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

Jun 26, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Although the application is rigorous, the grants officers and website provide a lot of really helpful information. Be sure to be prompt and professional when working with the person assigned to your grant.

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Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We are so pleased that the resources we have provided were helpful in your application process. Thank you for providing this feedback!

Jun 26, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The grants manager we worked with was genuinely interested in helping us increase our chances of receiving a grant from the Trust. We implemented their suggestions and were recently notified that the project was approved by the trustees! The application took quite a bit of thought and was very thorough, so it's very clear the Trust funds projects that they believe are sustainable and realistic and will truly make a difference. The resources on the Trust's website were helpful in guiding us through the application process and required documents.

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Positive leader in the field, 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 23, 2020

We believe that engagement between a funder and a nonprofit can be a critical element to a successful grant. We are grateful to hear that the in personal connection you experienced with your program director was helpful in this process. We appreciate your feedback!

Jun 19, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The team is really a partner in the process - When you approach, do your homework in the grant areas and have a fleshed out idea. However, don't be afraid to share some other things in your pipeline and how they relate to your larger goals. This is a funder that cares about your institution.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

Our goal is to come alongside nonprofits across the Pacific Northwest and partner in supporting the work that will help sustain and grow their mission for years to come. We appreciate you sharing your experience working with our team and we are glad to hear that it was beneficial to your work.

Jun 17, 2019

Reviewer 6787 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

In our limited view based on our own experience and that of a partner organization, the application process is rigorous but the structure and intensity of the process definitely varies depending on the program officer.

Pros

Gives more than money, Insightful, 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 to hear your partnership with our program directors was beneficial to the process and appreciate this feedback.

May 01, 2019 1

Reviewer 7964 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

The program managers really act as a partner in developing your grant proposal. Begin a conversation with them early, ideally at the idea formulation/planning stage. The program manager can help shape the project, and help set goals and strategies.

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Positive leader in the field, 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 to hear that our process and partnership was helpful to your team through the application process. Thank you for your feedback!

Apr 09, 2019 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Reach out and connect with a program officer.

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We are grateful to hear that our process was helpful to your organization and humbled by your kind words and suggestions in this review. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback!

Apr 09, 2019 1

Reviewer 1739 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The Trust staff are accessible and responsive. Questions are answered quickly and with respect. The process has been significantly updated in recent years and has cut down on the time it takes to apply. The process also created an internal review of our funding goals and how to better inform and engage our current and prospective investors.

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Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

While we believe in a thorough review process to ensure we are helping set nonprofits up for success in the long term, we are also always looking for ways to create efficiencies in our application and regularly tweak and update our approach. We are grateful to hear that our approach was beneficial to your organization and appreciate your feedback.

Apr 09, 2019 1

Reviewer 1273 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

This funder is highly relational and works hard to provide coaching throughout the application process. With their intentionality towards capacity building, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust is a sought-after foundation for nonprofits needing an operational boost to take their work to the next level! The application and reporting requirements are lengthy, but instructions online are clear and Program Directors are available to assist as needed. Once you've received a grant from Murdock (and successfully met markers in the grant proposal), they are committed to your organization's success and welcome future proposals, as well. The Murdock team sees the importance of infrastructural and programmatic sustainability, and works hard to provide that for the nonprofit organizations it works with.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We are humbled by these kind remarks. Thank you for sharing your experience!

Apr 08, 2019 1

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

Study the web page and fill out the forms in advance. You will learn a lot about your own project and organization. Their process is a detailed analysis of your organization.

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

Jan 23, 2020

We appreciate this constructive feedback on our process. There is a constant balance between providing a swift experience while also providing the thorough review that helps ensure long term success of projects and programs. We work hard to strike a reasonable balance between these two areas and are constantly evaluating strategies to introduce new efficiencies and streamlined processes. Thank you for your thinking and ideas on this topic.

Apr 08, 2019 1

Reviewer 7674 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Murdock is one of the best funders that we have worked with. The application is detailed and significant information is collected, but it is all read and utilized to make a decision on the proposal. I would ensure that your project is well outlined and that all board, staff, and significant stakeholders are aligned on the project before applying.

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 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind remarks and thoughtful suggestions as to how we can continued to make a positive impact on the Pacific Northwest community.

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