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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.



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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Founder’s Day 2019

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The Murdock Trust staff recently marked our 44th year of serving the common good of the Pacific Northwest at our annual Founder’s Day celebration. The day is one of the highlights of our year for two main reasons: Founder’s Day presents a unique opportunity for our entire staff to have the chance to connect, in […]
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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Surpasses One Billion Dollars in Giving

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With most recent grant award, Vancouver, WA, foundation has invested more than $1 billion in Pacific Northwest communities since launching in 1975 [Vancouver, WA, June 28] – The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced today that it has officially made more than $1 billion in cumulative grants to nonprofits that serve the Pacific Northwest since opening […]
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What Does $1 Billion in Grants Look Like?

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At our most recent grant meeting, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust crossed an incredible milestone, surpassing $1 billion in cumulative grants since opening our doors in 1975. This is an exciting moment for our team, offering a testament to the hard work of every Murdock Trust staff member and partner over a 44-year period, including […]
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The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust 2018 Annual Report

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We are pleased to share that the 2018 M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Annual Report is now available online and in digital pdf form. This report provides a detailed look at our grantmaking, enrichment programs and convening efforts over the last 12 months. All told, in 2018 the Murdock Trust made 244 total grants to nonprofits […]
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