M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Igniting impact through programs and conferences

In addition to grantmaking, the Murdock Trust offers capacity-building programs designed to strengthen nonprofits, develop community leaders, and maximize impact in the sectors we support across the Pacific Northwest.

*Updated March 2024: The Murdock Trust’s former Enrichment Programs have been moved under our new sectoral model. Enrichment is now called programming and each program is hosted by its relevant sector.

Nonprofit Leadership & Development

The Murdock Trust offers cohort-style programs and conferences to strengthen nonprofit leadership, governance, and fund development. Learn more about the Nonprofit Leadership & Development sector ›

Board Leadership & Development Program

This training program gives nonprofit executive directors and board leaders the insights, tools, and templates for building board capacity and creating a strategic and sustainable future. Learn more ›

Green Room: Board Leadership & Development for Leaders of Color

This training is designed to strengthen board leadership skills for leaders of color in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more ›

Essentials of Development

This training supports small to midsized organizations in creating a sustainable development program. Learn more ›

Succession Planning

For organizations who are transitioning executive directors, this program offers workshops to guide boards and leaders in effective succession planning. Learn more ›

Leadership Now Conference

This annual conference connects executive directors of faith-based organizations to encourage their personal and professional growth. Learn more ›

Vision & Call Internships

This initiative helps organizations across the Pacific Northwest develop internship programs for young adults. Learn more ›

Women in Leadership

Women in mid-to-senior-level nonprofit roles gather for a leadership development and networking event, including reflection and skill-building on a relevant professional topic. Learn more ›

Peer Cohorts

Peer leaders connect over the joys and challenges of top leadership through two-year cohorts. Learn more ›

Scientific Research Programs

The Murdock Trust offers premier opportunities for current and future scientists and science educators to grow as researchers. Learn more about the Scientific Research sector ›

Murdock College Science Research Conference

An annual conference attended by students, faculty, and staff at private predominately undergraduate institutions and several predominantly undergraduate Tier 2 universities to cultivate and nurture a strong research culture. Learn more ›

Partners in Science

Two annual conferences attended by participants of our Partners in Science Grants Program, where secondary school and pre-service science teachers conduct research with mentors. This program cultivates a community of teacher-researchers fostering authentic science inquiry to inspire future scientists. Learn more ›

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The Trust guides nonprofit organizations through every level of their development through grants and other resources.

The Trust has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can make all the difference to you and your organization.