Local Nonprofits to Receive $10,000 from UM Students

October 19, 2016

UM philanthropy students award grants to local nonprofits during last fall’s Learning by Giving Award Ceremony. MISSOULA – A University of Montana philanthropy class will grant a total of $10,000 to local nonprofits, with a minimum award of $2,000 and a maximum award of $7,000. Eligible nonprofits are welcome to apply by noon Friday, Nov. 4.

The annual fall class, Engaging Social Responsibility through Philanthropy, teaches community building and entrepreneurial giving strategies to address social issues and meet local needs. It engages students in a philanthropic experience by allowing them to review applications and disburse grants. The class receives its $10,000 grant from the Learning by Giving Foundation, which promotes undergraduate study of philanthropy at colleges and universities nationwide.

“This class opened up my eyes and taught me just how intricate and in-depth the world of giving is,” one student participant said. “This experience has provided me with such a unique opportunity to learn and has opened up my eyes permanently to this aspect of the world.”

The awards will enhance the Missoula community through benefiting local nonprofits. The class focuses on giving its monetary donations to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County. This year the class decided to use the funds to address needs relating to mental health, suicide prevention and youth programming. Recipients for fall 2015 included Native Generational Change, Garden City Harvest and Youth Homes.

Application forms and a list of criteria are available online at http://www.umt.edu/civic-engagement/nonprofit-studies/learning-by-giving.php .

For more information call UM’s Office for Civic Engagement Associate Director Colleen Kane at 406-243-5128 or email colleen.kane@mso.umt.edu.

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Contact: Colleen Kane, associate director, UM Office for Civic Engagement, 406-243-5128, colleen.kane@mso.umt.edu.