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 at Work: Infectious Disease Research Institute

Think of the difference in information you get by looking at a single number versus looking at a picture. Imagine that you see the number 90 and are told that it’s the speed a car is traveling at. Now imagine that you see a picture of a car traveling at this speed, and you get […]
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Celebrating Jan Kennedy Ferguson

This month, our Trustees will meet to review our most recent collection of grant applications. This quarter’s meeting will be quite bittersweet because, after a 20-year career serving nonprofits across the Pacific Northwest, the incomparable Jan Kennedy Ferguson will retire from her role as a Program Director with the Murdock Trust. “We are so grateful […]
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Grants at Work: HealthPoint

The Boeing Bust of 1971 sent the local economy in King County, Washington, into a tailspin and left thousands of people without jobs. No means of income meant no way to pay for essential healthcare, and thus HealthPoint was born. What started as a grassroots response to this urgent need has since grown into a […]
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Celebrating the Arts Across the Pacific Northwest

Today’s blog post is by Annika Nyquist, one of the Murdock Trust summer interns. A graduate of North Park University, Annika is pursuing a career in the arts and nonprofit sector. The 21st century is undoubtedly a whirlwind era to be living in. A time that is filled with robust innovation, entertainment presented in the […]
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Grants at Work: Alaska Zoo

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When Anchorage grocer Jack Snyder won a contest in 1966, he had the option to pick $3,000 or a baby elephant as his prize. He picked the elephant, and she was soon delivered to his doorstep. Annabelle, who had previously worked for a circus, was the first pachyderm to live in Alaska since the ice […]
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Grants at Work: Missoula Children’s Theater

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Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) takes children on week-long tours to perform around the United States. And for many of these young cast members, it’s their first time learning lines, memorizing choreography, taking direction and performing on stage in front of an audience. MCT’s little red trucks can be seen driving from town to town, mainly […]
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Kent Thornburg, Senior Fellow, Honored by March of Dimes

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We are incredibly proud to learn that Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., Senior Fellow with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, has been recognized by the March of Dimes for his pioneering research and education with the Agnes Higgins Award. Established in 1980 for the late Agnes Higgins in honor of her innovation that helped improved maternal nutrition, […]
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Oregon Symphony

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The Oregon Symphony has the distinction of being the oldest American orchestra west of the Mississippi, as well as one of the Murdock Trust’s very first grantees 42 years ago. Our partnership began with a grant to send the Symphony’s orchestra into schools in the Portland-Metro area to perform for nearly 42,000 students. Our most […]
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Grants at Work: The Providence Academy and the Legacy of Mother Joseph

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The Providence Academy is a unique jewel in the community of Vancouver, Washington, and is overseen by a Murdock Trust grantee, The Historic Trust. The Academy’s 7,000-square-foot ballroom is a popular wedding and event space, and small businesses work out of its 65 offices. The iconic silhouette of the Academy’s bell tower, with a view […]
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Grants at Work: Unity Care NW

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In 1982, a coalition of health professionals, community leaders and faith-based organizations identified unmet health care needs in Whatcom County, Washington, and founded Unity Care Northwest. Operating as a safety net clinic with three locations across the county, Unity Care provides a full range of high-quality and affordable services to low-income patients, including primary, dental, […]
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