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.



On the Air at Spokane Public Radio

About 100 years ago, when the large double doors in the two-story brick building on North Monroe would swing open, you’d likely see a fire crew burst onto the streets of Spokane. Today, the brick building still stands, and the double doors still swing open, but now they lead to a beautiful patio space. And […]
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Restoring the Majestic Fox Theater

During the 1930’s and 40’s, it was commonplace for stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to visit Spokane, WA and grace the stage of the historic Fox Theater. A modern marvel when its doors opened in 1931, the venue was constructed to bridge the divide between the classic world of vaudeville […]
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Helping Arts & Cultural Groups Thrive in the Pacific Northwest

Rural arts organizations gain critical support, training through foundation partnership A collection of 16 arts and culture nonprofits facing significant challenges and opportunities for growth will receive vital support through a new collaborative program involving eleven Northwest nonprofit foundations. Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and Southwest Washington is a two-year teaching and mentorship initiative. The curriculum […]
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Preserving History in Spokane

Tucked into the hillside, a pair of buildings overlook Peaceful Valley. The structures comprised of expansive glass panes, industrial steel and concrete almost look like two vaults. Indeed, the buildings contain a treasure of sorts – a cornucopia of historical artifacts that help document the culture and heritage of Eastern Washington. The Northwest Museum of […]
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Grants at Work: How SoulCare helps keep Seattle Pacific University students centered and calm

For Emily Monday, home and the local community church in the small town of Chester, California, were great places for a naturally shy girl to grow. When she first learned of Seattle Pacific University, Emily was interested. Study abroad opportunities. Low professor-to-student ratio. And wonder of wonders, a degree program in one of her strong […]
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Stand in the Gap for Vulnerable Children

by Romanita Hairston-Overstreet • October 2017 We know more than ever about how to help children who have suffered abuse and trauma. The headline stuck in my head. “Malnourished 5-year old girl found locked in closet under stairs.” It was like a second round of mortar piercing my heart following a news story I happened […]
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Multiplication by Subtraction: How moving from two buildings to one allowed The Arc of Spokane to improve service

There are times when more is better, but sometimes the opposite is true. For The Arc of Spokane, moving from two buildings to one has been a blessing, both for their staff and the thousands of local families they support. For many years, the organization that provides resources to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities […]
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Driving Life: The New Wheels of the Inland Northwest Blood Center

As families and neighbors begin the heartbreaking process of rebuilding after the latest hurricane, a small piece of Spokane, Washington, is on its way to help. The Inland Northwest Blood Center routinely dispatches one of its bloodmobiles to support communities across the country in times of significant crisis, including Ground Zero in New York following […]
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Grants at Work: How the Boys and Girls Club of Albany is Keeping Kids Healthy

Boys and Girls Clubs around the country are best known for providing quality afterschool programming for kids and teens. These programs help youth succeed in school, stay healthy, learn important life skills, pursue interests in the arts and sports and explore vocational choices. In addition to their efforts geared toward shaping the emotional and mental […]
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Investing in the Future of Our Youth

Summer came to a quick close this year, with much-welcome rain heralding autumn, as it usually does in the Pacific Northwest. Here at the Murdock Trust, we have a familiar routine to close out summer and ring in the fall season. Our team has the privilege every year of visiting nonprofit organizations in a different […]
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