of growth, improvement, innovation, and expansion and then to spread the word that good is still alive and still beautiful.
Thank you for being astonishing.
Vice President, Nonprofit Leadership & Development
Changing Faces in 2022
Total Assets, Grants Approved, & Grants Paid
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- Fixed Income
- Real Estate (debt-back, lower risk)
- Private Credit (lower risk)
- Infrastructure (lower risk)
- Public Equity
- Private Credit/Mezzanine (higher risk)
- Real Estate (equity financed, higher risk)
- Distressed Debt
- Private Equity Secondaries
- Infrastructure (higher risk)
- Evergreen Strategies
- Private Equity
- Venture Capital
- Growth Equity
Meet Jack Murdock
The late Melvin J. “Jack” Murdock, co-founder of Tektronix, Inc., was an entrepreneurial leader with business interests throughout the Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in southeast Portland, Jack turned a passion for radio and electronics repair into one of the largest employers in Oregon’s history through innovation and a commitment to building a workplace where his team could thrive.
Upon his untimely death in 1971, his will directed three Trustees to establish a charitable trust “to nurture and enrich the educational, cultural, social and spiritual lives of individuals, families and community.”
To serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.