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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Grants in Action: Horse Therapy

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Veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, children with physical disabilities like cerebral palsy or development disabilities like Down syndrome, adults with Multiple Sclerosis, teens with behavioral issues. Day-to-day life for each of these groups of individuals can present a unique set of challenges ranging from how they are able to build relationships and communicate with […]
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Welcome Luisa and Jordan

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As we prepare to turn the page on another season and welcome the bright opportunity of spring, we are excited to share that two new faces have joined the Murdock Trust this season. Luisa Gallagher (Visiting Scholar) Originally from Wollongong, Australia, Luisa Gallagher has been part of the Pacific Northwest community since 2011 and currently […]
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Growing People

How have mentors have impacted your life? Last night I was watching a TV series about time travel. Think Back to the Future meets It’s a Wonderful Life, with a little Dr. Who thrown in. As often happens in this genre, characters made small alterations in the past that result in dramatic changes to the […]
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Grants in Action: Making the Dream of College a Reality

Students all around the Pacific Northwest face academic, social and financial barriers to accessing college or other post-secondary education, and those facing the biggest barriers are economically disadvantaged students and students of color. Some of these barriers are a lack of financial resources to pay high tuition prices, students being the first in their family […]
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Thanking the Team Behind the Scenes: Partners in Science

Every year, hundreds of educators benefit from their participation in the Murdock Trust Partners in Science (PIS) Program, whether through a summer research lab placement or attendance at one of our conferences. While the Murdock Trust staff works hard to ensure these experiences are inspiring and rewarding for participants, there’s no way we could put […]
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Grants in Action: Foster Care

Hundreds of thousands of children—nearly half a million—are in foster care in the United States today. This number is staggering, and it’s overburdening the foster care system, which suffers from a lack of resources and a lack of training for foster parents. Many foster families report getting burned out from the lack of support, and […]
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Grants in Action: Rural Clinics

Simply by virtue of living in remote areas, Rural Americans are often grossly underserved in the area of health care. Rural Americans make up about 20 percent of the U.S. population, and they face many barriers to the availability of and access to quality health care, which can be rooted in a variety of areas, […]
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Grants in Action: Youth Camps

Across the Pacific Northwest, camp environments can be a critical element in both personal development and forging friendships and bonds that can last a lifetime. While most children experience camp during the summer time, many organizations and nonprofits host groups year-round for specific programs and events. Camp sites in every corner of our region provide […]
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Transforming the Classroom

Real world experiences help bring educational lessons to life. We often think about this in terms of students and how they absorb knowledge, but it also applies to teachers. Conducting real world, hand’s on research can provide unique insight into subject matter and interesting examples that can help bring a lesson to life in inspiring […]
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Recreation, Education and Conservation: A Zoo’s Purpose

Zoos are more than a place for children to learn about and be exposed to animals they might not otherwise encounter. For many zoos, promoting conservation on behalf of wildlife is a key reason for their existence. Here are four zoos the Murdock Trust is proud to support in their missions to help endangered animals […]
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