Vancouver Trust Gives Money to Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, established by the estate of the co-founder of Tektronix, gave the Oregon nonprofit $200,000 among nearly $15 million in grants.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver has handed out nearly $15 million in grants to Oregon nonprofits, including Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.

The grants, announced Friday, included $200,000 to Cascadia. The grants in the Portland area also went to Portland Playhouse, All Hands Raised, Tucker Maxon School, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Freshwater Trust, SPOON Foundation and the Oregon Justice Resource Center.

Steve Moore, executive director of the trust, said the foundation is keenly aware of the need for mental health services in Oregon and the rest of the Northwest.

“Organizations like Cascadia Behavioral Health are doing critical work to help local residents receive the care they need, both addressing their immediate challenges and helping prepare them to transition back into a full and productive life where they can flourish and thrive,” Moore said in a statement. “We are proud to support their work.”

The trust was established by the estate of the co-founder of Textronic, Melvin “Jack” Murdock, in 1975. It supports nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington that work on education, health and other social issues.

Cascadia, the largest community-based group providing mental health, housing and other services, is the largest of its type in Oregon, serving 18,000 people a year.

Reach Lynne Terry at Lynne@thelundreport.org.

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