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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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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Innovation: The Promise of Successful Nonprofits

By Moses Lee “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” —Chinese Proverb Recently, I wrote an article called “Keeping the Promise.” In the article, I sought to identify the different types of promises nonprofit organizations make to their constituents and communities. As I have reflected further on the […]
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Grants in Action: Developing Leaders of Faith in Oregon and Washington

A vital part of building the capacity of nonprofits in our region is investing in leadership development. Time and again, we at the Murdock Trust have seen firsthand the impact that skilled and empowered leaders have on their organizations and their communities. Our benefactor, Jack Murdock, knew the importance of leadership development and invested in […]
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Closing With Grace

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Local Experience with a National Challenge Last year, after 125 years of higher education service to the region, Marylhurst University closed.  As President it was my role to lead the painful closure process – certainly not something I ever expected to do in my career. But the experience taught us many valuable lessons worth sharing […]
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A Change at the Murdock Trust

Dr. Kimberly Thornbury will join the Trust as Senior Program Director for Enrichment following Terry Stokesbary’s retirement at end of 2019 The greatest asset the Murdock Trust has is the people who comprise our staff. We are fortunate to work with a dedicated, creative team that work tirelessly to help serve and support the myriad […]
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An Oregon Legacy That Continues to Serve

We’ve had the immense privilege this summer of celebrating a huge milestone at the Murdock Trust—crossing the $1 billion grant mark. This milestone would never have been possible without the foresight and investment of generosity by our benefactor, Jack Murdock. It’s fitting that we celebrated this momentous occasion at our annual Founder’s Day gathering, which […]
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GivingUSA Report on Philanthropy

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Here at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, we have the unique opportunity to partner with thousands of nonprofits across the Pacific Northwest. These organizations are on the front lines of our communities, offering valuable services in support of the common good, and it is their seemingly-endless positive impacts that make our work so gratifying. However, […]
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Grants in Action: Nature Education

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One of Jack Murdock’s passions was exploring and celebrating the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. He loved to get out and enjoy nature and believed strongly in taking steps to preserve the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest for generations to come. Allowing people to explore environmental issues and learn ways to solve environmental problems […]
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Founder’s Day 2019

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The Murdock Trust staff recently marked our 44th year of serving the common good of the Pacific Northwest at our annual Founder’s Day celebration. The day is one of the highlights of our year for two main reasons: Founder’s Day presents a unique opportunity for our entire staff to have the chance to connect, in […]
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Ripples of Change – Spring 2019 Grants Report

When we think about the nonprofit sector, I often find myself reminded of the single pebble thrown into a still pond. It takes focused energy and effort to select a stone and toss it through the air. When that pebble hits the pond’s surface, there is one single point of contact, and yet, the impact […]
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