M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Location: 703 Broadway St Ste 710, Vancouver, 98660 WA

EIN: 23-7456468

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60Responsive58Builds relationships56"Gets" nonprofits and issues56Friendly49Likes site visits48Positive leader in the field44Gives more than money36Insightful25Openminded24Culturally sensitive15Risk taker7Risk averse

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M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 14, 2021

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

I very much appreciated how responsive the people at the Trust were from our first call all the way through the process. It is an in-depth process, but the Trust staff are there to help. Their goal was always to help us advance our mission.

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Positive leader in the field, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 15, 2021

We appreciate this feedback and are grateful to know that our approach to communication was helpful!

Dec 18, 2020

Reviewer 4207 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

It can take a long time from LOI to grant notification, but it's worth it. We never had a problem reaching them, so I would definitely talk to them before submitting an LOI. We have gotten two grants from them now, with two different program officers. Each one was very thorough, inquisitive, and focused on the practical aspects of our requests. Each asked a lot of questions, but they were fair-minded - it was never a grilling, never condescending, and neither one showed any interest in being fawned over. After we were funded, they had some interest in being recognized, but were less concerned about that than most funders who make grants of that size. Basically, talk to them, be thorough in your request, and work with them - they seem to value real relationships based on real work being done together.

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Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Dec 18, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The application process can be a bit intense and requires a lot of financial documentation. For smaller organizations, this can be a challenge to manage. Their staff help make this process easier. They are incredibly transparent, kind, and accessible, which is appreciated. Also, their reporting guidelines are clear and not overly onerous, which is very helpful.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Dec 18, 2020

Reviewer 2043 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

A grant to the Murdock Trust is a significant undertaking, but the process will force your organization to really zero in on its needs, fine-tune its strategies and get clear on messages. It is a difficult process, but organizations will come out of it better for having gone through such a thorough analysis of their project and organizational health. Our grants contact at the Trust is accessible, intelligent, empathetic and served as a fantastic strategic partner throughout both of the grants we've worked on together. A grant with the Trust is truly a partnership.

Pros

Gives more than money, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Dec 18, 2020

We are grateful to hear that our process was helpful to you and your organization and we greatly appreciate this feedback.

Dec 17, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Spend time researching the website. They MJ Murdock Trust has a very detailed website that provides excellent resources and templates. Approach the process as an opportunity to truly build a grant package that shares the mission, history and future sustainability of your organization. Be prepared to devote the time to do that.

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Insightful, Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Dec 17, 2020

Reviewer 8609 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Staff at M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust are wonderful to work with! It is a thorough process and they have great communication throughout. We are so fortunate to have their support!

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Dec 17, 2020

We are grateful to hear that our emphasis on relationship building was helpful and appreciated by your team!

Dec 16, 2020

Reviewer 1210 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Be prepared to have a rigorous examination of your organization including programs, operations, leadership and, above all finances. Regardless of the outcome you will learn a lot about organization.

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Dec 17, 2020

We appreciate your feedback regarding our website. Our website went through a redesign in 2019 and we continue to seek ways we can update and tweak its layout. We welcome any thoughts or ideas on how we can continue to improve the user experience.

Dec 15, 2020

Reviewer 7869 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

It is helpful for us to speak with the Program Director before submitting our LOI because he gave great advice on appropriate request amount, elements of the proposal, and guidelines and milestones that we would need to accomplish before submitting the LOI and the full proposal.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Dec 17, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us this feedback. We are grateful for the work you are doing to serve the common good!

Dec 14, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

I would tell them to do their research about the Murdock mission, vision, it's values and heritage. Look at past grantees and ensure that your program project aligns well.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Dec 14, 2020

We greatly appreciate this kind feedback. We are grateful to hear our approach was helpful to you and your team!

Dec 14, 2020

Reviewer 2480 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

In all my years working with grantors, I have never received the feedback and help from any of them as I did Murdock. They were incredibly open with how I should better my application, and made it very apparent that they were interested in helping our cause. Friendly, helpful and caring. That's the Murdock Charitable Trust.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Dec 14, 2020

Thank you so much for such a kind review. We are grateful to know that our process and approach has been helpful in supporting your organization and mission!

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