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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Remembering President Bush: A Thousand Points of Light

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Recently, the nation bid farewell to former President George H. W. Bush. As we have continued to reflect on his life and his legacy of service, it is obvious that he placed a high value on service,volunteers and nonprofit organizations. When President Bush accepted the presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention, he spoke […]
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An Enriching Autumn

The primary goal of the Murdock Trust is to serve and support organizations that strengthen and uplift the social, spiritual, educational, scientific and artistic foundation of communities across the Pacific Northwest. One of the primary ways we do this is through our grantmaking, but the Trust is fortunate to have myriad other opportunities to engage […]
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Praying for Peace, Civility and Safety

By Steve Moore Like many of you, I was heartbroken to hear the news of a fatal shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, claiming the lives of 11 people attending Shabbat services. As details unfolded, the entire Murdock Trust family sent our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Tree of Life community […]
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Individual investments, massive impact

By Steve Moore $10 billion is a lot of money. According to recent data, that’s enough money to provide for close to 376,000 foster children for a full year. That amount of money could house more than 285,700 homeless individuals for a year. We could also provide healthcare for more than 357,000 families for that […]
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The Murdock Trust has Moved!

After years of careful planning, we are excited to share that the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has officially moved into our new space in the heart of the recently opened Vancouver Waterfront development. The entire space is thoughtfully designed with the input and support of myriad partners representing all of the sectors we serve to […]
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Grants In Action: The Ripple Effects of a Grant at Whitman College

Grants often have ripple effects on organizations in areas beyond what was funded. At Whitman College, a grant from the Murdock Trust four years ago has had a big impact on its science programs. Renovations to several laboratories in the college’s Hall of Science have paid huge dividends to Whitman professors, the students they collaborate […]
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When is the Right Time to Hire a Development Director?

“Should I Hire a Development Director?” I hear this question a lot from leaders of small to mid-size nonprofits, especially from those leading organizations that have operated without paid professional development staff. This is certainly an important decision, and not an easy one to make. Many nonprofit leaders and boards operate with the false assumption […]
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With Gratitude to Nonprofits Across the Pacific Northwest

In this season of thankfulness, we at the Murdock Trust have much to be grateful for. We are humbled and privileged to support the work of the nonprofits in our region, who make it their missions to build up society and improve the lives of people in their communities. Day after day, they put boots […]
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Board Service

As the year begins to wind down, one of the topics that we frequently consider is how we want to make a difference in the next twelve months. While it is common to make a resolution to lose 10 pounds or increase our savings for retirement or finally get the garage in order, what about […]
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Northwest Educators and Students Earn Top Honors at 2018 Murdock College Science Research Program Conference

Whitworth and Whitman professors headline awards given for outstanding efforts in science research and education For Immediate Release November 13, 2018 – A pair of Washington professors have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the fields of scientific research and education. This week, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced Dr. Kraig Wheeler, Hugh W. […]
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