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.  

Oct, 2017 Funding Opportunity for Nonprofits! 

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.

Criteria: Grants will be made in the following program service area:
Youth: Programs that are focused on youth mental health.  Key areas for consideration include: suicide prevention, substance abuse, mental illness awareness and prevention, crisis support, and abuse and neglect.  The class is receptive to programs that integrate outdoor recreation and/or environmental stewardship to promote youth mental health.  

Grant Funding Levels:

  1. Grant size is between $2,000 and $10,000
  2. Total funding available is $10,000

Eligibility: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization at the time of the application and throughout the duration of the program if funded. Applicants must operate in Missoula County. Funds must be expended within twelve months of receiving grant funding.  

The proposal deadline is Wednesday, November 8 at noon.  For more information click here to access the full RFP.  


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.

UM students and 2016 grant recipients
Students and grant recipients at the Autumn 2016 Awards Ceremony.


Previous award recipients include:

  • Red Willow Learning Cener
  • 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