Kalispell Receives M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust Grant to Launch Youth Entrepreneurship Program

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Grants $262,000 to Launch Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Kalispell, MT and 4 other Pacific NW cities 

Kalispell, Montana. (Feb. 3, 2020) -- The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has continued to invest in educational efforts that inspire entrepreneurism in today’s youth with a $262,000 grant to Lemonade Day that will bring the widely praised business education program to Kalispell, MT as well as four other Northwest communities.  

The additional Pacific Northwest cities that will be hosting Lemonade Day in 2020 with funding from the Murdock Trust, coupled with funding from sponsors and supporters, include Lakewood, WA.; Vancouver, WA.; Yakima County, WA.; and Medford & Jackson County, OR.  These five communities join six existing markets that host Lemonade Day in the Pacific Northwest. 

 “Expanding Lemonade Day in the Pacific Northwest was made possible through the generosity of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust,” said Steven Gordon, Lemonade Day national president. 

“This program engages kids, adult mentors, sponsors and supporters in a meaningful and memorable community-based experience with long-term benefits. Research that Lemonade Day has conducted with the venerable Gallup organization indicates that kids involved in our program are nearly eight times more likely to start a real business in the future than kids who have not participated in our program.” 

Lemonade Day is a national program that empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s business and community leaders by helping them to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. The nonprofit organization offers a free, fun program that teaches kids business and character-building skills that will serve them for life. Lemonade Day encourages kids to spend some, save some and share some of their profits with a cause that matters to them. Lemonade Day typically runs from late April through September in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. For more information about Lemonade Day, please visit www.lemonadeday.org. 

 “Our benefactor, Jack Murdock, was an entrepreneur himself, starting a small business at a very young age and then co-founding Tektronix. He placed incredible value on the role entrepreneurs play in helping ensure our communities flourish and thrive. At the Murdock Trust, we seek opportunities to continue Jack’s legacy by supporting youth, education, entrepreneurship and community throughout the region,” said Steve Moore, executive director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. “This grant reflects Murdock Trust’s continued investment in the Pacific Northwest, having donated more than $1 billion to non-profits that serve the Pacific Northwest since 1975.” 

The Chamber of Kalispell is thrilled to host this program: 

“We are excited to bring Lemonade Day to Montana and show students that they can be a successful business owner right here in Kalispell. We’re looking forward to helping facilitate connections between our area students, current business owners, and community members to develop a network of support, foster community relationships, and communicate the value of entrepreneurship to a small city.” 

-Kate Lufkin
Director of Education and Workforce
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

About M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust 
The Murdock 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, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. Since its inception in 1975, the Trust has awarded more than 6,700 grants totaling more than $1 billion. For more information, find the Murdock Trust on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and the website. 

Media contacts for Lemonade Day:
Kate Lufkin, Director of Education and Workforce Development
Kalispell Chamber of  Commerce
(406) 758-2801

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