M J Murdock Charitable Trust

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

EIN: 23-7456468

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Top descriptors for this funder

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

Mar 23, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The funder is very thorough and will be open and communicative about what they are interested in funding and what might be less compelling. Our program officer was very responsive, supportive, and helpful throughout the process.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Mar 23, 2020

We are so pleased to hear that your experience working with one of our program directors was beneficial. Thank you for this feedback!

Mar 23, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Read the Trust's website and call them to discuss your project. They are very helpful and responsive.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Friendly, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Mar 23, 2020

We are grateful for your feedback that our online resources were useful in your application process. We recently updated our website to streamline access to our digital resources and we continue to make tweaks and updates based on feedback.

Mar 23, 2020

Reviewer 1388 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Definitely start with a phone call to see if your project fits with their current priorities.

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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 23, 2020

Thank you for your feedback on each phase of our process. We are so glad the personal connection to our staff was useful in your application!

Mar 23, 2020

Reviewer 5647 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The foundation is very responsive and helpful in their process. We found that communication with them was key in the process. Paying diligent attention to the exact wording of their requests is paramount, as is careful planning and consideration of all aspects of their application. The application process was quite lengthy for a non-profit without professional staff.

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Positive leader in the field, 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 23, 2020

Thank you for your feedback on our process. We are always looking to identify opportunities to streamline our application flow and will take your notes under advisement. We are so glad to hear that, overall, our partnership was a positive experience!

Mar 20, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

It is important to understand the giving priorities of the Trust before approaching. The trust is focused on the Northwest region. They are interested in learning about your work and will give good advice so be up front and transparent with your needs when meeting with the Trust.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Mar 20, 2020

We appreciate this feedback and all that you do to serve the common good!

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.

Pros

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.

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

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.

Pros

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!

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