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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.



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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Keeping the Promise

Understanding the three kinds of promises nonprofits must keep to serve their constituents. By Moses Lee • June 2018 “Keep every promise you make and only make promises you can keep.” — Anthony Hitt, President and CEO, Engel & Völkers North America In 2008, the Harvard Business Review published an article titled “Delivering on the […]
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How Faith is Helping Heal the Cultural Divide

by Jesse Richards • June 2018 It seems uncontroversial to assert that, currently, our country is deeply divided. And these divisions—across political, racial, and even religious lines—seem to be growing even deeper by the day. This does not bode well for the health of our public square. In his recent work, John Inazu—Professor of Law […]
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6 Functions of an Effective Board

My observations from the other side of the (boardroom) table by Jill Tatum • May 2018 One of my favorite parts of my job as a Program Director is making site visits with organizations. That’s when I get to hear in person about all of the excellent work being done by nonprofits in our region. […]
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Change Happens – Preparing For High Level Transitions

by Ron King • March 2018 The only constant in the world is change. We would love if great leaders could remain at the helm of an organization forever, but it is inevitable that every nonprofit will face the challenge of navigating executive transition at some point. In fact, that transition will likely be sooner […]
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Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

by Terry Stokesbary • March 2018 What Is Your Organization Doing to Develop Young Leaders? Like millions of others, I love the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Hamilton. This history-telling, history-making musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life and death through rap and hip-hop. It sounds like an unlikely combination, but as its popularity and critical […]
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The Power of Noticing a Problem

by John Franklin • January 2018 Many nonprofits are birthed when someone identifies a need and takes action to meet it. One of the privileges of serving as a program director at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is that I get to meet inspiring people who identify an unmet need and have the courage and […]
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Stand in the Gap for Vulnerable Children

by Romanita Hairston-Overstreet • October 2017 We know more than ever about how to help children who have suffered abuse and trauma. The headline stuck in my head. “Malnourished 5-year old girl found locked in closet under stairs.” It was like a second round of mortar piercing my heart following a news story I happened […]
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