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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The Five Habits of Highly Effective Funders (and Others)

“What do I need to do to become an effective philanthropist?” This was the question recently posed to Mario Morino and Lowell Weiss, who work with nonprofit and foundation leaders through the Leap Ambassadors Community. The person asking the question was at the beginning of their philanthropic journey, and it’s an important question to ask […]
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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Welcomes Jeremy White as Newest Program Director

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The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that Jeremy White has joined the Vancouver, WA nonprofit foundation as a program director. “Jeremy has an incredible blend of professional experience and expertise that make him uniquely suited to partner with the nonprofits with whom we partner. Inviting him to join the Murdock team is […]
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Remembering Ken Austin

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The Pacific Northwest has lost one of its brightest lights with the passing of inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, veteran and community leader, Ken Austin. A one-time employee of Tektronix, Ken was a close friend of both Jack Murdock (who he reflected upon in a recent video project) and Jim Castles (one of the original three Murdock […]
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Grants in Action: The Performing Arts in Washington State

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Art is a vital component of a healthy society. The performing arts in particular have the power to create a shared sense of community. The benefits of performing arts programs are many, with ripple effects that start from the individual and cascade outward into all facets of our society. We are privileged to have a […]
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1,000 Interns Contributing to the Common Good

“Our future as a culture depends in no small measure upon our capacity to recognize the emerging competence of young adults, to initiate them into big questions and to give them access to worthy dreams.” – Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks At the Murdock Trust, we remain committed to identifying innovative programs, strategies and projects that […]
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The Value of Reflection

As one of the program directors for the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, I have the honor each day of working with some of the most inspiring nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. Their missions are as diverse and verdant as the funding region we serve. At the Trust, we often start building relationships with these nonprofits […]
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Building Capacity – Winter Grants Report

The first months of the year emphasize rebuilding and reinvestment. In many ways, this is the season of capacity building. Beginning with new year’s resolutions and then buoyed by the unique, vibrant energy of spring, this is a time of year when we pay close attention to how we are building ourselves, our organizations and […]
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Grants in Action: Retreat Centers

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We recently celebrated the official arrival of spring. As we shed our winter coats and embrace the slowly rising temperatures, we at the Murdock Trust are reminded of the reinvigoration that spending time outdoors brings after enduring months inside hiding from the cold, rain and snow. We are lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest, […]
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Reflecting on How We Give

By Steve Moore, Executive Director, Murdock Trust It is once again that time of year when Americans must fire up their computers or visit their accountant and revisit their finances through the lens of Uncle Sam. As hundreds of millions of us file our taxes, we are once again reminded of the impact of the […]
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Grants in Action: Horse Therapy

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Veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, children with physical disabilities like cerebral palsy or development disabilities like Down syndrome, adults with Multiple Sclerosis, teens with behavioral issues. Day-to-day life for each of these groups of individuals can present a unique set of challenges ranging from how they are able to build relationships and communicate with […]
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