Learning by Giving Grant Program

The University of Montana's Experiential Learning and Career Success 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.

Apply now for the Fall 2021 Grant

This year, 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 Monday, November 8th at 5 p.m. 

Programs that address homelessness in Missoula County will be considered for funding. We are interested in proposals that focus on improving the quality of life of homeless individuals through implementing preventative measures and/or addressing the effects of homelessness.

Click HERE to download the RFP document.

Fall 2020 Recipients

We are pleased to announce the grant recipients for the Fall 2020 semester.

  • Habitat for Humanity Missoula, Inc. received $3,000 for their affordable housing programs.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of Missoula (CASA) received $2,000 for their Fostering Futures program.
  • Youth Homes received $3,000 for their Primary Program at the Tom Roy Youth Guidance Home.
  • Inner Roads, Inc. received $2,000 for their Youth and Community Resilience Project.

Each fall semester, the University of Montana’s Global Leadership Initiative class, “Can Giving Change the World?” provides grant opportunities for local nonprofit organizations. Please check back in October, 2021 for this year’s RFP and guidelines.

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

Previous Reward Recipients

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