MJ Murdock Charitable Trust: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s mental health-related grantmaking is relatively broad, focusing on the psychological needs of residents in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

IP TAKE: Murdock accepts unsolicited applications and supports a good number of organizations annually. Grantseekers should highlight how their mental health work will impact the communities, particularly work geared toward the benefit of young people.

PROFILE: The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was established in 1975 by the will of the late Melvin J. Murdock, cofounder of Tektronix Inc. Murdock issued a directive for the trust to nurture and enrich the educational, spiritual, cultural, and social lives of individuals, families, and communities. The M.J. Murdock Trust awards grants in the five states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Areas of grantmaking interest are varied here, including arts and culture, education, health and human services, and research. Mental health related grants are awarded through the trust’s health and human services funding area.

Like most of the Murdock’s giving, the health and human services funding area encompasses many topics that address the “physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs” of those living in its five-state priority region. While the trust does not point to a specific beneficiary population in its health and human services grantmaking, it does prefer organizations working with young people.   

The majority of grants awarded by Murdock fall in the $25,000 to $200,000 range, with a handful above the higher limit. Grants are spread relatively evenly between large and small organizations.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year, which may be submitted electronically or through regular mail.


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