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.



Changing Lives: The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector

We often talk about the promise of the nonprofit sector and its ability to serve the common good by providing opportunities for every individual, family and community to flourish and thrive. While it is easy to think about the nonprofit sector in broad, abstract terms, the real impact of the millions of individuals who work […]
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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Honors Standout Educators and Students in Science Fields

Pacific Lutheran and Reed professors headline awards given for outstanding efforts in science research and education For Immediate Release November 11, 2019 – This week, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust continued its commitment to support and honor the important work of scientific research at predominantly undergraduate Pacific Northwest Universities at the twenty-eighth annual Murdock College […]
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Strengthen Your Position by Working With Your “Enemies”

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“What if I told you that the growth of your business, your nonprofit organization, your community fund or your political advocacy group did not rest with your close allies, but instead with the people you might consider your opposition? Maybe even people you would classify as your competition or an enemy?” We frequently discuss the […]
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Grants in Action: Public Radio

Where do you turn to get your news? Broadcast or cable television, newspaper, the local morning radio show? For many people in the Pacific Northwest, public radio is the source they trust for not only news, but for arts, culture, educational and regional programming. As a publicly supported, non-commercial entity, public radio benefits the community, […]
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New Faces Join the Murdock Trust

As the leaves turn and the air develops a familiar autumn chill, change is in the air all over the Pacific Northwest. This fall, we’re enjoying our own season of change at the Murdock Trust as we welcome several new faces to our team. Amy Winegardner, Events and Hospitality Coordinator Amy helps lead all internal […]
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The Power of Collaboration

One of my favorite moments of the year takes place late in the summer. Love Portland is an event led by the Luis Palau Association and the Imago Dei Community that brings hundreds of volunteers together to help clean up underfunded schools across the city so that classrooms and campuses look and feel their best as […]
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Grants in Action: Improving Quality of Life for People Living with Serious Diseases

Nonprofits throughout our region work to improve the quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with a disease—whether cancer, Parkinson’s, Fanconi anemia, Alzheimer’s or any number of other diseases. For these nonprofit organizations, helping improve quality of life might look like sharing information about exercise and nutrition targeted toward managing symptoms or it […]
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Building Common Ground for the Common Good

We live in divisive times, where rifts are formed between friends and family members because of differences in opinion. It might be easier to simply cut someone off who you disagree with or who has different political views from you, but what if you put in the work to build common ground instead? Meeting someone […]
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Remembering Chuck Ferguson

When the brightest light is extinguished, it can make the resulting darkness feel that much more difficult to navigate. The same can be said for the depth of pain and emptiness that can be left behind when the most generous souls among us pass on. In this moment, the halls of the Murdock Trust have […]
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It’s Not a Donation, It’s an Investment

We often talk about the “nonprofit ecosystem.” When organizations collaborate with one another and grow upon each other’s strengths, it creates opportunities for all individuals, families and communities to flourish and thrive. This is an area where the business sector plays a critical role in a variety of ways. While many of these areas are […]
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The Impact of Unconventional Coalitions

The fruit of our labor grows on the trees of others. It’s a common refrain here at the Murdock Trust, because it’s true. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the amazing nonprofits we partner with. When they thrive, our mission succeeds. It’s a great picture of the importance of collaboration, and […]
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