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.



What Does Murdock Do?

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The Murdock Trust makes grants that enrich life in the Pacific Northwest. We stand with those who serve others – the difference-makers and forward thinkers, the caretakers and question-askers. Our partners do extraordinary things, and we are privileged to help them deliver strength to the undeserved, knowledge to the seekers, inspiration to the innovators, and opportunities […]
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Preserving History in Spokane

Tucked into the hillside, a pair of buildings overlook Peaceful Valley. The structures comprised of expansive glass panes, industrial steel and concrete almost look like two vaults. Indeed, the buildings contain a treasure of sorts – a cornucopia of historical artifacts that help document the culture and heritage of Eastern Washington. The Northwest Museum of […]
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Grants at Work: How SoulCare helps keep Seattle Pacific University students centered and calm

For Emily Monday, home and the local community church in the small town of Chester, California, were great places for a naturally shy girl to grow. When she first learned of Seattle Pacific University, Emily was interested. Study abroad opportunities. Low professor-to-student ratio. And wonder of wonders, a degree program in one of her strong […]
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Stand in the Gap for Vulnerable Children

by Romanita Hairston-Overstreet • October 2017 We know more than ever about how to help children who have suffered abuse and trauma. The headline stuck in my head. “Malnourished 5-year old girl found locked in closet under stairs.” It was like a second round of mortar piercing my heart following a news story I happened […]
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Multiplication by Subtraction: How moving from two buildings to one allowed The Arc of Spokane to improve service

There are times when more is better, but sometimes the opposite is true. For The Arc of Spokane, moving from two buildings to one has been a blessing, both for their staff and the thousands of local families they support. For many years, the organization that provides resources to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities […]
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Driving Life: The New Wheels of the Inland Northwest Blood Center

As families and neighbors begin the heartbreaking process of rebuilding after the latest hurricane, a small piece of Spokane, Washington, is on its way to help. The Inland Northwest Blood Center routinely dispatches one of its bloodmobiles to support communities across the country in times of significant crisis, including Ground Zero in New York following […]
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Grants at Work: How the Boys and Girls Club of Albany is Keeping Kids Healthy

Boys and Girls Clubs around the country are best known for providing quality afterschool programming for kids and teens. These programs help youth succeed in school, stay healthy, learn important life skills, pursue interests in the arts and sports and explore vocational choices. In addition to their efforts geared toward shaping the emotional and mental […]
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Investing in the Future of Our Youth

Summer came to a quick close this year, with much-welcome rain heralding autumn, as it usually does in the Pacific Northwest. Here at the Murdock Trust, we have a familiar routine to close out summer and ring in the fall season. Our team has the privilege every year of visiting nonprofit organizations in a different […]
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Gonzaga University Students Use Science to Search for Solutions to Big Challenges

In a brightly-lit lab on a Sunday afternoon, a group of Gonzaga University students, led by assistant professor Dr. Kylie Allen, shuffle test tubes in and out of a special, climate-controlled “glove box.” Each tube holds a living organism with the potential to reduce carbon dioxide to methane, a major greenhouse gas, and it can […]
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Leadership Foundations: Creating Positive Change in Cities

One of our main priorities at the Trust is to work with organizations and identify ways we can more efficiently and effectively create positive change in our communities. A key strategy we use to do this is to collaborate with and support diverse groups that want to strengthen and grow their leadership teams. Leadership Foundations […]
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On the Road with the Murdock Trust Team

At the Murdock Trust, we’re fortunate to spend our days working hand-in-hand with countless nonprofit organizations that make a direct, positive impact on their local communities. While we are exposed to their inspiring efforts every day in our offices, few things lift our spirits as high as when we have the opportunity to visit our […]
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