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.



An Attitude of Gratitude

As part of our orientation for new staff, we had the opportunity to travel and meet with nonprofit leaders from a variety of sectors. This is a practice we follow because it provides critical context for every member of our organization. Each visit helps bring the mission of our nonprofit partners to life in a […]
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Grants in Action: Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Last September, locals gathered in Port Townsend, Washington, to watch the daylighting of a juvenile female gray whale skeleton. The process of daylighting involves airing bones in the sunshine to bleach them and kill bacteria as a means of preserving them. The whale had died a year prior from a collapsed lung in Elliott Bay […]
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Grants in Action: A new auditorium for Bozeman

The Willson Auditorium is the oldest, largest and most utilized performing arts space in the Bozeman community, seating 1,100 in its auditorium and reaching 90,000 community members each year. More than 20 community organizations use the space, including the Bozeman Symphony, Intermountain Opera, Montana Ballet and local and visiting dance troupes. Additionally, a large number […]
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Willamette Heritage Center

After the Mission Mill Museum and Marion County Historical Society merged in 2010 to become the Willamette Heritage Center (WHC), the museum’s focus shifted to educating the public about the diverse culture in the Willamette Valley. To better carry out that mission, WHC redesigned and reinterpreted the permanent exhibits in the historic houses on site […]
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Grants in Action: Teton Valley Health Care

An emergency room is often the first line of defense for residents and visitors in a rural community. Up-to-date equipment and well-laid-out facilities are essential for evaluating, diagnosing and caring for patients who come to the emergency room, and an x-ray machine is one of its most utilized pieces of equipment. Teton Valley Health Care […]
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Grants in Action: Hockaday Museum of Art

For more than 40 years, Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana, has housed one of the largest permanent collections of historic and contemporary art of Glacier National Park. The museum’s permanent collection holds more than 800 artworks, 5,000 photographs and negatives and 3,000 titles in its library. Through a Murdock Trust grant, the museum […]
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Grants in Action: Portland State University

Researchers at Portland State University (PSU) in Oregon study models of the atmosphere for two reasons: to understand how aerosols influence global atmospheric conditions, and to understand how transportation choices affect the local atmosphere. The aim is to design changes that will reduce pollutants while still allowing efficient movement of people and goods. With support […]
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Grants in Action: Young Life Malibu Club

Originally a resort for the Hollywood elite in the 1940s, Young Life’s Malibu Club hosts quite a different clientele these days. Since it opened in 1954, a quarter of a million teens have camped at Malibu in the beautiful Princess Louisa Inlet, 100 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Malibu is accessible only by boat […]
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Grants at Work: Klamath Ice Sports

Outdoor ice skating has been a tradition in the rural town of Klamath Falls, Oregon, for more than a century. The natural sheet of ice that townspeople skate on each winter was maintained by the city for decades, but it eventually became impossible to keep up due to climate change and budget constraints and was […]
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Julie Cieloha-Whitney Joins USO Northwest Board

Throughout the history of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, our staff has been encouraged to give back and serve the individual causes, organizations and groups to which they personally feel connected. This month, our very own Julie Cieloha-Whitney, Murdock Trust CFO, achieved a very special milestone as she was selected to serve on the Board […]
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