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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.



Grants in Action: Foster Care

Hundreds of thousands of children—nearly half a million—are in foster care in the United States today. This number is staggering, and it’s overburdening the foster care system, which suffers from a lack of resources and a lack of training for foster parents. Many foster families report getting burned out from the lack of support, and […]
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Grants in Action: Rural Clinics

Simply by virtue of living in remote areas, Rural Americans are often grossly underserved in the area of health care. Rural Americans make up about 20 percent of the U.S. population, and they face many barriers to the availability of and access to quality health care, which can be rooted in a variety of areas, […]
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Grants in Action: Youth Camps

Across the Pacific Northwest, camp environments can be a critical element in both personal development and forging friendships and bonds that can last a lifetime. While most children experience camp during the summer time, many organizations and nonprofits host groups year-round for specific programs and events. Camp sites in every corner of our region provide […]
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Recreation, Education and Conservation: A Zoo’s Purpose

Zoos are more than a place for children to learn about and be exposed to animals they might not otherwise encounter. For many zoos, promoting conservation on behalf of wildlife is a key reason for their existence. Here are four zoos the Murdock Trust is proud to support in their missions to help endangered animals […]
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Grants in Action: What Makes a Thriving Community

Ensuring all individuals and communities in our region can flourish and thrive is central to the mission of the Murdock Trust. We recently talked with local leaders about this topic, and they shared their ideas for how we can work together for the thriving of our communities and our region. The Pacific Northwest is teeming […]
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Grants in Action: Preserving Vital Lands of the Pacific Northwest

Conserved land is vital to the health and safety of our communities, not only now, but for future generations. The land around us provides water, food, clean air and beautiful recreational spaces, and when land is well-managed, it provides protection from natural disasters and helps keep climate change in check. The Murdock Trust has partnered […]
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Grants In Action: The Ripple Effects of a Grant at Whitman College

Grants often have ripple effects on organizations in areas beyond what was funded. At Whitman College, a grant from the Murdock Trust four years ago has had a big impact on its science programs. Renovations to several laboratories in the college’s Hall of Science have paid huge dividends to Whitman professors, the students they collaborate […]
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Grants in Action: YMCA of Columbia-Willamette

Imagine going to summer camp and staying in a cabin that looks like a Hobbit house straight out of The Lord of the Rings, or in a treehouse-like cabin that hovers high in the treetops. Children and youth from all walks of life get to have these amazing experiences and more at YMCA of the […]
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Grants in Action: Center for Nonprofit Stewardship

Board members play a critical role in the success of nonprofit organizations. When Kathy DeYoung, a CPA by trade, joined a small nonprofit board for the first time, she quickly realized that board members lacked training opportunities and yet were responsible for governing these organizations that are so crucial to the well-being of their communities. […]
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The Arts: a vital part of community and democracy

Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and Southwest Washington is a two-year teaching and mentorship initiative that supports 16 arts and culture nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. A partnership between 11 local nonprofit foundations and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, the curriculum is designed to help nonprofits more effectively navigate the […]
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