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Murdock Trust awards Oregon nonprofits 31 grants worth $12.5 million in latest round of giving

COURTESY PHOTO: GFU - George Fox University will soon welcome new staff to bolster teacher and leadership training thanks to a $450,000 grant from the M.J Murdock Charitable Trust.

George Fox University will soon welcome new staff to bolster teacher and leadership training thanks to a $450,000 grant from the M.J Murdock Charitable Trust.

GFU is one of nearly 100 nonprofits serving the Pacific Northwest to receive funding from the trust, which approved a total of 103 grants worth more than $30 million, according to its winter 2022 grants report.

Out of Alaska, Idaho, Montano, Washington and places outside of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon took home the most funding ($12.5 million) and the second most grants (31).

"Each of these projects are signs of the thoughtful, community-focused leadership that continues to thrive in our region," Steve Moore, executive director of the Murdock Trust, said in the 2022 report. "We are excited to see the important work those on the front lines of need in our region push forward. To the bridgers of today and tomorrow, we thank you for your dedication and we stand ready to continue to partner with you to serve the common good."

Recipients that garnered the most funding were Linfield University, which received $1.6 million toward a new facility for natural and applied science teaching and research; Portland's Latino Network, which received $1.5 million toward a building to serve the city's Latinx population; and the Oregon Food Bank, which received $1.2 million for facility renovations to its Portland headquarters.

Among Oregon cities, Portland earned the most funding and the greatest number of grants for its nonprofits, receiving over $3.8 million and 16 awards.

In its report, the Murdock Trust highlighted three Portland nonprofit organizations, including Hand2Mouth, a theater ensemble that received $125,000 for a new cultural exchange program; Rose Haven, a sanctuary for abused women and children that received $450,000 for a new facility; and Bridge Meadows, a multigenerational housing community that provides inexpensive apartments for the elderly, children in foster care and their family.

After McMinnville, Newport received the next most funding, obtaining $975,000 toward the Oregon Coast Aquarium, followed by Bend, which received $881,000 split between three different projects.

From these projects, the report highlighted Bend's High Desert Museum, which received $289,000 toward program expansion.

Lebanon received $673,000 in funds toward facility renovations and equipment at Western University of Health Sciences. The Dalles garnered $500,000 for a linear accelerator at Mid-Columbia Health Foundation.

Eugene received $450,500 for three different projects.

At the bottom, Tigard secured $206,000 for its East African charity African Road, Winston $152,000 for its Wildlife Safari, Malin $47,500 for Basin Youth for Christ and Corvallis $19,000 for Oregon State University's science program.

Last year was even more fruitful. The Murdock Trust awarded more than 460 grants totaling more than $110 million to nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest, breaking its annual giving record. Since the foundation's inception in 1975, the Murdock Trust has given away $1.2 billion in grants.

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