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.



Changing Lives: The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector

We often talk about the promise of the nonprofit sector and its ability to serve the common good by providing opportunities for every individual, family and community to flourish and thrive. While it is easy to think about the nonprofit sector in broad, abstract terms, the real impact of the millions of individuals who work […]
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The Changing Health of the Pacific Northwest

By Dr. Kent Thornburg, Senior Fellow Many people are under the impression that the health of Americans is improving.   This impression is based on factual reports in the media. For example, the life expectancy at birth increased linearly from 50 years in 1900 to 80 years in 2010.  Deaths from heart disease have decreased by […]
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Grants in Action: Serving Children in Crisis in Oregon

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Children are among the most vulnerable people in our society. And, sadly, children may find themselves in crisis at some point in their young lives, whether it be due to family environment, mental health, the loss of a loved one or other trauma. In Oregon, the child welfare system has become overburdened, putting already vulnerable […]
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Ripples of Service Around the Globe – Visiting Uganda

By Steve Moore “The Promise of the Nonprofit Sector” is one of the key themes that flows through the hallways of the Murdock Trust and fuels our work. Time and again, we have seen the outsized impact that a single idea or project or donation can have on the greater good. Like very few other […]
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The Five Habits of Highly Effective Funders (and Others)

“What do I need to do to become an effective philanthropist?” This was the question recently posed to Mario Morino and Lowell Weiss, who work with nonprofit and foundation leaders through the Leap Ambassadors Community. The person asking the question was at the beginning of their philanthropic journey, and it’s an important question to ask […]
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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Welcomes Jeremy White as Newest Program Director

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The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that Jeremy White has joined the Vancouver, WA nonprofit foundation as a program director. “Jeremy has an incredible blend of professional experience and expertise that make him uniquely suited to partner with the nonprofits with whom we partner. Inviting him to join the Murdock team is […]
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Remembering Ken Austin

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The Pacific Northwest has lost one of its brightest lights with the passing of inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, veteran and community leader, Ken Austin. A one-time employee of Tektronix, Ken was a close friend of both Jack Murdock (who he reflected upon in a recent video project) and Jim Castles (one of the original three Murdock […]
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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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