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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.



The Changing Health of the Pacific Northwest

By Dr. Kent Thornburg, Senior Fellow Many people are under the impression that the health of Americans is improving.   This impression is based on factual reports in the media. For example, the life expectancy at birth increased linearly from 50 years in 1900 to 80 years in 2010.  Deaths from heart disease have decreased by […]
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Ripples of Service Around the Globe – Visiting Uganda

By Steve Moore “The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector” is one of the key themes that flows through the hallways of the Murdock Trust and fuels our work. Time and again, we have seen the outsized impact that a single idea or project or donation can have on the greater good. Like very few other […]
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The Five Habits of Highly Effective Funders (and Others)

“What do I need to do to become an effective philanthropist?” This was the question recently posed to Mario Morino and Lowell Weiss, who work with nonprofit and foundation leaders through the Leap Ambassadors Community. The person asking the question was at the beginning of their philanthropic journey, and it’s an important question to ask […]
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The Value of Reflection

As one of the program directors for the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, I have the honor each day of working with some of the most inspiring nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. Their missions are as diverse and verdant as the funding region we serve. At the Trust, we often start building relationships with these nonprofits […]
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Reflecting on How We Give

By Steve Moore, Executive Director, Murdock Trust It is once again that time of year when Americans must fire up their computers or visit their accountant and revisit their finances through the lens of Uncle Sam. As hundreds of millions of us file our taxes, we are once again reminded of the impact of the […]
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Growing People

How have mentors have impacted your life? Last night I was watching a TV series about time travel. Think Back to the Future meets It’s a Wonderful Life, with a little Dr. Who thrown in. As often happens in this genre, characters made small alterations in the past that result in dramatic changes to the […]
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Remembering President Bush: A Thousand Points of Light

Recently, the nation bid farewell to former President George H. W. Bush. As we have continued to reflect on his life and his legacy of service, it is obvious that he placed a high value on service,volunteers and nonprofit organizations. When President Bush accepted the presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention, he spoke […]
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Individual investments, massive impact

By Steve Moore $10 billion is a lot of money. According to recent data, that’s enough money to provide for close to 376,000 foster children for a full year. That amount of money could house more than 285,700 homeless individuals for a year. We could also provide healthcare for more than 357,000 families for that […]
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When is the Right Time to Hire a Development Director?

“Should I Hire a Development Director?” I hear this question a lot from leaders of small to mid-size nonprofits, especially from those leading organizations that have operated without paid professional development staff. This is certainly an important decision, and not an easy one to make. Many nonprofit leaders and boards operate with the false assumption […]
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Board Service

As the year begins to wind down, one of the topics that we frequently consider is how we want to make a difference in the next twelve months. While it is common to make a resolution to lose 10 pounds or increase our savings for retirement or finally get the garage in order, what about […]
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