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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.



Welcome Rudy Carrasco to the Murdock Trust

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The Murdock Trust is excited to share that Rudy Carrasco, a 29-year veteran of nonprofit and community service, will join our team as our newest Program Director! A Stanford University graduate, Rudy brings extensive experience working in education, economic and leadership development through his professional and volunteer roles. “We are excited to have Rudy bring […]
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Welcome Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks to the Murdock Trust

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In addition to our hardworking staff who call our Vancouver, WA offices home, the Murdock Trust is fortunate to also count a collection of incredibly wise, passionate professionals from around the country as Senior Fellows. Advising on myriad topics, these esteemed experts bring a wealth of experience from a variety of backgrounds and networks to […]
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Welcome Dave Kresta – Visiting Scholar

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Throughout the years, the Murdock Trust has been fortunate to welcome a host of outstanding minds and leaders who share their gifts with us as Visiting Scholars. That tradition continues this month as we welcome Dave Kresta to the Murdock Family. Passionate about improving how local churches and faith-based non-profits address poverty, inequality, and other […]
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Evaluating Our Efforts

Murdock Trust Completes Center for Effective Philanthropy Comprehensive Assessment of Work; Receives Top Marks Feedback is critical to the success of any organization. The only way we know we are hitting our targets and can identify areas for improvement is by engaging in a regular dialogue with our partners and stakeholders. In this dialogue it […]
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Working for the Common Good: The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector – A Year in the Life of the Murdock Trust

“Every day has 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 opportunities to make a positive impact.” -Les Brown The first weeks of the New Year bring a special type of energy. Psychologically, we see the turning of the calendar as an opportunity for a fresh start. Pair this with an infusion of enthusiasm fueled by […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Jesse Richards as Visiting Scholar

Inspiring scholarship, investing in education and supporting underrepresented communities are among the top priorities for the Murdock Trust team. Through our grantmaking and enrichment programs, we work year-round to serve groups across the Pacific Northwest that work tirelessly to educate young people in our region, and we’re always looking for opportunities for collaboration with partners […]
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Happy Holidays from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

As we prepare to put a bow on 2017 and unwrap a fresh new year, the team at the Murdock Trust will be celebrating the greatest gift of all – our grantees. From the northern reaches of Alaska to the desert of eastern Oregon, from the great plains of Montana to the lush forests of […]
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Join Today’s International Day of Generosity

Today, millions of individuals all around the globe will join together to celebrate the spirit of generosity as they participate in #GivingTuesday.   Founded as a response to the commercialization and emphasis on “buy, buy, buy” sparked by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for everyone to take a moment and […]
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Celebrating Joyce White

This last weekend, I was privileged to join many others at a celebration honoring the retirement of Joyce White, the Executive Director of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. For nearly twenty years, Joyce has provided thoughtful, kind, encouraging leadership to this group of foundations and its leaders. I have deeply appreciated Joyce and her […]
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Giving Thanks for the Light This Holiday Season

It is a busy season around our offices this time of year. Like many nonprofit organizations, we are working diligently to reflect on our work over the previous months and finalize our strategic plans for the coming year, all while balancing holiday vacations and festivities. It can be easy to get caught up in the […]
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