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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.



An Enriching Autumn

The primary goal of the Murdock Trust is to serve and support organizations that strengthen and uplift the social, spiritual, educational, scientific and artistic foundation of communities across the Pacific Northwest. One of the primary ways we do this is through our grantmaking, but the Trust is fortunate to have myriad other opportunities to engage […]
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Praying for Peace, Civility and Safety

By Steve Moore Like many of you, I was heartbroken to hear the news of a fatal shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, claiming the lives of 11 people attending Shabbat services. As details unfolded, the entire Murdock Trust family sent our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Tree of Life community […]
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The Murdock Trust has Moved!

After years of careful planning, we are excited to share that the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has officially moved into our new space in the heart of the recently opened Vancouver Waterfront development. The entire space is thoughtfully designed with the input and support of myriad partners representing all of the sectors we serve to […]
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With Gratitude to Nonprofits Across the Pacific Northwest

In this season of thankfulness, we at the Murdock Trust have much to be grateful for. We are humbled and privileged to support the work of the nonprofits in our region, who make it their missions to build up society and improve the lives of people in their communities. Day after day, they put boots […]
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Northwest Educators and Students Earn Top Honors at 2018 Murdock College Science Research Program Conference

Whitworth and Whitman professors headline awards given for outstanding efforts in science research and education For Immediate Release November 13, 2018 – A pair of Washington professors have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the fields of scientific research and education. This week, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced Dr. Kraig Wheeler, Hugh W. […]
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Celebrating the life of Carol Van Zytveld

There is a somber tone in the Murdock Offices this week as we absorb the loss of one of our beloved family members, Carol Van Zytveld, who passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. Carol became a part of the Murdock Trust more than 20 years ago when her husband, John, joined us as […]
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Welcoming new faces to the Murdock Trust

As the leaves turn and summer turns to fall, change is in the air in the Murdock Trust offices. Recently, two new faces joined our ranks. Please join us in welcoming Francesca Cruz and Claire Frankenfield! Claire Frankenfield is a Nashville native and graduate of Auburn University where she earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies […]
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Celebrating Jim Martin

When one of our staff members celebrates their one-year anniversary with the Murdock Trust, they receive a Jack Murdock bobble head with the slogan “What would Jack do?” The memento is designed to provide a regular reminder as to our mission and the legacy of our benefactor that we strive to uphold every day. For […]
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Julie Cieloha-Whitney Joins USO Northwest Board

Throughout the history of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, our staff has been encouraged to give back and serve the individual causes, organizations and groups to which they personally feel connected. This month, our very own Julie Cieloha-Whitney, Murdock Trust CFO, achieved a very special milestone as she was selected to serve on the Board […]
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Celebrating Jan Kennedy Ferguson

This month, our Trustees will meet to review our most recent collection of grant applications. This quarter’s meeting will be quite bittersweet because, after a 20-year career serving nonprofits across the Pacific Northwest, the incomparable Jan Kennedy Ferguson will retire from her role as a Program Director with the Murdock Trust. “We are so grateful […]
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