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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Grants in Action: Improving Quality of Life for People Living with Serious Diseases

Nonprofits throughout our region work to improve the quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with a disease—whether cancer, Parkinson’s, Fanconi anemia, Alzheimer’s or any number of other diseases. For these nonprofit organizations, helping improve quality of life might look like sharing information about exercise and nutrition targeted toward managing symptoms or it […]
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Building Common Ground for the Common Good

We live in divisive times, where rifts are formed between friends and family members because of differences in opinion. It might be easier to simply cut someone off who you disagree with or who has different political views from you, but what if you put in the work to build common ground instead? Meeting someone […]
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Remembering Chuck Ferguson

When the brightest light is extinguished, it can make the resulting darkness feel that much more difficult to navigate. The same can be said for the depth of pain and emptiness that can be left behind when the most generous souls among us pass on. In this moment, the halls of the Murdock Trust have […]
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It’s Not a Donation, It’s an Investment

We often talk about the “nonprofit ecosystem.” When organizations collaborate with one another and grow upon each other’s strengths, it creates opportunities for all individuals, families and communities to flourish and thrive. This is an area where the business sector plays a critical role in a variety of ways. While many of these areas are […]
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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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