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.



Working for the Common Good: The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector – A Year in the Life of the Murdock Trust

“Every day has 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 opportunities to make a positive impact.” -Les Brown The first weeks of the New Year bring a special type of energy. Psychologically, we see the turning of the calendar as an opportunity for a fresh start. Pair this with an infusion of enthusiasm fueled by […]
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Grants at Work: Mt. Hood Town Hall Association

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One of the vital areas where nonprofits serve in our region is rural communities. People who live in more remote locations have fewer options for health care, grocery stores, banks and other facilities we find in abundance in urban and suburban areas. One small nonprofit in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge is making a big […]
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Murdock Trust Welcomes New Program Director

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Camas Educator, Kim Newman, to join Vancouver nonprofit Vancouver, WA – A familiar face is setting up her desk at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust offices this week. After participating in programs offered by and working with the Vancouver foundation for eight years through the Murdock Trust Partners in Science Program, Kim Newman is joining […]
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Grants at Work: Preserving the history of the Manhattan Project

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During World War II, America led an effort to develop a functional atomic weapon. Its code name: the Manhattan Project. Some 125,000 people from a variety of backgrounds secretly worked on this project, and many were unaware of the project’s purpose. The history of the Manhattan Project is extensive and fascinating, and the Atomic Heritage […]
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Welcoming the Murdock Trust 2018 Summer Interns

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One of our favorite summer traditions around the Murdock Trust offices is the arrival of our summer interns. Every year, a small group of college students and recent grads bring fresh thinking, boundless energy and creative ideas to our hallways as they help us bring new initiatives to life and execute some of our most […]
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Grants at Work: Studying the Stars and Expanding Horizons for Science and Students

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The Milky Way provides a template to study galaxy formation and evolution across cosmological times, essentially giving astronomers a fossil record of the history of star formation and accretion. The structure of the Milky Way’s inner region, known as the Galactic Bulge, is an unsettled topic in astronomy, but variable stars called RR Lyrae reveal […]
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Answering Seven Tough Questions About the Murdock Trust

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Recently, Bill and Melinda Gates answered questions about the work of their foundation. This is a great model for others to follow in the philanthropic sector and we thought we would step up and do the same. Answering seven tough questions about the Murdock Trust At the Murdock Trust, our mission is to enrich the […]
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Record Year of Giving from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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Foundation awarded $57 Million in Grants to Pacific Northwest nonprofits in 2017 For Immediate Release June 29, 2018 Vancouver WA – Today, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust released its 2017 Annual Report, detailing a record year of grantmaking from the 43-year-old foundation. In total, the Murdock Trust gave more than $57 million through more than […]
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Grants in Action: Understanding Evolution in the Pacific Northwest

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Throughout his life, Jack Murdock was driven to understand how things worked. In his Southeast Portland repair shop, he investigated the internal functions of the radio and many other electronic devices. It was this passion for knowledge and understanding that helped him develop a new version of the oscilloscope with Tektronix co-founder Howard Vollum and […]
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Building Bridges

The long, relaxed days of summer are officially upon us, and we will all enjoy spending the next several months soaking up the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We enter this season with an air of appreciation, grateful that at our Spring Grants Meeting our Trustees approved 41 grants totaling $9.3 million. Below you will find […]
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Grants at Work: The Center for Large Landscape Conservation

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The Northern Rockies are home to the greatest diversity of large carnivores and hoofed mammals in the United States, including grizzly bears, lynx, wolverines, elk, bighorn sheep, bison and moose. Western states have been in the process of identifying corridors and crucial habitats for these and other animals, but with little concern for the impact […]
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