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.



Happy Holidays from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

As we prepare to put a bow on 2017 and unwrap a fresh new year, the team at the Murdock Trust will be celebrating the greatest gift of all – our grantees. From the northern reaches of Alaska to the desert of eastern Oregon, from the great plains of Montana to the lush forests of […]
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Setting Up Camp on Lake Coeur D’Alene

After months of social studies, chemistry and algebra, children and teenagers from around the country go on summer break and have an opportunity to pursue adventure and lifelong friendships at Camp Lutherhaven. Nestled on the banks of the pristine Lake Coeur D’Alene, Lutherhaven has provided outdoor education, leadership training and development for young adults for […]
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A Fresh Start

To passersby, it may look like an ordinary brick office building. But when you step inside the Union Gospel Mission Center for Women and Children in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, you enter a self-contained community dedicated to recovery, healing and helping those in need get a new lease on life. While the Mission does offer emergency […]
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Establishing a Foundation for Success at the Murdock Trust Essentials of Development Workshop

At one table sit a group of women who work with survivors of human trafficking. They build partnerships, create resources and execute programs to help bring an end to the practice. Across the room are a collection of educators who provide after-school programming to help get young women from poor neighborhoods excited about STEM subjects. […]
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Raising the Rink Roof in Idaho

While Jack Murdock’s passion for flying and technology are well known, not many people know he was also a whiz on the ice. Throughout his life, Jack was a passionate skater and considered time on the ice his favorite way to stay in shape. While the Murdock Trust regularly funds a wide variety of projects […]
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Telling YOUR Story: Lessons for Nonprofits from the Leadership Advance Conference

Inside a ballroom along the Columbia River, more than 250 professionals from across the northwest spend the better part of a morning analyzing the Disney/Pixar classic film Ratatouille. The session, led by Andy Crouch of the Templeton Foundation, served as the kickoff to the 2017 Leadership Advance Conference, hosted by the Murdock Trust. For several […]
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Welcome Home. Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho

Like any business, nonprofits can often face difficult decisions when it comes to expansion. Growth opportunities can be exciting and present a group with the ability to serve more people in need. However, there is always an associated risk involved. Does the organization have the cash flow to cover the increased expenses in the short […]
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Join Today’s International Day of Generosity

Today, millions of individuals all around the globe will join together to celebrate the spirit of generosity as they participate in #GivingTuesday.   Founded as a response to the commercialization and emphasis on “buy, buy, buy” sparked by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for everyone to take a moment and […]
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Celebrating Joyce White

This last weekend, I was privileged to join many others at a celebration honoring the retirement of Joyce White, the Executive Director of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. For nearly twenty years, Joyce has provided thoughtful, kind, encouraging leadership to this group of foundations and its leaders. I have deeply appreciated Joyce and her […]
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Giving Thanks for the Light This Holiday Season

It is a busy season around our offices this time of year. Like many nonprofit organizations, we are working diligently to reflect on our work over the previous months and finalize our strategic plans for the coming year, all while balancing holiday vacations and festivities. It can be easy to get caught up in the […]
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