The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust released its 2017 annual report, which detailed a record year of grant awards totaling more than $57 million.
Disbursements were made to more than 300 nonprofit organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. A number of the grants will benefit Oregonians across the state with 82 grants totaling $14,757,781. Some of the highlights include:
•Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. (now known as Dogs for Better Lives), $300,000 for facility construction to train service animals (www.dogsforbetterlives.org).
•Eastern Oregon Youth for Christ, $250,000 for facility construction to increase youth outreach (http://eoregon.yfc.net).
•Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc., $255,000 to expand development program to support research and education (www.fanconi.org).
•Oregon Council for the Humanities, $166,500 for technology improvements to support community programming (www.oregonhumanities.org).
•Nonprofit Association of Oregon, $190,000 for Special Track for Nonprofit Support Organizations to expand services in rural communities (www.nonprofitoregon.org).
•Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, $475,000 for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner upgrade to support biomedical and clinical research; and $59,854 for OmnEcoil: combined endorectal prostatic MR imaging and biopsy device for commercialization initiation (www.ohsufoundation.org).
•Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, $250,000 for new equipment to enhance the planetarium projection system (www.omsi.edu).
•Oregon State University, $850,000 for innovation laboratory technology to support Hatfield Marine Science Center research, education and outreach (www.oregonstate.edu).
•University of Oregon Foundation, $500,500 for Mesoscale Microscope and electroencephalogram equipment to support neuroscience research (www.uofoundation.org).
Founded in 1975 by the estate of Melvin “Jack” Murdock, the trust supports organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. Serving nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, the Murdock Trust invests in projects across the health and human services, arts and culture, scientific research and educational sectors.