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.



Sowing the Seeds of Scholarship at Whitworth University in Spokane

On a warm autumn day, students crisscross the grounds of Whitworth University. They move between classrooms and buildings along pathways that meander beneath countless towering pine trees. While some of these trees pre-date the institution that has helped mold young minds for more than a century, their growth mirrors the school’s own growth over the […]
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A Joyous New Year

While eyes turn to the fresh promise of a new year, the team at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is still basking in the joys of the holiday season. In the midst of the festive final weeks of 2017, the Trust approved 87 grants to organizations serving the Pacific Northwest, totaling just over $17 million. […]
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The Power of Noticing a Problem

by John Franklin • January 2018 Many nonprofits are birthed when someone identifies a need and takes action to meet it. One of the privileges of serving as a program director at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is that I get to meet inspiring people who identify an unmet need and have the courage and […]
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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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