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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.



Contributing to History: Lyn Swanson’s Role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

One of the amazing things about science is the way research and developments can ripple on for years and even decades, “building on the shoulders of giants” and impacting change in ways we never even imagined. At the Murdock Trust, we’ve seen an incredible example of this impact first hand in just the last few […]
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Helping Arts & Cultural Groups Thrive in the Pacific Northwest

Rural arts organizations gain critical support, training through foundation partnership A collection of 16 arts and culture nonprofits facing significant challenges and opportunities for growth will receive vital support through a new collaborative program involving eleven Northwest nonprofit foundations. Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and Southwest Washington is a two-year teaching and mentorship initiative. The curriculum […]
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On the Road with the Murdock Trust Team

At the Murdock Trust, we’re fortunate to spend our days working hand-in-hand with countless nonprofit organizations that make a direct, positive impact on their local communities. While we are exposed to their inspiring efforts every day in our offices, few things lift our spirits as high as when we have the opportunity to visit our […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Chief Investment Officer

The Murdock Trust is pleased to welcome Elmer Huh, who started his role as chief investment officer in August 2017. Elmer was selected after an extensive national search, touching over one hundred prospective candidates. Elmer has more than 20 years in the field of public/private equity and alternative investing and joins the Trust from Ernst […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Oregon Fellow

The Murdock Trust is proud to welcome Camille Idedevbo as a nine-month Oregon Fellow. A Pepperdine University graduate, Camille Idedevbo will serve as an Oregon Fellow. The Fellow Program, an initiative of the Oregon Leadership Development Institute, identifies meaningful, mentored internship opportunities across a variety of markets. This professional relationship is meant to provide an […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Administrative Services Coordinator

This week the Murdock Trust team welcomed Megan Keim as our new administrative services coordinator. A strong business professional with a background in corporate strategy, property management and business valuation analysis, Megan Keim will serve as administrative services coordinator. In this role, Megan will support the mission of the Trust by providing project management, as […]
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Remembering Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michael Cromartie, vice president at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) and director of the Faith Angle Forum, has passed away at age 67. Under Cromartie’s leadership, the Faith Angle Forum brought together journalists and scholars from across the nation to talk about the role that faith and religious belief has in American culture […]
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Program Director David Austin Appointed to Executive Management Group of the World Food Programme

After serving as program director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for three years, David Austin has been invited to join the executive management group of the World Food Programme (WFP). Beginning in early September, he will manage the office of David Beasley, who was appointed executive director of WFP by the United Nations Secretary-General in […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes Director of Communications

The Murdock Trust is proud to announce that Colby Reade, APR, will join the staff this September as director of communications. Reade was selected from a broad pool of candidates from around the Pacific Northwest following an extensive search process. Most recently a senior account supervisor with the creative agency CMD, Reade has a 14-year […]
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Celebrating a Career and Service to the Community

Jeff Grubb, a Trustee of the Murdock Trust, recently retired after a 35-year career in banking from Wells Fargo, where he served in a leadership role for 12 years. More than 200 civic, business, nonprofit and community leaders gathered at the Portland Art Museum on August 10 to recognize his outstanding service to the community […]
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