The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was established on June 30th, 1975 by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock. Mr. Murdock was a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc., and was an innovative entrepreneurial leader with business interests throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) by supporting nonprofit organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

The priorities of the Trust’s General Grants program include educational programs offered in both formal and informal settings; performing and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region; and preventive health and human services programs, with a focus on youth. General Scientific Research Grants and Formal Program Grants in Science are also provided. With the exception of the Formal Program Grants in Science, which has specific deadlines, letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time.

The Trust began with assets at $91 million and has since grown to over $800 million, and $500 million has been given out in grant awards. This makes the Trust one of the top five largest in the Pacific Northwest, and places it in the top 100 nationwide.

For more information on the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and their grant opportunities, click here.