M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Helping support educators, students and academic administrators

Jack Murdock placed special emphasis on the importance and value of education as a means of inspiring innovation, strengthening communities and helping uplift individuals and families. The Murdock Trust seeks opportunities to invest in educational programs in both the traditional classroom setting, including K-12 and private and public colleges and universities, and the nontraditional setting such as community engagement programs, adult programs, arts appreciation efforts and scientific demonstrations.

A few of the areas in Education we fund include:

Private Higher Education · Seminaries · Nature Programs · Zoos & Aquariums · Art, Culture & History Museums

Grants Awarded

Education Grantee Stories

Making the Dream of College a Reality

With higher education becoming an increasingly important asset in a constantly shifting economy, post-secondary education can no longer be treated as a luxury.

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Willamette Heritage Center

After the Mission Mill Museum and Marion County Historical Society merged in 2010 to become the Willamette Heritage Center (WHC), the museum’s focus shifted to educating the public about the diverse culture in the Willamette Valley. 

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Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Last September, locals gathered in Port Townsend, Washington, to watch the daylighting of a juvenile female gray whale skeleton. The process of daylighting involves airing bones in the sunshine to bleach them and kill bacteria as a means of preserving them.

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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest

Benjamin Franklin
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The Trust guides nonprofit organizations through every level of their development through grants and other resources.

The Trust has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can make all the difference to you and your organization.