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

Oct 22, 2018 1

Reviewer 5016 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Before all else, consider whether you have at least a four-year organizational history that will build the case for growth. I feel like Murdock looks at and weighs history in the application, which can be frustrating for less established organizations, but very validating for orgs who have good track records. Pitch a few project ideas and let them give feedback on what may or may not align with their priorities!


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

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Jul 13, 2018 1

Reviewer 7713 - Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

They like being told well in advance about potential projects and will not fund anything long-term. They want grantees to become self-sufficient


Insightful, Builds relationships, Likes site visits

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Jul 10, 2018 2

Professional in the field

Please note - directly from a board member who has a personal relationship with this funder - They have a cold, old fashioned, risk averse process. Their trustees and other involved also fund anti-LGBT groups/actions.

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Mar 13, 2019

We do our very best to build an open, welcoming process to every individual, nonprofit and partner we work with based on 43 years of experience in the funding space and informed by extensive feedback from our applicants and grantees. We gather this feedback through many channels, including a regularly conducted survey of applicants and grantees through the Center for Effective Philanthropy (which reflects a positive experience overall by both applicants and grantees https://murdocktrust.org/evaluating-our-efforts/)

That said, we are always trying to improve our process as we know that we are not perfect. We are disheartened to hear that any applicant or partner left with this impression of our organization and we welcome the opportunity to meet personally to hear specific feedback related to your experience so we can improve.

We are aware that there have been misrepresentations made about our work in regards to LGBTQ issues. We have previously clarified that The Murdock Trust does not support projects that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Our organization has remained committed to human flourishing and human rights throughout our history. We collaborate with very diverse leaders, including many members of the LGBTQ community, as we have worked on projects and supported the work of diverse nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. The organizations to which we have provided grants serve very diverse populations, including the LGBTQ community. You can read more here: https://murdocktrust.org/answering-questions/

Jul 09, 2018 1

Reviewer 1422 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

The LOI process is deceptively simple and the response time is short. On the other hand, the application is much more arduous than any other Foundation in the local area. Program Officer was abrupt, impersonal, and difficult to work with, repeatedly asking for information that was already given. They are not culturally sensitive. Review guidelines thoroughly before applying- if they state they "do not generally fund" something, they don't fund it. Period. Make sure your financials are solid before approaching this funder.

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May 22, 2018 3

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

I wish we hadn't wasted our time pursuing a Murdock grant. It was a long and arduous process and to invest so much time and not get funded is painful. If you do direct service and are a large(r) mainstream organization maybe you'll do better than we did. They are the epitome of a white-savior-funder. Their own agenda built on hierarchies of white privilege.


Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Risk averse

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Feb 20, 2018 1

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

This was the most laborious grant application I ever had to write. We had to jump through many hoops, had an extensive in-person visit, and then were not funded. The whole process took almost a year.


Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Bureaucratic

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Jan 22, 2018 1

Reviewer 752 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Their time is limited, but they will take time for projects that interest them. They are exacting in their expectations.


Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Oct 23, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Definitely call before you write the LOI. But I've seen them encourage several grants that they would never fund. Very difficult processes. Not very nice site visit. They have a ton of money, but... I'm not sure it's worth working with them. It's the worst, longest, most difficult application I've ever done. And to do that, and then not get funded....


Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Oct 10, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Murdock staff are helpful, easy to connect with and genuinely care about supporting young people. They do not fund current, ongoing programming, so I would recommend applying if you are planning to grow or add a staff person. The process is extremely onerous, especially once you get past the LOI stage, which likely makes it hard for smaller, community-based and POC-led nonprofits to apply.


Risk taker, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Oct 06, 2017 3

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Definitely make contact with foundation staff. Be very clear if your organization's status and the proposal. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application. Make sure your financials and other documents are in order. The application is very intertwined so a change in one area has ripple effects that requires changes to other responses to be internally consistent.

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