M J Murdock Charitable Trust

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

EIN: 23-7456468

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39Builds relationships37Responsive36Likes site visits35Friendly33"Gets" nonprofits and issues30Positive leader in the field25Gives more than money20Insightful16Openminded15Culturally sensitive10Risk taker7Risk averse

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M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Apr 09, 2019 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Reach out and connect with a program officer.

Pros

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.

Pros

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.

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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 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.

Apr 07, 2019 1

Reviewer 3839 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The Trust provides a wealth of information available on their website, and I'd encourage a colleague to spend some hours reviewing the material. It helps situate you into the framework of the Trust's philosophy, so you understand how to connect your work to the Trust's priorities.

Pros

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We appreciate this constructive feedback regarding our online resources for potential applicants. In January 2020, we debuted an updated design and layout to our website, based on feedback from our grantees and applicants, that should make these resources more easily navigable. Thank you for your input!

Apr 06, 2019 1

Reviewer 7310 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

My experience is that the Trust staff wants your organization to succeed and so they are conscious of the time they know it takes to apply. To that end, they have a great website that clearly outlines the areas they fund and those they don't so there are few surprises about areas of focus and interests. They are also accessible by phone and email both before and during the process.

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Insightful, 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 believe in taking a balanced approach between providing a thorough review of projects and programs that helps ensure success for applicants in the long term while incorporating as many efficiencies as possible to reduce the time required to complete an application. We are grateful to hear that this balance has been a positive to your organization and we appreciate this feedback.

Apr 04, 2019 1

Reviewer 9064 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The Murdock Trust application process can take time, but I encourage you to look at the process as an opportunity to examine your organizational health. The program officers will walk with you along the way!

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We are humbled by your kind remarks on our team and process. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Apr 04, 2019 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust is committed to enriching the lives of those in the communities where they give.
I’ve worked with Murdock Trust program officers for the better part of 20 years in various grantseeking roles and found that statement to be very true. It has been a privilege and a great learning opportunity to work with the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust.

The Trust is a model foundation that is accessible – its program officers are very responsive and approachable. The Trust is transparent in its practices – they have always been honest in informing us in advance whether a concept will or will not be competitive and offering guidance as to ways to strengthen a request, and they do what they say they will do. I have never experienced any surprises in working with the Trust if I did my due diligence up front. They are very thorough in their grantmaking and take seriously their responsibility to exercise their due diligence. This is something that may seem slow, fastidious, and old school to some, but in the long run is extremely beneficial. If an organization is listening, it can learn a great deal from the Trust’s thoroughness. The Trust is collaborative and innovative – in the past, the Trust has held workshops for grantees where the conversations have been two-way to ensure they know what is on the minds of their grant recipients as they consider new practices. They have shown their innovation by inviting potential grantees to participate in beta-testing new grantmaking concepts. The Trust’s support of its grantees extends beyond the financial resources they make available – they have scholars in residence, take on interns, host conferences and workshops to share information and convene others. Our experiences have been nothing but positive.

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

We appreciate your thorough overview of our organization and we are humbled by your kind words here. Thank you for sharing your experience with potential future applicants!

Apr 04, 2019 1

Reviewer 6776 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

The Murdock staff’s on-site visit was invaluable to our team’s ability to submit a grant application that was thoroughly responsive to the demands of the Murdock process. Be prepared for this event.

The grant application requirements are exacting and time-consuming. As it should be. With scores of applications submitted each year requesting thousands of dollars for worthwhile projects, a full factual disclosure of each applicant’s history, mission, financial stability and organizational integrity is critical to the foundation’s decision making. The Murdock application process not only facilitates their internal evaluation, but it also provided us with a clear path to writing an effective, fact-based application.

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 23, 2020

We are so pleased to hear that our program director's site visit was beneficial to your process. We believe strongly in the value of in-person engagement to strengthen the application process.

We appreciate your feedback regarding our application. We recently rolled out a new grants management system designed to make the process more streamlined for all groups involved and we are constantly tweaking our system to create more efficiencies.

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