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.



Grants in Action: The Performing Arts in Washington State

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Art is a vital component of a healthy society. The performing arts in particular have the power to create a shared sense of community. The benefits of performing arts programs are many, with ripple effects that start from the individual and cascade outward into all facets of our society. We are privileged to have a […]
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1,000 Interns Contributing to the Common Good

“Our future as a culture depends in no small measure upon our capacity to recognize the emerging competence of young adults, to initiate them into big questions and to give them access to worthy dreams.” – Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks At the Murdock Trust, we remain committed to identifying innovative programs, strategies and projects that […]
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The Value of Reflection

As one of the program directors for the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, I have the honor each day of working with some of the most inspiring nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. Their missions are as diverse and verdant as the funding region we serve. At the Trust, we often start building relationships with these nonprofits […]
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Building Capacity – Winter Grants Report

The first months of the year emphasize rebuilding and reinvestment. In many ways, this is the season of capacity building. Beginning with new year’s resolutions and then buoyed by the unique, vibrant energy of spring, this is a time of year when we pay close attention to how we are building ourselves, our organizations and […]
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Grants in Action: Retreat Centers

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We recently celebrated the official arrival of spring. As we shed our winter coats and embrace the slowly rising temperatures, we at the Murdock Trust are reminded of the reinvigoration that spending time outdoors brings after enduring months inside hiding from the cold, rain and snow. We are lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest, […]
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Reflecting on How We Give

By Steve Moore, Executive Director, Murdock Trust It is once again that time of year when Americans must fire up their computers or visit their accountant and revisit their finances through the lens of Uncle Sam. As hundreds of millions of us file our taxes, we are once again reminded of the impact of the […]
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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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