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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: 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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Grants in Action: Pushing the Boundaries of Knowledge at Montana State University

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Researchers at Montana State University are hard at work studying our fundamental biology, identifying new healthcare techniques that could have a significant impact on critical work such as cancer diagnosis. In this video, faculty and administrators at the university share how new tools, funded in part by Murdock Trust grants, are helping to make this […]
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Grants at Work: Alpha Canada: Changing Lives by Building Community

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While the work of the Murdock Trust is mainly focused on five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana—we also partner with a small number of nonprofits in British Columbia. One of our grantees in the New Westminster area is Alpha Canada, which provides space for people of all backgrounds to engage […]
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Grants at Work: Covenant House Alaska

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Recently, the Covenant House Alaska outreach team found a teenager sleeping on a cardboard box in downtown Anchorage, struggling to stay warm in the entryway of a closed business. She was hungry and cold and didn’t have a place to call home. The team was familiar with the young woman and the complications of the […]
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Grants at Work: Innovative and Collaborative Research at the University of Idaho

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The University of Idaho is the leading national research university in its state, expending nearly $110 million annually to contribute to society’s health, knowledge and culture through research in the sciences, social sciences, engineering and art. Undergraduate and graduate students have access to the University’s skilled research professors and state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. At the […]
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