Learning by Giving

Learning by Giving Grant Program at UM

The University of Montana's Civic Engagement office and Department of Communication Studies partner with the Learning by Giving Foundation to offer a grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations serving Missoula County residents. The Learning By Giving grant program at UM awards $10,000 in funds through grants distributed autumn semester each year.  

Request for Proposals, Autumn 2018

The University of Montana Global Leadership Development class, “Can Giving Change the World?”, with support from the Learning By Giving Foundation, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to provide grants for Missoula County nonprofit organizations. The proposal deadline is Friday, November 9 at noon.

Criteria: Grants will be made in the following program service area:

 Programs that focus on mental health with an emphasis on healthy lifestyles. Key considerations include: mental illness awareness and prevention, suicide prevention, healthy lifestyle promotion. The class is particularly interested in programs that promote active learning and focus on long-term impacts to address these issues within at-risk communities.   

Fall 2017 Grant Recipients: 

Youth Homes: awarded $3,700 to support youth mental health

Garden City Harvest: awarded $3,150 to support the Youth Farm program

Missoula Aging Services: awarded $3,150 to support the Foster Grandparents program

Program Background

The Learning by Giving Foundation promotes the study of philanthropy at the undergraduate level at colleges and universities across the country. The Foundation supports academically rigorous full-credit courses with grants of $10,000 for each class to distribute to local nonprofit organizations. The courses help students understand the social and economic roles of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy and the processes through which social change is funded and implemented across sectors. Students develop critical leadership, professional, interpersonal, and analytical skills as they carry out an effective philanthropic strategy in their local communities.  Through courses offered in a variety of academic disciplines, students experience first hand the art, science and business of philanthropy. The Learning By Giving Foundation seeks to advance the next generation's understanding of philanthropy by providing the financial, technological, and intellectual tools to experience community impact and to make that knowledge widely accessible through an online forum.

The Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship class at the University of Montana teaches students about social responsibility and community building as a means to address and resolve social issues. As can be seen in this recent news clip, students study the role of philanthropy and socially entrepreneurial giving strategies to meet local needs. The class engages students in a philanthropic experience funded by the Learning by Giving program and PPL Montana Community Fund. Students in the class become philanthropists and disburse grants to Missoula-area nonprofit organizations serving a variety of community needs.

For additional information contact Andrea Vernon.

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Students and grant recipients at the Fall 2017 Awards Ceremony.


Previous award recipients include:

  • Red Willow Learning Center
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Youth Homes
  • Native Generational Change
  • Garden City Harvest
  • Youth Homes, Inc.
  • North Missoula Community Development Corporation
  • Poverello Center
  • Watson Children's Shelter, Inc.
  • Missoula Family YMCA
  • RiteCare Language and Hearing Clinic
  • Missoula Food Bank
  • Partnership for Children
  • Missoula Community Food and Agriculture Coalition
  • Flagship Program
  • 1st Way Pregnancy Support
  • Garden City Harvest, Inc.
  • Missoula Aging Services
  • Friends to Youth
  • Ecology Project International
  • Youth Homes, Inc.
  • Montana Natural History Center
  • The Montana Food Bank Network
  • Women's Opportunity and Resource Development
  • The Girls Way, Inc.
  • Humane Society of Western Montana
  • Missoula Children's Theatre
  • Mountain Home Montana