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: The Center for Large Landscape Conservation

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The Northern Rockies are home to the greatest diversity of large carnivores and hoofed mammals in the United States, including grizzly bears, lynx, wolverines, elk, bighorn sheep, bison and moose. Western states have been in the process of identifying corridors and crucial habitats for these and other animals, but with little concern for the impact […]
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Grants in Action: Pushing the Boundaries of Knowledge at Montana State University

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Researchers at Montana State University are hard at work studying our fundamental biology, identifying new healthcare techniques that could have a significant impact on critical work such as cancer diagnosis. In this video, faculty and administrators at the university share how new tools, funded in part by Murdock Trust grants, are helping to make this […]
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Keeping the Promise

Understanding the three kinds of promises nonprofits must keep to serve their constituents. By Moses Lee • June 2018 “Keep every promise you make and only make promises you can keep.” — Anthony Hitt, President and CEO, Engel & Völkers North America In 2008, the Harvard Business Review published an article titled “Delivering on the […]
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How Faith is Helping Heal the Cultural Divide

by Jesse Richards • June 2018 It seems uncontroversial to assert that, currently, our country is deeply divided. And these divisions—across political, racial, and even religious lines—seem to be growing even deeper by the day. This does not bode well for the health of our public square. In his recent work, John Inazu—Professor of Law […]
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Grants at Work: Alpha Canada: Changing Lives by Building Community

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While the work of the Murdock Trust is mainly focused on five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana—we also partner with a small number of nonprofits in British Columbia. One of our grantees in the New Westminster area is Alpha Canada, which provides space for people of all backgrounds to engage […]
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Grants at Work: Covenant House Alaska

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Recently, the Covenant House Alaska outreach team found a teenager sleeping on a cardboard box in downtown Anchorage, struggling to stay warm in the entryway of a closed business. She was hungry and cold and didn’t have a place to call home. The team was familiar with the young woman and the complications of the […]
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The End of an Era

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Working with an organization like the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust brings many blessings into your life. In addition to the countless grantees we serve, we have the unique opportunity to partner and collaborate with some of the kindest, wisest and most accomplished people on earth. These relationships can be a source of great joy during […]
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Grants at Work: Innovative and Collaborative Research at the University of Idaho

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The University of Idaho is the leading national research university in its state, expending nearly $110 million annually to contribute to society’s health, knowledge and culture through research in the sciences, social sciences, engineering and art. Undergraduate and graduate students have access to the University’s skilled research professors and state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. At the […]
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Grant Writing Tip: Be Yourself

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When trying to secure a grant, it can be easy to feel as though you have to bend and twist in order to be the nonprofit a foundation “wants” you to be. When significant dollars are within reach that could have a substantial, positive impact on a project or program that serves the cause you’ve […]
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Treasure Valley Family YMCA: The Impact of Camp on a Child’s Life

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The Treasure Valley YMCA, or the Y as it’s known in the Boise, Idaho, community, believes that camp is the best way to change a child’s life. Dan McGinnis-Welsh was one such child who was profoundly impacted by attending Y Camp. When he first came to camp at only 9 years old, he had already […]
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