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In4All and the St. Mary's Home for Boys in Beaverton will have new funds to expand their programming.

COURTESY PHOTO: IN4ALL - In4All brings local businesses and schools together to provide hands-on learning experiences for students who are historically underserved. For example, students at Beaver Acres Elementary in Aloha get to interact with companies such as IBM.

Two organizations in Beaverton are getting thousands of dollars in funding thanks to a charitable trust.

In a press release on Monday, Oct. 19, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced $3.1 million to Oregon nonprofits.

The trust, created by the will of the late Melvin Jack Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

In4All in Beaverton was one of the nonprofits that received $149,000 in funding. The organization brings local businesses and schools together to provide hands-on learning experiences for students who are historically underserved.

"We were so thrilled," said In4All executive director Elaine Philippi about the grant. "Jack Murdock always felt this kind of sense of responsibility for industry to be connected in schools. (Also), for businesses to agree that they share the responsibility for student success. It's a huge reminder for us that we're exactly centered on the mission that we were designed or that we were created to look at."

COURTESY PHOTO: IN4ALL - In4Alls partnership at Greenway Elementary in Beaverton with its business sponsor, Digimarc Corporation.

The funds will go towards new staff to expand STEM opportunities for students in need. More specifically, the money will help expand their programming to East Portland and the North Clackamas area and hire a manager from that area to help grow the programs in those communities.

"When we add this area manager, it helps us increase our capacity in the areas that we're already doing programming and working with schools and businesses," said Philippi, "because when you have limited resources where we have this growth that's happening out in East Portland, it can spread."

The organization hopes to also add new schools and business partners at "probably the rate of five each year," according to Philippi.

With virtual programming and school enrollment being down this school year due to COVID-19, In4All expects to serve about 3,600 students in elementary and middle school programming.

COURTESY PHOTO: IN4ALL - In4All in Beaverton was one of the nonprofits that received $149,000 in funding from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The funds will go towards new staff to expand STEM opportunities for students in need.

"We imagine 150 students per school as we expand," added Philippi. "Our five-year plan adds this area manager out in East Portland, and then our plan is to expand to (the) Salem-Keizer (area), where we're already doing work."

If the nonprofit stays on track with its five-year goal, Philippi says they could reach up to 13,000 students.

As for other funds from the trust, the St. Mary's Home for Boys in Beaverton also received $65,000 towards program expansion to serve youth in the community.


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