Missoula nonprofit The Girls Way Inc. recently received a $2,000 boost to support programs for local girls thanks to a video contest entry produced by University of Montana student Kelsey McCall.
McCall, originally from Lake Oswego, Ore., is a senior studying political science with minors in international development and nonprofit administration. She entered a national video contest through a philanthropy course she is taking at UM. The contest was sponsored by the Learning by Giving Foundation, which promotes the study of philanthropy for college students nationwide.
The contest provided an opportunity for college students to demonstrate the knowledge, values and decision-making skills they have learned and developed through their philanthropy coursework. The videos help teach about intentional philanthropic giving by highlighting how nonprofit organizations make an impact on their local communities. McCall produced her video as an extra-credit assignment.
“The Girls Way presented to our class about their organization and immediately I was interested in the services they provide for girls in Missoula,” she said. “Not only did I connect to their mission, but I also was very inspired by how far they have come as an organization in such a little time of being open.”
Students in philanthropy courses across the country voted for the top videos, and winners were announced at Northeastern University’s Students for Giving annual social impact conference early in March. McCall’s video tied for second place out of five finalists, earning the $2,000 prize for The Girls Way Inc.
“The Girls Way will use this funding to help pay for sponsorships for underserved girls to participate in all of our activities and classes,” said Holly Rogers, executive director of the nonprofit.
Last year, UM students Ashley Brooks and Ian Orlando won a $1,000 runners-up award for Watson Children’s Shelter with their video contest submission. Through the production of videos, students learn about the importance of nonprofit sector services and programs that meet community needs.
“This experience taught me how applicable the knowledge I am learning in our philanthropy course is for my future career in the nonprofit sector,” McCall said. “Even a project that seems small can make a large impact.”
For more information call Andrea Vernon, director of the UM Office for Civic Engagement, at 406-243-5159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to media: McCall will deliver the $2,000 check to The Girls Way at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28. The nonprofit is located at 1515 Wyoming St., Suite 300.