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.



WSU “H2-Flo” Team is Developing Hydrogen Refueling Station

Dr. Jake Leachman, a professor of engineering at Washington State University Pullman, received a commercialization grant from the Trust where he and his team of undergraduate and graduate students are making great progress in developing a way to generate, transport, and dispense liquid hydrogen to power hydrogen cars. Learn more by watching their video and […]
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Communications Report – August 2016

At the recent Murdock College Science Research Conference, the creation of two new scientific awards was announced. Named in honor of Lynwood W. Swanson, PhD, recently retired Trustee, civic leader, and co-founder of FEI, a world leader in electron optics and focused ion beam technologies in scanning and transmission electron microscopies. The two awards include: […]
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Portland Japanese Garden is Working on Cultural Crossing Expansion

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One of our grantees, the Portland Japanese Garden, was recently featured in an article by Jennifer Anderson at the Portland Tribune: “One of Portland’s biggest visitor attractions, the Japanese Garden, is getting a $33.5 million Cultural Crossing expansion — and it’s now speedily progressing through construction, with an anticipated grand opening in April. The garden’s […]
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New Awards Honor Retiring Trustee, Dr. Lynwood Swanson

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The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has announced the winners of its new annual scientific research awards. The awards are open to private undergraduate institutions within the Pacific Northwest, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The awards honor the longtime work of Dr. Lynwood Swanson, who recently retired after serving as a Trustee for 30 […]
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Wordstock 2016 Expands in Ambitious Effort to Offer ‘Something for Everybody’

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One of our partners, Literary Arts, Inc., was recently featured in an article by Amy Wang of the Oregonian/Oregon Live: “If this year’s Wordstock literary festival had a theme, it would be “ambition.” More than 100 authors, compared with 88 last year. Eight stages in buildings spread throughout the South Park Blocks, compared to two stages […]
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The 10 Most Common Mistakes When Applying for a Grant

by Dana Miller • October 2016 Grants are a critical source of funding for many nonprofits. They’re not the biggest source of funding. Not by a long shot. Individual donations comprise nearly 71 percent of charitable giving according to Giving USA. Still, grants are important—too important to miss out on by making preventable mistakes. I routinely see […]
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Idaho Virtual Museum now offering digital access to Idaho Museum of Natural History

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“There are now more than 1,000 objects of the Museum’s collections online in 3-D at the website http://virtual.imnh.isu.edu/, which went live in late September. “This is a monumental project for the Idaho Museum of Natural History and the Informatics Research Institute that will bring the natural history of our state to the world,” said Leif Tapanila, […]
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Murdock Trust Celebrates 40 Years of Impact

Jack Murdock was an entrepreneur and successful business leader who co-founded Tektronix in Portland, Oregon just after World War II. Tektronix’s success allowed Murdock to create the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust with an endowment of $91 million and a mission to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest. The Trust began issuing grants […]
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A Shifting Nonprofit Landscape

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“Philanthropy is changing. Once the realm of big donors who funded marquee projects and pet causes, private donations have become central to areas traditionally seen as government’s purview, including public schools, scientific research — and even the social safety net. It’s a shift visible across Oregon: At OHSU, National Institutes of Health grants fund smaller […]
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How to Put Your Best Foot Forward When Applying for a Grant

by Lorin Dunlop • September 2016 Recently, I spent the better part of two days speaking with representatives from nonprofit organizations in our region, the Pacific Northwest. All of these leaders are contemplating making grant proposals to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Some of the organizations have a long history of partnering with the Trust. Others have […]
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