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.



Murdock Trust Announces Jeff Pinneo New Trustee

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced today that Jeffrey D. Pinneo will become a Trustee of the foundation beginning September 1, 2016. Pinneo will succeed Dr. Lynwood W. Swanson, who will retire and become Trustee emeritus after 29 years of Trustee service to the Murdock Trust, one of the longest current‐serving Trustees of any foundation […]
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Boise State University to host regional FIRST Robotics Competition

“More than 3,000 teams of high school students across the world are preparing to design and build robots to “strategically breach their opponent’s fortifications,” “launch boulders” and “capture the tower.” It’s all part of the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competitions being hosted in various cities across the […]
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When Hate Strikes Out

A few reflections on the Orlando tragedy by Steve Moore • June 2016 We as a nation, and a world, find ourselves once again stunned by a senseless act of violence, terror, and chaos, this time in Orlando. I was deeply moved by the words of one survivor, Demetrius Naulings, who framed it well when he said, […]
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Three Lessons Government Can Learn from the Nonprofit Community

by Jim White and David Austin • May 2016 In today’s hyped campaign season, candidates whip up the crowds with a lot promises about what they – and by extension – the government can do. Make America great again!  Create jobs!  Free health care! Tax the rich! Promises are often linked to money, and some would have […]
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The Invisible Hand by Verne Sedlacek

“The 18th century philosopher and contributing founder of modern economics, Adam Smith, coined the term “invisible hand” to describe how individuals working in their own self-interest can benefit society as a whole. In the United States today there is an invisible hand driven not by self-interest but by altruism that benefits millions every day. This […]
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Capacity Building Matters

by Laurie Wolf and Kit Gillem • April 2016 The Murdock Trust has a long history of funding nonprofit support organizations and state associations that build the capacity of the nonprofit sector in the region, as well as making grants that build the capacity of a single organization. In 2001 with support from the Rasmuson Foundation, […]
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Bringing Research into Teaching Labs

(March, 2016) Undergraduate chemistry labs introduce students to the methods and equipment that chemists use, as well as reinforce concepts taught in the classroom. But lab classes don’t often offer students a taste of how chemists conduct actual research. Increasing numbers of professors are trying to change teaching lab curricula to give students that much-needed […]
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Why STEM matters to all of us

by Moses Lee • March 2016 Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are everywhere, affect every aspect of our lives, and are vital to our future. Scientific and technological issues increasingly dominate the national discourse, from environmental debates on climate change and economic threats from invasive species, to concerns about cloning, genetically modified food, and the […]
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Innovative Generosity

by Steven G.W. Moore • February 2016 As we head into this election year, we know we will hear promises and pledges about taxes, spending, and the many challenges that face our nation and our world. There is a sense that civil discourse is being strained to the limits by social media campaigns that often have […]
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Board or Bored?

by Terry Stokesbary • January 2016 What are boards for anyway? Without a doubt, this is a critical question for the nonprofit sector as a whole and especially for the many specific nonprofit organizations that are seeking to make a difference in their communities and throughout the world. Increasingly, more and more resources, written by well-respected […]
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