News and Insights

Looking Ahead to the Next Billion

06/28/2019

Dana Miller | Guest Contributor, Senior Program Director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust | It’s an exciting day at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. As part of our Founder’s Day celebration marking our 44th anniversary, we announced that, since opening our doors in 1975, we have awarded more than $1 billion in grants to nonprofits that serve the Pacific Northwest.

Preparing for this announcement has allowed our team to reflect on the thousands of nonprofits we have had the opportunity to partner with over the years and the myriad projects that we have helped bring to fruition in some small way. more »

A Season of Change at Meyer Memorial Trust

09/18/2015

Doug Stamm, Meyer Memorial Trust | September always brings change: weather shifts from hot to cool, busy autumn mornings replace leisurely summer afternoons, days grow incrementally shorter. Here at Meyer Memorial Trust, in a year filled with changes, the month offers a moment to reflect on where we have been and on where we are heading. Last year, Meyer awarded more grants than ever before — 515 grants and loans just over $46 million; we are again on track to make the largest payout in the foundation’s history. But we haven’t only been making grants this year. We began outreach in several of our four priority focus areas — housing, education, the environment, and supporting a vibrant nonprofit sector. more »

Practices That Matter – Project Streamline Takes Stock of Streamlining

06/03/2013

Five years ago, Project Streamline – a field-wide effort led by the Grants Managers Network – published “Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted From Purpose,” a study of the burdens of application and reporting. In a new report, Practices That Matter, Project Streamline documents how, even as many foundations are increasingly aware of and committed to streamlining, the average nonprofit organization still experiences a burdensome process. more »