M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Grant Publicity

Congratulations on your recent Murdock Trust grant!  Promoting (or not promoting) the grant is entirely up to you. Publicity is a tool you can use to increase awareness of your organization and the work that has been funded through the Trust.

We leave to your discretion the publicity of a grant and your project’s results. Publicity can be helpful by increasing the public’s awareness of your organization, your work, and your recent grant from the Murdock Trust.

Ideas and Guidelines for Promoting Your Grant

We may reach out to you in the future about developing a story or social media post about your recent grant and project.  Here are some ideas for promoting your grant and organization:

  • A press release sent to local media – Download our sample press release
  • An announcement posted on your website, blog, or newsletter
  • An announcement sent to your email/contact lists
  • A post on your social media accounts.  Please tag us at #murdocktrust or @murdocktrust and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

The Trust requests that press releases, publications, public addresses, and social media announcements resulting from a grant include acknowledgment of support by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. We are happy to assist you in reviewing these materials and providing content about the Trust.  If you would like to use our logo, please contact us in advance for a logo file and to confirm proper use.

Notifying Us of Your Grant Publicity

We would appreciate copies of any of these announcements as we may share the exciting news on our website and social media.  Please email announcements or requests for use of our logo to our communications team or call 360-694-8415.

We prefer that you not spend your valuable resources on plaques or other items that you may wish to send us in acknowledgement of the receipt of this grant. Having the privilege of supporting the great work you do is reward enough.

Share Your Work, Submit a Photo

We are continually sharing the good work of organizations with which we partner and are inviting you to submit a photo that is representative of your organization, your work, and the constituencies you serve. We may use this photo on our website, on social media, in publications, or to display in the Trust offices.

Download our photo submission tips and guidelines


Please email our communications team or call 360-694-8415.

About M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Brief statement about the Trust

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. murdocktrust.org

Extended statement about the Trust

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, and a resident of Vancouver, Washington. Since its establishment on June 30, 1975, with a bequest of about $91 million, the Trust has focused its grantmaking efforts primarily in five states of the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Trust’s current assets are valued at about $1.3 billion, and over the life of the Trust, nearly $1.1 billion has been distributed through more than 6,700 grants.

The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, cultural, and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways. Grants are awarded to a wide variety of organizations, including those that serve the arts, public affairs, education, scientific research, health and medicine, human services, and people with disabilities.

The Trust’s staff brings a wide range of experiences in the subject areas and activities necessary for thoughtful grantmaking and the investment of Trust assets. In addition to grantmaking activities, it is common Trust practice to convene groups of people to discuss issues of mutual interest. This practice is of great assistance to the Trust in exploring ways of responding to new grantmaking opportunities consistent with its mission, promoting a sharing of ideas and networking among participants, and understanding new developments and best practices in the various sectors in which the Trust works.

Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock

Jack Murdock was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 15, 1917. Upon graduating from Franklin High School, and with help from his parents, Jack chose to go into business rather than pursue a college education. He purchased a shop for the sale and service of radios and electrical appliances. There, in 1936, he began a long-term working relationship with his technician, Howard Vollum. Both served in WWII, where they gained additional education and experience in technology and electronics. Following the war, the men renewed their business partnership and, in 1946, became the principal co-founders of Tektronix.

Jack first served as vice president and general manager of Tektronix. In 1960 he was elected chairman of the board, a position he held until his untimely death on May 16, 1971, as a result of a float plane accident on the Columbia River. Tektronix has become one of the world’s prominent electronic instrumentation companies and has spun off dozens of related companies. While the Trust is proud of its Tektronix heritage, it is an independent private foundation having no connection with the company.

Jack was an idealist as well as a realist and a life-long seeker of new insights. He believed in science as a main source of knowledge and knowledge as key to resolving issues and addressing the needs of the world. He was thoroughly unpretentious, soft spoken, and a listener. He possessed a rare combination of good judgment, hard work, tolerance, and scrupulous honesty. He practiced philanthropy through his own private foundation that existed until the Murdock Trust was formed. More on Jack’s story is available in both video and written format at murdocktrust.org

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

Sectors the Trust is committed to enriching in the Pacific Northwest:

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