About Us

The University of Montana Foundation’s mission is to increase philanthropic support to ensure the University of Montana’s excellence, access and affordability, focusing fundraising activity on the priorities set by the University and building and maintaining relationships with alumni and friends who donate to UM. We also manage an endowment. Earnings from the endowment provide ongoing support for the University. 

The Foundation is an independent non-profit organization with a Board of Trustees. The Trustees and staff work with University leaders to set fundraising priorities which support the University’s strategic plan.

In fiscal year 2015, private support for the University of Montana totaled $52.6 million. Of that, $46 million came from gifts through the UM Foundation. An additional $6.6 million came through private grants to UM. Learn more about the Foundation's support of UM by viewing the 2015 Impact Report.

Our vision is to be a leader among like-sized university development operations and foundations from across the country in our production practices, our integrity of operations and our customer service, while creating a brand as a “best place to work.”

Our core values guide us in all that we do:

We are Intentional
  • We are committed to our mission and vision
  • We set goals and strive to meet them
  • We perform duties in a thoughtful, timely and accurate way

We are Constituent-Centered

  • We embrace the donor experience as our primary focus
  • We respect and appreciate our donors, university community, volunteers and colleagues
  • We are service-oriented
  • We are community-minded

We act with Integrity

  • We are trustworthy and accountable
  • We honor our commitments
  • We operate in a transparent way

We Collaborate and Communicate

  • We consult and coordinate with those affected by our actions
  • We work as a team to overcome challenges
  • We communicate regularly, respectfully and openly

We are Driven to Improve

  • We take ownership for our work and the ultimate success of the Foundation
  • We seek out best practices and creative approaches
  • We learn from our mistakes
  • We strive to grow personally and professionally

We Celebrate Success