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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 at Work: Missoula Children’s Theater

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Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) takes children on week-long tours to perform around the United States. And for many of these young cast members, it’s their first time learning lines, memorizing choreography, taking direction and performing on stage in front of an audience. MCT’s little red trucks can be seen driving from town to town, mainly […]
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Oregon Symphony

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The Oregon Symphony has the distinction of being the oldest American orchestra west of the Mississippi, as well as one of the Murdock Trust’s very first grantees 42 years ago. Our partnership began with a grant to send the Symphony’s orchestra into schools in the Portland-Metro area to perform for nearly 42,000 students. Our most […]
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Grants at Work: The Providence Academy and the Legacy of Mother Joseph

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The Providence Academy is a unique jewel in the community of Vancouver, Washington, and is overseen by a Murdock Trust grantee, The Historic Trust. The Academy’s 7,000-square-foot ballroom is a popular wedding and event space, and small businesses work out of its 65 offices. The iconic silhouette of the Academy’s bell tower, with a view […]
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Grants at Work: Unity Care NW

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In 1982, a coalition of health professionals, community leaders and faith-based organizations identified unmet health care needs in Whatcom County, Washington, and founded Unity Care Northwest. Operating as a safety net clinic with three locations across the county, Unity Care provides a full range of high-quality and affordable services to low-income patients, including primary, dental, […]
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Grants at Work: West Mont

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In Helena, Montana, one nonprofit is giving low-income adults who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity for inclusion and participation in the community, safe and comfortable homes and residential care, meaningful and fulfilling work and the empowerment to make choices for their lives. West Mont has been a staple in Helena for 45 years, […]
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Grants at Work: Mt. Hood Town Hall Association

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One of the vital areas where nonprofits serve in our region is rural communities. People who live in more remote locations have fewer options for health care, grocery stores, banks and other facilities we find in abundance in urban and suburban areas. One small nonprofit in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge is making a big […]
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Grants at Work: Preserving the history of the Manhattan Project

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During World War II, America led an effort to develop a functional atomic weapon. Its code name: the Manhattan Project. Some 125,000 people from a variety of backgrounds secretly worked on this project, and many were unaware of the project’s purpose. The history of the Manhattan Project is extensive and fascinating, and the Atomic Heritage […]
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Grants at Work: Studying the Stars and Expanding Horizons for Science and Students

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The Milky Way provides a template to study galaxy formation and evolution across cosmological times, essentially giving astronomers a fossil record of the history of star formation and accretion. The structure of the Milky Way’s inner region, known as the Galactic Bulge, is an unsettled topic in astronomy, but variable stars called RR Lyrae reveal […]
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Grants in Action: Understanding Evolution in the Pacific Northwest

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Throughout his life, Jack Murdock was driven to understand how things worked. In his Southeast Portland repair shop, he investigated the internal functions of the radio and many other electronic devices. It was this passion for knowledge and understanding that helped him develop a new version of the oscilloscope with Tektronix co-founder Howard Vollum and […]
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Grants at Work: The Center for Large Landscape Conservation

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The Northern Rockies are home to the greatest diversity of large carnivores and hoofed mammals in the United States, including grizzly bears, lynx, wolverines, elk, bighorn sheep, bison and moose. Western states have been in the process of identifying corridors and crucial habitats for these and other animals, but with little concern for the impact […]
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