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M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

703 Broadway, Ste. 710

Vancouver, WA United States 98660-3308

Telephone: (360) 694-8415


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $1,064,269,499

Total giving: $45,488,115





Additional Contact Information

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1618, Vancouver, WA 98668


Trust established in 1975 in WA - Founded in the name of the late M.J. Murdock. The charitable trust was created under the will of the late Melvin Jack (MJ) Murdock, a resident of Vancouver, Washington and co-founder and chairman of Tektronix, Inc. It was funded by the transfer of assets from the Murdock estate on June 30, 1975

Purpose and Activities

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to non-profit organizations that seek to strengthen the region's educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Arts and Culture

The trust is interested in performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Christian Leadership Advance Conference

The conference is an annual event hosted each Nov. by the Murdock Trust. Its purpose is to connect ministry leaders, educators, and trainers in a two-day gathering that promotes Christian ministry leadership development.


The trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Employee Matching Gifts

The trust matches gifts made to eligible organizations by trust employees and trustees.

Health and Human Services

The trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Murdock College Research Program for the Natural Sciences

This program is designed to support research in the natural sciences at private, predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities in the trust's grantmaking region.

Murdock College Science Research Program

The goal of this program is to strengthen faculty and undergraduate student research efforts in the natural sciences at private, predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities in the trust's grantmaking region.

Partners in Science Program

This program provides research opportunities for science-trained high school science teachers to work for two summers with investigators in academic labs in cutting-edge research.

Program-Related Investment

The trust made a PRI on in the form of a loan for the development of an aircraft for humanitarian uses. Historically, the trust's PRI activities corresponds to previously established priorities of the trust. PRIs are considered in select situation based on special trustee information.

Research Start-up Grants for New Science Faculty

This program provides funding to supplement the establishment of new faculty positions in the natural sciences at private, predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities in the trust’s grantmaking region.

Scientific Research Grants

The trust prefers requests for projects in the natural sciences where the main objective is the acquisition of new knowledge. Requests for research in engineering and medicine are also eligible. Training students in conducting research is an important consideration. Eligibility for scientific research grants is limited. Select public research universities and medical institutes located within the five-state region are typically considered for funding. A letter of inquiry is required unless your organization has received a trust grant for scientific research within the last five years. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, contact Dana L. Miller, Sr. Prog. Dir., tel.: (360) 694-8415 or contact the trust via e-mail on its web site. .

Vision and Call Internship Program

This is a special grants program for selected Christian ministries in which college students or recent graduates are placed in an experiential ministry internship affording them an opportunity to consider full-time vocational ministry.

Women in Leadership

This is a semi-annual one-day conference that offers a forum for women in leadership positions to network for professional development and support.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Family services
  • Health care access
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Museums
  • Out-patient medical care
  • Physical and earth sciences
  • Science
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Students
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $1,064,269,499 (market value)

Expenditures: $67,049,295

Total giving: $45,488,115

Qualifying distributions: $51,623,658

Giving activities include:

$620,645 for foundation-administered programs

$629,304 for loans/program-related investments