UM Philanthropy Class Awards $10,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

December 12, 2016

MISSOULA – A University of Montana class titled Can Giving Change the World? granted $10,000 to local nonprofits and will hold a ceremony for them at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Davidson Honors College Ephron Student Lounge. 

The class, which is part of UM’s Franke Global Leadership Initiative (GLI), awards grants to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and address issues related to youth and mental health. Twenty-three Missoula nonprofit organizations submitted grant proposals to the class earlier this semester. 

This semester’s grantees are:

  • Red Willow Learning Center: $2,980 to fund Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program
  • Youth Homes: $3,484 to support the Shirley Miller Attention Home
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): $3,536 to fund Voices for Children

Can Giving Change the World? addresses social responsibility and community building through work in the nonprofit sector. Students spent the semester learning about philanthropy’s general influence in social improvement while also researching nonprofit work, specific community needs in Missoula County and doing a service learning project.

UM’s civic engagement office and communication studies department secured the grant money for the class from the Learning by Giving Foundation. 

 “This project provided a new perspective on service, as we had the opportunity to interact with new organizations and learn about philanthropy in the Missoula community,” Ciara Agrella, a student in the class, said. “Nonprofits in Missoula are addressing key issues vital for the future of Montana.”

GLI is a four-year program open to UM students of all majors. Through the program students attend thought-provoking seminars, become involved in internships and community work, can study abroad affordably and learn skills necessary to be leaders in a global community. 

For more information call Associate Director of Civic Engagement Colleen Kane at 406-243-5128 or email


Contact: Colleen Kane, associate director of civic engagement at UM, 406-243-5128,