Funders Spotlight: The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Grants like the ones received from the Murdock Trust help accomplish SCF’s Vision of a Native Community that enjoys physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Southcentral Foundation receives visitors year-round and is proud to showcase its state-of-the-art facilities and the Nuka System of Care. This summer, SCF welcomed Jan Kennedy from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Kennedy toured SCF with President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb. For nearly two decades, the Murdock Trust has partnered with SCF helping to achieve whole-person wellness.

Created in 1975, the Murdock Trust enriches the quality of life in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Its mission is to serve individuals, families, and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The Murdock Trust was established by the last will and testament of the late Melvin Jack Murdock, co-founder of Tektronix, a lifelong resident of the Northwest, and dedicated philanthropist.

The Murdock Trust has funded nearly $3 million in grants that have assisted diverse programs at SCF since 2001.

Most recently, the Murdock Trust awarded SCF $949,000 in support of the Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program. The program is jointly managed by SCF and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The money will fund a pediatric dentist, behavioral health consultant, and a speech and language pathologist.

Other Murdock Trust grants have helped The Pathway Home purchase vocational materials and equipment used to assist students develop technical skills and work-related experience. As a result, the students increased knowledge and skills in the culinary, mechanical, and carpentry trades. Some students gained proficient skills in food service, engine repair, welding, automotive repair, and framing and roofing.

Family Wellness Warriors Initiative seeks to address and end the devastating problems of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in the Alaska Native Community. FWWI used a Murdock Trust grant for the development of curriculum and training when the program was established nearly two decades ago. Since its inception, thousands across Alaska have received training and support to help end violence and continue their path toward wellness.

The Native Men’s Wellness Program raises awareness of Alaska Native and American Indian men’s health and wellness and provides a safe place for participants that supports healthy relationships while developing transferable vocational skills. The program received a Murdock Trust grant to create a mentoring program that includes multiple You are a Warrior workshops, learning circles, and Our Stories We Share luncheons. The mentoring program was so successful, it led to future federal funding.

SCF’s Learning Institute strives to share SCF’s best practices on a global scale. A grant from the Murdock Trust helped the institute hire additional employees to develop new curriculum and business plans for the Discover, Learn, and Transform philosophy utilized by the program. In addition to the annual Nuka System of Care Conference, the Learning Institute has interacted with hundreds of organizations from more than 20 different countries.

Grants like the ones received from the Murdock Trust help accomplish SCF’s Vision of a Native Community that enjoys physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. SCF thanks the Murdock Trust and all of the funders who have supported SCF.

by Sharon Leighow

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