UM Students to Award $12,500 to Local Nonprofits

October 13, 2014

MISSOULA – A University of Montana class, Engaging Social Responsibility through Philanthropy, will grant a total of $12,500 to local nonprofits this semester, distributing a minimum award of $2,000 and a maximum award of $8,000. 

The grants will benefit local nonprofits and enhance the Missoula community. The class focuses on giving monetary donations to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and address the needs of mental health and/or hunger. 

Local nonprofits that fit the criteria are welcome to apply by Oct. 31. The forms can be found online at

The UM philanthropy class teaches students about social responsibility and community-building to address and resolve social issues. Students study the role of philanthropy and giving strategies to meet local needs. The class, which receives funding from the Learning by Giving Foundation and the PPL Montana Community Fund, engages students in a philanthropic experience, allowing them to research community needs, review applications and disperse grants. 

For more information call Andrea Vernon, director of UM’s Office for Civic Engagement, at 406-243-5159 or email


Contact: Andrea Vernon, director, UM Office for Civic Engagement, 406-243-5159,