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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.



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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Grants in Action: Young Life Malibu Club

Originally a resort for the Hollywood elite in the 1940s, Young Life’s Malibu Club hosts quite a different clientele these days. Since it opened in 1954, a quarter of a million teens have camped at Malibu in the beautiful Princess Louisa Inlet, 100 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Malibu is accessible only by boat […]
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Grants at Work: Klamath Ice Sports

Outdoor ice skating has been a tradition in the rural town of Klamath Falls, Oregon, for more than a century. The natural sheet of ice that townspeople skate on each winter was maintained by the city for decades, but it eventually became impossible to keep up due to climate change and budget constraints and was […]
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Grants at Work: Infectious Disease Research Institute

Think of the difference in information you get by looking at a single number versus looking at a picture. Imagine that you see the number 90 and are told that it’s the speed a car is traveling at. Now imagine that you see a picture of a car traveling at this speed, and you get […]
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Grants at Work: HealthPoint

The Boeing Bust of 1971 sent the local economy in King County, Washington, into a tailspin and left thousands of people without jobs. No means of income meant no way to pay for essential healthcare, and thus HealthPoint was born. What started as a grassroots response to this urgent need has since grown into a […]
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Celebrating the Arts Across the Pacific Northwest

Today’s blog post is by Annika Nyquist, one of the Murdock Trust summer interns. A graduate of North Park University, Annika is pursuing a career in the arts and nonprofit sector. The 21st century is undoubtedly a whirlwind era to be living in. A time that is filled with robust innovation, entertainment presented in the […]
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Grants at Work: Alaska Zoo

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When Anchorage grocer Jack Snyder won a contest in 1966, he had the option to pick $3,000 or a baby elephant as his prize. He picked the elephant, and she was soon delivered to his doorstep. Annabelle, who had previously worked for a circus, was the first pachyderm to live in Alaska since the ice […]
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