M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Virtual Founder’s Day 2024

Left: Photo of Jack Murdock; Right: Mission Aviation Training Academy

Founder’s Day is a beloved tradition at the Murdock Trust that honors the life and legacy of our benefactor, Jack Murdock, and celebrates those who contribute to flourishing in the Pacific Northwest. This year, we are excited to welcome nonprofits, partners, and community members from across our region for a virtual gathering that will share insight into the work of our five sectors as well as the work of the Trust overall and how Jack’s legacy continues to inform and inspire our efforts to serve the common good.  

This year, we’re doing things a little differently and hosting this event as virtual sessions throughout the day. Anybody interested in learning more about the Trust can join us online! 

Date: Friday, June 28th, 2024

Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm Pacific Time (PT)

Location: Virtual

Schedule: Below

Links to all sessions below.

9:00 9:45am PT: The Work of the Murdock Trust: An Executive Reflection: In 2025, the Murdock Trust will celebrate its 50th anniversary serving the common good of the Pacific Northwest. We begin the day with a moment of reflection on the recent work of the Trust, our vision for the future, and how we hope to build on Jack Murdock’s legacy of service for another 50 years. View session

10:00 10:30am PT: Getting to Know the Arts, Culture, & Education (ACE) Sector: The ACE sector aims to strengthen nonprofits supporting the creative human spirit, honoring diverse cultures, fostering curiosity about the natural world, advancing sustainable learning models, and setting up youth for a lifetime of learning and creativity. View session

10:45 11:15am PT: Getting to Know the Civic Engagement & Community Services (CECS) Sector: The CECS sector partners with nonprofits to build strong communities and strengthen democracy, together cultivating a region where every person feels hope and steps into opportunity. View session

11:30am 12:00pm PT: Getting to Know the Health & Environmental Stewardship (HES) Sector: The HES sector partners with nonprofits to address the health needs of local communities, fostering ecosystems of health and environmental stewardship that care for people on the lands where they live. View session

12:15 – 1:00pm PT: Project Phoenix Fireside Chat: The Murdock Trust recently transitioned to a sectoral model designed to further increase constructive impact and better serve the needs of our region. In this conversation, we will sit with the team who led this significant organizational change that we codenamed “Project Phoenix.” We’ll learn more about the conversations that led to the planned change, the nuts and bolts of how a transition like this takes place, and some of the most important lessons learned. View session→

1:15 1:45pm PT: Getting to Know the Nonprofit Leadership & Development (NLD) Sector: The NLD sector partners with nonprofits to help them maximize their impact through intentional, cohort-style programs, conferences, and strategic grants that equip nonprofit leaders, boards, and development teams. View session→

2:00 2:30pm PT: Getting to Know the Scientific Research (SR) Sector: The SR sector works with scientific researchers, educators, and institutions to drive leading-edge research and education across a diverse collection of scientific disciplines to help serve the common good of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. View session

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