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 06, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

This is one of the most arduous and time-consuming grants you will ever tackle. Be prepared mentally and emotionally. Multiple pages of narratives, lots of attachments, a 5-year proforma, all across different methods of submission (online, email attachments, etc). It is also a very long timeline, taking 9 to 18 months. Lots of vetting. They are very focused on sustainability, so be sure to have an answer for that. However, they are one of the only funders to fund new staff positions, even administrative or development positions.


Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Sep 27, 2017 2

Reviewer 490 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Program Officers are very open and communicative, but the process and how much they ask for in preparation for their meetings with the 3 Trustees is excessive. While it is respectful that so much time is put into the process, there should be a better way to help organizations not spend so much time on a grant proposal.


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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

Thank you for your constructive feedback on our process. We are constantly seeking ways to improve our approach and notes like this are critical to our ongoing process.

Aug 30, 2017 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Murdock has a lot of capacity and experience and can make large grants. They are one of few foundations I've found that will fund for capacity building (i.e. development). They also have a lot of experience and are very metric oriented and analytical. That being said, their trustees are four white men of advanced age and their grantmaking reflects that. They place no value on board diversity or on internal leadership by people impacted by the issue the org is working on. I believe that our diversity worked against us. The only orgs that I know that have received funding from Murdock had a relationship with a trustee and the organization was run by white people.


Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Culturally incompetent

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Mar 13, 2019

The Murdock Trust places a high value on diversity across all measures. Though our staff is small, we work diligently to ensure that we bring a diverse collection of voices to the table, representing a wide variety of backgrounds, view points and perspectives. In addition, the Murdock Trust regularly partners with a wide array of individuals and organizations from outside of our immediate team that represent the diverse communities serving the various populations of the Pacific Northwest.

The Murdock Trust regularly invests in nonprofit organizations managed by people of color in order to serve communities of color, such as Greater Than, Adelante Mujeres, Urban League of Seattle, African American Health Coalition, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Mending Wings, and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to name just a small handful. A full list of our grantees can be found on our website (murdocktrust.org).

Aug 30, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Think hard about your capacity to start this grant process. While the funding is substantial and helpful the process is time-consuming and you are at the whim of the funder. Others have told us if you are invited to submit a full application the chances of being funded are 80-90%, great. But it is a long and complicated application process where you'll need to create detailed financial documents, write long essays, etc.


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

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

We appreciate this feedback though we are saddened to hear that you did not have a positive experience with our process. We strive to strike a balance between providing a thorough review of each program and project so as to help ensure that nonprofits are set up for success in the long term while incorporating efficiencies that help ensure time is not lost arbitrarily.

We do our best to avoid telling organizations what to do; however, we will encourage best practices and report out what we know others in the sector to be doing. We are rooting for every nonprofit we meet with and want to see every organization funded, but we also believe we have a responsibility to fund projects that have the best chance to uplift a nonprofit and not proposals that could turn into a burden down the road.

Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

Be sure you are really well-prepared


Worth the time to pitch, Multiyear funding, Positive leader in the field

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Response from M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Jan 23, 2020

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