M J Murdock Charitable Trust

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

EIN: 23-7456468

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

Apr 03, 2019 1

Reviewer 4745 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be prepared for a fairly quick turn around on the LOI, but be planned to wait for nine months for a visit and decision to be made regarding the grant application.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We appreciate this feedback regarding our process. We always strive to provide prompt responses to inquiries from applicants. This is part of the reason why we invest in ensuring that each applicant has the opportunity to build a personal partnership with a single program director so there is a specific resource for questions and feedback throughout the process. While no organization or individual is perfect, we strive to ensure every inquiry via phone or email receives a response within 1-2 business days.

Apr 03, 2019 1

Reviewer 6540 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Have a very clear definition of who you are, your work history, mission, accomplishments, goals and plans to accomplish the goals. Be sure to integrate your Christian and your organizations values as part of the research.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We appreciate your thoughtful feedback and we are grateful to hear that our process was helpful to your organization. While the Trust is not a faith-based organization itself, about 25-30% of our grants are made to faith-based organizations (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc) while 70-75% of our grants are made to secular organizations.

Apr 03, 2019 1

Reviewer 9949 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

While the Trust may seem a bit bureaucratic at first, once you are familiar with their process, it becomes easier. Reading the guidelines carefully is essential. Program officers and staff are helpful.

Pros

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience with the nonprofit community and potential future applicants. We appreciate your constructive notes regarding our reporting questions and will look into ways we can evolve this as we seek to continuously tweak and improve our process based on feedback.

Apr 01, 2019 1

Reviewer 7523 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Fund some very specific things and only those things. Have a very well documented and thorough application process.

Cons

Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Risk averse

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Nov 15, 2018 1

Reviewer 4750 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Make sure you are fully grant ready before submission. This foundation is very thorough in their pre-award vetting process and wants to see clear alignment with your mission, strong leadership, and board buy-in. Their website includes a thorough toolkit to help you prepare.

Pros

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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience partnering with us. We are grateful for this feedback!

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