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With the Murdock Trust’s continuous grantmaking, enrichment events and other diverse activities, programs and involvement, our staff and our nonprofit partners are constantly engaged in the work we do for our communities. When we publish news or make announcements, we’ll post these items here.



The Power of Proximity

A critical building block of any relationship is physical proximity.  By meeting face to face with partners in your community, you increase the likelihood of forming impactful relationships that can help lift your organization and community. But in this age of virtual meetings and conference calls, leaders find themselves with fewer and fewer opportunities for […]
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Giving Thanks

It feels hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a few days away. As we officially enter this season of gratitude, we wanted to know what members of the Murdock Trust team were thankful for this year. These are just a few examples of the myriad things for which we will give thanks in the […]
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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Honors Standout Educators and Students in Science Fields

Pacific Lutheran and Reed professors headline awards given for outstanding efforts in science research and education For Immediate Release November 11, 2019 – This week, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust continued its commitment to support and honor the important work of scientific research at predominantly undergraduate Pacific Northwest Universities at the twenty-eighth annual Murdock College […]
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New Faces Join the Murdock Trust

As the leaves turn and the air develops a familiar autumn chill, change is in the air all over the Pacific Northwest. This fall, we’re enjoying our own season of change at the Murdock Trust as we welcome several new faces to our team. Amy Winegardner, Events and Hospitality Coordinator Amy helps lead all internal […]
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Building Common Ground for the Common Good

We live in divisive times, where rifts are formed between friends and family members because of differences in opinion. It might be easier to simply cut someone off who you disagree with or who has different political views from you, but what if you put in the work to build common ground instead? Meeting someone […]
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Remembering Chuck Ferguson

When the brightest light is extinguished, it can make the resulting darkness feel that much more difficult to navigate. The same can be said for the depth of pain and emptiness that can be left behind when the most generous souls among us pass on. In this moment, the halls of the Murdock Trust have […]
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It’s Not a Donation, It’s an Investment

We often talk about the “nonprofit ecosystem.” When organizations collaborate with one another and grow upon each other’s strengths, it creates opportunities for all individuals, families and communities to flourish and thrive. This is an area where the business sector plays a critical role in a variety of ways. While many of these areas are […]
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The Impact of Unconventional Coalitions

The fruit of our labor grows on the trees of others. It’s a common refrain here at the Murdock Trust, because it’s true. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the amazing nonprofits we partner with. When they thrive, our mission succeeds. It’s a great picture of the importance of collaboration, and […]
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A Change at the Murdock Trust

Dr. Kimberly Thornbury will join the Trust as Senior Program Director for Enrichment following Terry Stokesbary’s retirement at end of 2019 The greatest asset the Murdock Trust has is the people who comprise our staff. We are fortunate to work with a dedicated, creative team that work tirelessly to help serve and support the myriad […]
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An Oregon Legacy That Continues to Serve

We’ve had the immense privilege this summer of celebrating a huge milestone at the Murdock Trust—crossing the $1 billion grant mark. This milestone would never have been possible without the foresight and investment of generosity by our benefactor, Jack Murdock. It’s fitting that we celebrated this momentous occasion at our annual Founder’s Day gathering, which […]
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