Murdock Trust Award for NCNM Research Institute Nets $410,992
July 23, 2013 —The National College of Natural Medicine received notice from theM.J. Murdock Charitable Trust last week that the college will be awarded $155,000, the result of satisfying a conditional 1:1 matching contribution as specified by the Murdock Trust in December 2012. The gift is part of an overall $220,000 Murdock donation, the largest grant that NCNM has received from a private charitable foundation in its 57-year history.
NCNM’s successful Murdock Challenge Campaign was completed fully 12 months before the Murdock deadline of June 2014. The campaign raised an additional $190,992 in donations from the college’s friends and supporters. The Murdock gift, together with NCNM’s matching funds—a total amount of $410,992—will be used to pay off the remaining debt accrued in renovating the NCNM Helfgott Research Institute and Community Education Center. The building, which houses the School of Research and Graduate Studies, and Charlee’s Kitchen, a training and research kitchen, opened in September 2013.
NCNM President David J. Schleich expressed gratitude to the Murdock Trust for its strong vote of confidence in the college’s mission and goals. “Since 1956, the National College of Natural Medicine has steadily prepared its students for careers as licensed healing professionals. In addition to helping improve the health of untold numbers of patients throughout North America, our graduates are making global contributions in the fields of medicine, science, research and education,” he said.
“As a private, nonprofit institution, NCNM is not privy to state funding to improve our campus or to expand educational opportunities for our students,” Schleich said. “Funding such as this allows us to continue to widen the opportunities and open doors for the talented physicians, practitioners and researchers to join the rapid front of change before us,”
Schleich noted that NCNM has been the recipient of a number of other sizeable donations for the research and community center. The college also received a grant of $198,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust; approximately $700,000 from Bob and Charlee Moore, co-founders of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods and noted nutrition advocates and philanthropists; and $200,000 from the estates of Violet Beebe of Coeur d’Alene; and Marjorie A. Gage of Portland. Beebe and Gage were grateful patients of NCNM natural medicine practitioners.
Schleich said, “We are enormously grateful to the Murdock Trust and all of our benefactors who see the future and generously support our school, students and programs.”