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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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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Grants in Action: YMCA of Columbia-Willamette

Imagine going to summer camp and staying in a cabin that looks like a Hobbit house straight out of The Lord of the Rings, or in a treehouse-like cabin that hovers high in the treetops. Children and youth from all walks of life get to have these amazing experiences and more at YMCA of the […]
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Grants in Action: Center for Nonprofit Stewardship

Board members play a critical role in the success of nonprofit organizations. When Kathy DeYoung, a CPA by trade, joined a small nonprofit board for the first time, she quickly realized that board members lacked training opportunities and yet were responsible for governing these organizations that are so crucial to the well-being of their communities. […]
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The Arts: a vital part of community and democracy

Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and Southwest Washington is a two-year teaching and mentorship initiative that supports 16 arts and culture nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. A partnership between 11 local nonprofit foundations and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, the curriculum is designed to help nonprofits more effectively navigate the […]
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Grants in Action: Seattle University

Seattle University has been a beacon in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle for nearly 130 years. With its strong focus on scientific research, SU approached the Murdock Trust a few years ago to take its research facilities to the next level. A new Laser Spectroscopy User Facility creates a shared research space with leading-edge […]
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Celebrating the life of Carol Van Zytveld

There is a somber tone in the Murdock Offices this week as we absorb the loss of one of our beloved family members, Carol Van Zytveld, who passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. Carol became a part of the Murdock Trust more than 20 years ago when her husband, John, joined us as […]
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Grants in Action: Dogs for Better Lives

Personal autonomy and independence are at the core of quality of life for many people. Too often, people experiencing disability—whether visible or invisible—must sacrifice some measure of independence in their day-to-day lives. Assistance dogs can be a powerful tool for restoring autonomy and independence, but the cost of these highly trained dogs can be a […]
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Grants in Action: Bozeman Health

Bozeman Health has provided health care to rural southwest Montana for more than a century, carrying out its mission to improve community health and quality of life. A longtime Murdock grantee, BH completed two recent expansions to its Bozeman Health Cancer Center to better meet the health needs of its patients, their families, and the […]
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Grants in Action: Elgin Opera House

In the small town of Elgin in Southern Oregon, the century-old Elgin Opera House is considered the geographic and civic heart of the 1,700-member community. Over the years, the Opera House had fallen into disrepair, and local citizens rallied to preserve the building and restore it to its original splendor as a performing arts venue […]
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