Murdock Trust awards Innovia Foundation $445K for new hires

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington has awarded Innovia Foundation $445,000 in its continued effort to provide support to rural communities in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Innovia Foundation will use the grant award to fund two new staff positions.

Innovia Foundation is currently advertising to fill the positions of North Rural Engagement Manager and South Rural Engagement Manager. The North Rural Engagement Manager will be based in Sandpoint, Idaho and the South Rural Engagement Manager will be positioned in Lewiston, Idaho.

The North Rural Engagement Manager position will serve Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties in Eastern Washington and Bonner and Boundary counties in North Idaho. The South Rural Engagement Manager will serve Asotin, Columbia and Garfield counties in Eastern Washington and Clearwater, Idaho, and Lewis counties in North Idaho.

Both job descriptions can be found at

“We are grateful to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for this generous contribution,” said Innovia Foundation CEO Shelly O’Quinn. “The funding of these two positions will be used to build additional capacity at Innovia Foundation to better serve our rural communities.”

Dana Miller, a senior program director at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, says Innovia Foundation has a keen perspective of the communities it serves.

“Organizations like Innovia Foundation have a front-line view of both the unique needs of their community but also the individuals and organizations who are stepping up with innovative, sustainable solutions to address those needs and help ensure that all individuals and families have the opportunity to flourish,” he said.

“We are grateful for their dedication to the diverse needs of the Pacific Northwest and we are excited to support them as they grow their team to expand their service and impact,” he said.

Grant funding for the two positions is scheduled to last three years. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will provide full funding in the first year of the grant, two-thirds funding in the second year and one-third funding in the final year. Innovia Foundation will gradually build capacity to fully fund the positions by the fourth year. Funding will cover base salary, benefits and program costs.


Innovia Foundation ignites generosity that transforms lives and communities so that every person has the opportunity to thrive. As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho, we partner with people who want to make our world better. We work together to address and solve our region’s problems, help those in need, identify and respond to our greatest opportunities and leave a lasting impact. Each year, Innovia Foundation invests nearly $10 million into our communities through grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and local students.

About M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust  M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. Jack Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington – that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.


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