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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: Dogs for Better Lives

Personal autonomy and independence are at the core of quality of life for many people. Too often, people experiencing disability—whether visible or invisible—must sacrifice some measure of independence in their day-to-day lives. Assistance dogs can be a powerful tool for restoring autonomy and independence, but the cost of these highly trained dogs can be a […]
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Grants in Action: Bozeman Health

Bozeman Health has provided health care to rural southwest Montana for more than a century, carrying out its mission to improve community health and quality of life. A longtime Murdock grantee, BH completed two recent expansions to its Bozeman Health Cancer Center to better meet the health needs of its patients, their families, and the […]
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Grants in Action: Elgin Opera House

In the small town of Elgin in Southern Oregon, the century-old Elgin Opera House is considered the geographic and civic heart of the 1,700-member community. Over the years, the Opera House had fallen into disrepair, and local citizens rallied to preserve the building and restore it to its original splendor as a performing arts venue […]
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Grants in Action: Arctic Broadcasting Association

Broadcasting out of Nome, Alaska, for nearly 60 years, Arctic Broadcasting Association (ABA) airs programming, news, music and weather to native Alaskan villages throughout western Alaska and into the Russian Far-East. KICY AM and FM are the only radio stations that reach some of these rural and hard-to-access communities, giving them a bridge to the […]
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Grants in Action: Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Last September, locals gathered in Port Townsend, Washington, to watch the daylighting of a juvenile female gray whale skeleton. The process of daylighting involves airing bones in the sunshine to bleach them and kill bacteria as a means of preserving them. The whale had died a year prior from a collapsed lung in Elliott Bay […]
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Grants in Action: A new auditorium for Bozeman

The Willson Auditorium is the oldest, largest and most utilized performing arts space in the Bozeman community, seating 1,100 in its auditorium and reaching 90,000 community members each year. More than 20 community organizations use the space, including the Bozeman Symphony, Intermountain Opera, Montana Ballet and local and visiting dance troupes. Additionally, a large number […]
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Willamette Heritage Center

After the Mission Mill Museum and Marion County Historical Society merged in 2010 to become the Willamette Heritage Center (WHC), the museum’s focus shifted to educating the public about the diverse culture in the Willamette Valley. To better carry out that mission, WHC redesigned and reinterpreted the permanent exhibits in the historic houses on site […]
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Grants in Action: Teton Valley Health Care

An emergency room is often the first line of defense for residents and visitors in a rural community. Up-to-date equipment and well-laid-out facilities are essential for evaluating, diagnosing and caring for patients who come to the emergency room, and an x-ray machine is one of its most utilized pieces of equipment. Teton Valley Health Care […]
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Grants in Action: Hockaday Museum of Art

For more than 40 years, Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana, has housed one of the largest permanent collections of historic and contemporary art of Glacier National Park. The museum’s permanent collection holds more than 800 artworks, 5,000 photographs and negatives and 3,000 titles in its library. Through a Murdock Trust grant, the museum […]
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Grants in Action: Portland State University

Researchers at Portland State University (PSU) in Oregon study models of the atmosphere for two reasons: to understand how aerosols influence global atmospheric conditions, and to understand how transportation choices affect the local atmosphere. The aim is to design changes that will reduce pollutants while still allowing efficient movement of people and goods. With support […]
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