MURDOCK CHARITABLE TRUST AWARDS PLAYHOUSE MAJOR GRANT

BY JEFFREY MARTIN | jeff@portlandplayhouse.org

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, an entity formed in 1975 to “enrich the quality of life in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington,” recently awarded Portland Playhouse a $275,000 grant in support of a capital campaign to renovate its historic church.

The grant represents a whopping 13.8 percent of the Playhouse’s capital campaign goal of $2 million. 

As of March 2, the Playhouse has raised 90 percent of its goal.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has partnered with almost 2,500 organizations, investing more than $850 million across 6,000-plus grants.

“For more than 40 years,” according to a statement on its website, “the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has focused on its mission to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, scientific, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.”

The fundraising continues for the Playhouse - a crowdfunding effort is ongoing and there is a celebratory brunch on March 12.