M J Murdock Charitable Trust

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

EIN: 23-7456468

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46Builds relationships45Friendly45Responsive42"Gets" nonprofits and issues42Likes site visits36Positive leader in the field31Gives more than money24Insightful21Openminded19Culturally sensitive13Risk taker7Risk averse

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M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Sep 24, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

This application is a lot of work, so good to be sure your project is a good fit

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Friendly, Likes site visits

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Sep 25, 2020

We are grateful to hear your experience was positive overall and we appreciate this feedback regarding our financial document process.

Sep 21, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

It is very helpful to speak with staff before starting the LOI process. Based on conversation and feedback from the LOI, we narrowed our grant request/focus, which helped us to be successful.

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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

Sep 21, 2020

Than you for this feedback!

Sep 19, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The application itself is lengthy and very thorough, but you must go through the LOI process first (and definitely talk with a program officer in advance) so you will have framed the project well before beginning. Their due diligence process, including site visit, is extensive and detailed, but well worth going through. They really are trying to help, and the result is a better application and even a better project.

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Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Sep 21, 2020

We are so pleased to hear that our application process was valuable to you and your team!

Sep 17, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Know going in to this, that the application process can be lengthy and will require you to be fully prepared with great detail on all aspects of the project. There can be considerable follow up after you submit. There will be detailed follow up on the project and organizational budget/finances, board involvment, etc. Be ready to work....

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Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Sep 17, 2020

We greatly appreciate this feedback!

Sep 16, 2020

Reviewer 9752 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

I strongly encourage you to have a conversation about the project with a Program Officer prior to starting your LOI - the insights you learn from that call will help you in the process. Once invited to apply, it's all about timing, as in order to submit your application, you have to have over half of your funds raised.

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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

Sep 16, 2020

We are grateful to hear that your communication with our program director(s) was helpful in walking through this process.

Sep 15, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The application process is very detailed and has several steps (including a site visit with board members). Be prepared to have lots of back and forth--they are thorough but fair.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Sep 15, 2020

We truly appreciate this feedback!

Sep 14, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

We had heard that this application process was involved and deliberate so we waited until we thought we were ready to put our best foot forward. I would encourage everyone to do the same.
Staff were incredibly fair and thoughtful, but direct and transparent about expectations. We learned a lot about our organization as we prepared our application.
The full lifecycle of the grant application, review and reporting demands full commitment.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Sep 15, 2020

We are grateful to hear that our process was helpful and empowering!

We do appreciate this feedback regarding transparency related to grant size and we will consider ways we can communicate more effectively on this topic in the future.

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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Friendly

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jun 08, 2020

Thank you so much for this feedback!

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