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Missoula Youth Philanthropy Club

United Way of Missoula County is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for this group of young leaders. 

The Missoula Youth Philanthropy Club was started by a dynamic group of Loyola Sacred Heart High School students in 2006, under the guidance of Larry Mansch’s economic class. Mr. Mansch asked Karrie Montgomery to give a guest lecture on giving and the economy; two weeks later, Karrie received a call from class representatives who were excited about making a difference in their community. Together, they started the Missoula Youth Philanthropy Club.

The club is comprised of students who apply for grant monies, solicit grant applications from local non-profits, and then accept or reject those applications, give grants, and get involved with local organizations. The students have found it a rewarding and challenging experience, and they have taken real satisfaction in what Montgomery calls “the art of giving.”

The students also participate in community service projects. In the past, these projects have included volunteering at the Poverello Center and delivering holiday food with the Goodfellows organization. The group has expanded to include other Missoula high school students, and hopes to start an endowment fund that can be left as a legacy for future


The Missoula Youth Philanthropy Club is open to any high school student in Missoula. We are limited to twelve members and have positions available at the end of each school year as our seniors graduate.

We operate on the school calendar with meetings on the first and third Sundays each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. In addition to our bimonthly meetings, we have an additional presentation or service project at various organizations in the community approximately every six weeks. For information about joining our club, email us at youth@missoulaunitedway.org.

The application process for 2012 is currently closed. 
Please check back early spring next year.
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2006 - Current Youth Philanthropy Grants click here.

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Last Meeting of the 08-09 School Year
Missoula Community Foundation – Benefit Concert – 2008
Western Montana Fundraisers Association Award – 2008
Missoula Youth Philanthropy Club – Working at the Poverello – 2007
Missoula Youth Philanthropy Club – Poverello Grant – 2006

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