Mt. Adams Institute Receives $75,000 Grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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Trout Lake, Wash. (Oct. 3, 2021) — Mt. Adams Institute (MAI) received a $75,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for facility construction and renovation on MAI’s campus. This includes final additions to the new pavilion, replacement of bunkhouse entranceways and bathroom floors, landscaping, and retrofitting structures to be ADA compliant. The project will be completed by 2023.


“As part of the organization’s strategic plan, we identified the need to invest in the physical infrastructure of our campus so we could better serve our growing programs and increased number of participants,” said Brendan Norman, Executive Director. “We’re focused on improving access to our buildings and increasing our capacity during the shoulder season when inclement weather can throw a wrench in outdoor programming. This project has received generous support from the community and the Murdock Foundation’s grant helped top off our fundraising efforts. We’re excited to see the impact of these improvements”


Mt. Adams Institute is a 501(c)(3) that operates a variety of programs that strengthen the connection between people and the natural world. MAI’s Summer Camp and Sense of Place Lecture Series serve many residents in the Columbia River Gorge region. MAI’s VetsWork and Public Lands Stewards programs provide career development opportunities to veterans and young adults interested in public lands and natural resource management jobs. Learn more at


The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust has been supporting the growth of Pacific Northwest nonprofits since 1975. The Trust’s mission is to serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, through grantmaking, enrichment programs and convenings that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in ways that are innovative and sustainable. Learn more at