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Background on the Murdock Trust

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is a private foundation that provides grants to nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. We focus our giving on nonprofits that serve the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) in four primary areas: scientific research, education, arts and culture and health and human services.

The Murdock Trust was established by the last will and testament of the late Melvin Jack Murdock, co-founder of Tektronix, lifelong resident of the Northwest and dedicated philanthropist.  Since it was founded in 1975, the Murdock Trust has provided more than $938 million in grants and support to more than 3,000 organizations. You can see a small sample of these organizations and the impact they have on local communities in this video.

The Murdock Trust supports a wide variety of organizations representing the diverse collection of urban, suburban and rural communities that comprise the Pacific Northwest. A small sampling of the groups we support includes, Adelante Mujeres, I Have a Dream Foundation, Days for Girls International, Nature Conservancy of Washington, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, International Justice Mission, Union Gospel Mission, Reed College, Linfield College, Ruby Valley Hospital, Boys and Girls Club, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, NAMI of Southwest Washington, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Glendive Medical Center, and Washington STEM Center. You can view a full breakdown of recent grants made by state and year at this link.

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News and Announcements – Stay up to date on the latest news from the Murdock Trust, including press releases, blog posts and grantee announcements. For a brief overview of some of the organizations we support and the impact they have on the community, please watch this video.

Publications and Reports – Sharing information and knowledge is critical to the Trust’s mission of encouraging positive change. Murdock Trust program directors and staff members regularly report on what the Trust does, what our work teaches us and what we learn from periodic research.

Annual Reports – This Murdock Trust publication highlights our work over each calendar year — a 12-month snapshot of our grantmaking efforts, enrichment programs and other initiatives. It’s a great way to understand how we go about our mission, but we always remember that the real measure of what we do lies in the life-changing work of the hundreds of organizations we support.

Our People – Our talented executives, program managers and administrative staff work together to manage and implement Murdock Trust programs and activities every day.

History of the Murdock Trust – Founded in 1975, the Murdock Trust was created to serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

Grant Opportunities – Every day, we work to further our founder Jack Murdock’s desire to “nurture and enrich the educational, spiritual, cultural and social lives of individuals, families and communities.” We make grants that help improve the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest, and we welcome nonprofits that share our commitment to thinking bigger, challenging problems and making a true difference.

Enrichment Programs – Making grants to nonprofit organizations is critical to the Murdock Trust mission — but that’s just part of what we do. Our enrichment programs help nonprofit executives, educators, business/community leaders and other influencers better serve their organizations and communities.

How We Invest – Murdock Trust investments provide the financial resources to support and grow our mission. Since our founding in 1975, Trust assets have grown steadily from $91 million to approximately $1.2 billion today, helping to fund over $938 million of investment into nonprofits that serve the common good.