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: Center for Nonprofit Stewardship

Board members play a critical role in the success of nonprofit organizations. When Kathy DeYoung, a CPA by trade, joined a small nonprofit board for the first time, she quickly realized that board members lacked training opportunities and yet were responsible for governing these organizations that are so crucial to the well-being of their communities. […]
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The Arts: a vital part of community and democracy

Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and Southwest Washington is a two-year teaching and mentorship initiative that supports 16 arts and culture nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. A partnership between 11 local nonprofit foundations and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, the curriculum is designed to help nonprofits more effectively navigate the […]
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Grants in Action: Seattle University

Seattle University has been a beacon in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle for nearly 130 years. With its strong focus on scientific research, SU approached the Murdock Trust a few years ago to take its research facilities to the next level. A new Laser Spectroscopy User Facility creates a shared research space with leading-edge […]
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Celebrating the life of Carol Van Zytveld

There is a somber tone in the Murdock Offices this week as we absorb the loss of one of our beloved family members, Carol Van Zytveld, who passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. Carol became a part of the Murdock Trust more than 20 years ago when her husband, John, joined us as […]
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Grants in Action: Dogs for Better Lives

Personal autonomy and independence are at the core of quality of life for many people. Too often, people experiencing disability—whether visible or invisible—must sacrifice some measure of independence in their day-to-day lives. Assistance dogs can be a powerful tool for restoring autonomy and independence, but the cost of these highly trained dogs can be a […]
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Grants in Action: Bozeman Health

Bozeman Health has provided health care to rural southwest Montana for more than a century, carrying out its mission to improve community health and quality of life. A longtime Murdock grantee, BH completed two recent expansions to its Bozeman Health Cancer Center to better meet the health needs of its patients, their families, and the […]
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Grants in Action: Elgin Opera House

In the small town of Elgin in Southern Oregon, the century-old Elgin Opera House is considered the geographic and civic heart of the 1,700-member community. Over the years, the Opera House had fallen into disrepair, and local citizens rallied to preserve the building and restore it to its original splendor as a performing arts venue […]
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Grants in Action: Arctic Broadcasting Association

Broadcasting out of Nome, Alaska, for nearly 60 years, Arctic Broadcasting Association (ABA) airs programming, news, music and weather to native Alaskan villages throughout western Alaska and into the Russian Far-East. KICY AM and FM are the only radio stations that reach some of these rural and hard-to-access communities, giving them a bridge to the […]
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Welcoming new faces to the Murdock Trust

As the leaves turn and summer turns to fall, change is in the air in the Murdock Trust offices. Recently, two new faces joined our ranks. Please join us in welcoming Francesca Cruz and Claire Frankenfield! Claire Frankenfield is a Nashville native and graduate of Auburn University where she earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies […]
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Celebrating Jim Martin

When one of our staff members celebrates their one-year anniversary with the Murdock Trust, they receive a Jack Murdock bobble head with the slogan “What would Jack do?” The memento is designed to provide a regular reminder as to our mission and the legacy of our benefactor that we strive to uphold every day. For […]
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