M J Murdock Charitable Trust

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

EIN: 23-7456468

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41Builds relationships40Responsive39Friendly39Likes site visits36"Gets" nonprofits and issues33Positive leader in the field28Gives more than money22Insightful19Openminded18Culturally sensitive12Risk taker7Risk averse

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M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jun 08, 2020

Reviewer 2882 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

If you do not have a relationship with Murdock, it would be best to give yourself 6 months BEFORE the grant process to work on forming a relationship with someone at the Trust. THEN begin the conversation about submitting an LOI. Plan on at least a year to go from an initial request to write LOI to receiving funding notification.

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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

Jun 08, 2020

We appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback.

Jun 08, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

When you complete a Murdock grant - you are ready for any application anywhere else. The process is intimidating but now...having applied twice...we understand the process and it is less difficult. The Murdock process involves an LOI and you can learn a ton from writing it. If it is rejected, they will tell you why - if you ask. Once the LOI is accepted, understand that your Program Director is your friend and partner and that they want you to succeed. If they can't help you succeed, they will help for a future "ask". In fact, after working with our PD, we withdrew an application recently because we felt we were not in a good position. And then we turned right around and made a better ask and were granted. So I would tell a colleague - try to learn from the process - even if you are not granted your first time around.

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jun 08, 2020

Thank you for this thoughtful feedback on our process. We seek to ensure that every organization to which we make a grant is well positioned for success. We are so glad to hear the process was helpful!

Jun 08, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Be very precise in your application. All of the information is important. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions. I found everyone within the trust at any given point to be extremely friendly and willing to help.

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jun 08, 2020

Thank you so much for this feedback!

Apr 16, 2020

Reviewer 1643 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Make sure before starting this process you have adequate capacity to produce a comprehensive and thoughtful proposal. This is not a simple process and it will take some significant capacity to produce the required narratives and attachments. You should be able to show clear alignment with your mission, stakeholder support, strong leadership, and a strong financial plan for the coming years to ensure your project is sustainable. We have found that if you have done your homework and have a compelling case for support that the Trust has been very supportive and catalytic to our growth.

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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

Apr 16, 2020

Thank you for this helpful guidance regarding our grants process and ways we can continue to improve!

Apr 13, 2020

Reviewer 8791 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

It is best to try to meet with someone associated with Murdock. The process is thorough and they have forms that need to be rigorously developed. Once a representative is assigned to your project, the assigned person is very responsive and available. We had an on-site review with the representative. Murdock met all of their time commitments.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Apr 13, 2020

Thank you for your helpful advice to future applicants and your constructive feedback on our process!

Mar 27, 2020

Reviewer 9510 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Make sure you fit within their scope and follow their instructions on the application process. They are a fantastic organization to work with, no question, but it is a longer process because it's a valuable one - both you and they need to know that it's a good fit.

Pros

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

Mar 27, 2020

Thank you so much for this kind feedback. We are grateful our process was helpful!

Mar 25, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The trust has a lot of information on their website and it's important to browse through all of it to understand their process. As an added bonus, a lot of the information they provide applies to all grant writing. After I read that, I approached the fund well ahead of the application (in our case a year and a half) to get a sense of the timeline and to answer any questions that I had. After the application is received and approved, it takes several months before it's reviewed by their trustees so you need to plan accordingly. The letter of inquiry is not too hard to complete but the full proposal is very extensive and will require the help of many other people to complete (CEO, CFO, Board President). The fund asks for updated budgets and project status throughout the review, so it's helpful to keep your back end documentation organized so that your numbers stay consistent. The grant officer that was assigned to us was very helpful.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Mar 25, 2020

Thank you for your feedback on our resources and your thoughts on how we can streamline our process.

Mar 24, 2020

Reviewer 3949 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Murdock staff is responsive, patient and truly knowledgeable. This was a new level for our organization to aspire to and they responded with great patience.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits

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Mar 24, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has an incredibly thorough grant process. Their program directors take time to learn the ins and outs of the organization and the project. Our program director guided us through the process and was such a fantastic resource to our organization.

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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

Mar 24, 2020

Thank you for this thoughtful feedback!

Mar 23, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Do have an initial meeting with a representative-we attended a grantmakers roundtable to meet. Also make sure your project plans are complete with a clear timeline, financials and know why you are doing what you are doing and how it will benefit both the organization and the community.

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Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Mar 23, 2020

Thank you for your constructive, positive feedback on our process!

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