M J Murdock Charitable Trust

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

EIN: 23-7456468

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31Builds relationships28Responsive26"Gets" nonprofits and issues26Likes site visits25Friendly22Positive leader in the field17Gives more than money16Insightful14Culturally sensitive11Openminded9Risk taker7Risk averse

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M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 10, 2020

Reviewer 6492 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Confirm your organization is eligible BEFORE submitting an LOI. The Trust does not screen out ineligible organizations until AFTER a full application is submitted, so you'll want to avoid spending 40+hours completing an application for nothing.

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We are sorry to hear that any nonprofit has this experience while working with the Murdock Trust. We know that time is a precious commodity for the nonprofits serving the Pacific Northwest and teams rarely have time to invest in an effort that does not contribute positively to their stated mission which is why we seek to provide multiple opportunities throughout our grants process to ensure that an applicant and the Trust are a proper fit.

On our website, we provide guidance as to the types of organizations and projects that we typically support. If an organization feels that their program aligns with those guidelines, we request that they complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) equivalent to 2-3 pages of writing that provides us a deeper insight into the potential fit before moving on to our application process. In addition, if an applicant has questions about whether their project may be a fit with the Murdock Trust, we encourage them to reach out to us directly at any phase of the process and our program directors are happy to answer questions and provide guidance.

Jan 06, 2020

Reviewer 8637 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

They are very transparent about what they do. A phone call is definitely the way to start the conversation. They will respond.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We are grateful for your positive feedback on our process and appreciate your constructive input as to ways we could expand the projects we fund.

Jan 02, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

It is important to know that the Trust covers only brand new expenses. So all work proposed will expand your organization's budget and it is important to think through how to sustain that work beyond the Trust's funding.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 02, 2020

We appreciate your thoughtful feedback on our process and your kind words regarding the Trust's commitment to fund capacity building projects that help serve and support the mission of our grantees.

We are grateful that our Program Directors were able to help create a smooth application process for your organization. We will take a closer look at our instruction documents o ensure they are fully up to date.

Dec 19, 2019

Reviewer 4477 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

They are great for larger projects and capital expenditure. The grant officers are very approachable and helpful.

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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

Jan 02, 2020

We appreciate your ongoing commitment to serve the common good of the Pacific Northwest and your thoughtful input regarding potential areas for growth by the Trust.

Dec 12, 2019

Reviewer 6336 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Research the foundation and ask questions so your mission aligns with their mission and goals.

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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, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 02, 2020

We believe in-person engagement between the Trust and the nonprofits we serve through our site visits is a critical element of building relationships and ensuring projects are set up for long term success. We appreciate your feedback!

Dec 09, 2019

Reviewer 955 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

This was our first application to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and we found the process to be quite smooth. The turnaround time for both the LOI to be reviewed/accepted and for the final evaluation/board review to take place was shorter for us than the website had led us to believe (though I'm not sure whether this is typical). Our program officer was genuinely interested in our project and organization and was communicative throughout the process.

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Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 02, 2020

Thank you so much for this feedback regarding our process and your relationship with your Program Director.

Dec 05, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The Trust invests time and energy into developing relationships with their grantees. They view projects collaboratively and rarely fund a project without a financial investment from their grantees. They seem to enjoy site visits and are actually pretty delightful. We have worked with them on several projects over many years and appreciate the care and attention they invest in ensuring a successful investment of their funds.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 02, 2020

We do believe that site visits provide invaluable, in-person connection and engagement that strengthens the entire grantmaking process. Thank you for your feedback!

Dec 04, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The Trust provides clear directives and outlines for the information they need in order to consider your request. Follow directions, they are wonderful to work with.

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 02, 2020

Thank you for your kind feedback regarding our staff!

Dec 04, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust really personalizes the experience. We were impressed by how quickly they responded to us at each step of the process, and how well our Program Officer guided us, particularly in preparation for their final presentation to the Trustees. The proposal does take a long time, so plan to spend several days both writing and pulling together all the needed documents. But the promise of multi-year funding for operations or capacity building makes it worth it.

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Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 02, 2020

We truly appreciate your feedback regarding our application process and platform. We recently introduced a new grant application tool and we are constantly seeking to update and improve our application experience based on feedback. Thank you for sharing your experience and recommendations.

Sep 06, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Understand your needs and have the ability to communicate them.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, 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

Jan 02, 2020

Thank you for your feedback!

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