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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.



Building Capacity – Winter Grants Report

The first months of the year emphasize rebuilding and reinvestment. In many ways, this is the season of capacity building. Beginning with new year’s resolutions and then buoyed by the unique, vibrant energy of spring, this is a time of year when we pay close attention to how we are building ourselves, our organizations and […]
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Light Breaking Through

The new year always brings a joyous energy of opportunity as we turn the page to open an untouched calendar, set forth on a fresh plan of action and draft goals for serving and working in the days ahead. This spirit of momentum and enthusiasm is also buoyed by the world outside our windows where, […]
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An Attitude of Gratitude

As part of our orientation for new staff, we had the opportunity to travel and meet with nonprofit leaders from a variety of sectors. This is a practice we follow because it provides critical context for every member of our organization. Each visit helps bring the mission of our nonprofit partners to life in a […]
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Building Bridges

The long, relaxed days of summer are officially upon us, and we will all enjoy spending the next several months soaking up the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We enter this season with an air of appreciation, grateful that at our Spring Grants Meeting our Trustees approved 41 grants totaling $9.3 million. Below you will find […]
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The Power of Spring

This time of year always carries its own special energy. People are out and about, giving time and resources as they work to serve and improve their communities. As the winter thaw settles in, days become longer and the sun encourages blooms and blossoms to make their debut. There’s a palpable energy in the air. […]
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A Joyous New Year

While eyes turn to the fresh promise of a new year, the team at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is still basking in the joys of the holiday season. In the midst of the festive final weeks of 2017, the Trust approved 87 grants to organizations serving the Pacific Northwest, totaling just over $17 million. […]
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Investing in the Future of Our Youth

Summer came to a quick close this year, with much-welcome rain heralding autumn, as it usually does in the Pacific Northwest. Here at the Murdock Trust, we have a familiar routine to close out summer and ring in the fall season. Our team has the privilege every year of visiting nonprofit organizations in a different […]
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Bipartisan Charity Act, Founder’s Day Celebration, and $13.4 Million Invested in the PNW

We recently celebrated the Murdock Trust’s 42nd anniversary with nearly 500 leaders from across the Northwest. Our annual Founder’s Day celebration was held at the historic Fort Vancouver Trust and provided an opportunity to honor retiring Trustee Lyn Swanson, who is now our first Trustee Emeritus. Lyn was presented with a beautiful glass airplane crafted […]
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Melinda Gates, Leadership Matters, 101 Grants, & Encouraging Generosity

Melinda Gates is a computer scientist turned philanthropist who, along with her husband, Bill, gives leadership in many ways in the nonprofit world, particularly in addressing global health issues. I have long appreciated their work, as well as their self-reflection. Recently, Melinda reflected on their work and the lessons they have learned from talking with […]
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Nearly $9.7 Million Awarded in Fall 2016

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust closed out 2016 with our final grants meeting investing nearly $9.7 million in more than 50 organizations.  That combined with prior grants awarded in 2016, brought the total investment in nonprofits in 2016 to $48.96 million. While the election season and inauguration have been grabbing the headlines in recent weeks, […]
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