March 19, 2024:  The Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) Foundation recently received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington for the new Evelyn S. Dame Nursing and Allied Health Professions Center (NAHPC).  TVCC Foundation Executive Director Cathy Yasuda said the $400,000 top-off grant will go towards the construction of the new facility and is contingent upon completing the project as proposed.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, and a resident of Vancouver, Washington.  Since its establishment on June 30, 1975, with a bequest of about $90 million, the Trust has focused its grantmaking efforts primarily in five states of the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  The trust’s current assets are valued at about $1 billion, and over the life of the Trust, more than $900 million has been distributed through more than 6,000 grants.

The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, cultural, and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways.


“This is the first grant we have received from Murdock, and we are extremely grateful for being one of the few public two-year community colleges to receive a grant of this size,” Yasuda said.  “We are grateful to Murdock’s generous support and investment in this new facility that will meet the current and future healthcare needs in our region.”

“TVCC is very thankful for this generous grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust which will support TVCC’s completion of the Evelyn S. Dame Nursing and Allied Health Professions Center as proposed.  We are excited to construct a state-of-the-art innovative learning center that will benefit so many students who are interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare field.  TVCC is poised and ready to expand delivery of instruction, train students, and increase the number of skilled workforce professionals needed in our region. We appreciate the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s support in helping us make this important capital project become a reality.” stated Dr. Dana Young, TVCC President.