Apr 27 2016

UM Celebrates Private Support at Annual Philanthropy Day Event

MISSOULA – Philanthropy is a big deal here at the University of Montana. It helps fund scholarships, research and facilities. It makes study abroad trips, new technology and many faculty positions possible. It keeps us all Montana strong!

On Philanthropy Day – Thursday, April 28 – the campus community will gather to celebrate the 14,014 people who gave to UM during the last fiscal year. This annual celebration is an important reminder that many of the resources we enjoy every day are made possible by those who generously give back to the University. 

The Philanthropy Day party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the UM Oval. Guests will enjoy music and free Big Dipper ice cream, and UM President Royce Engstrom will award the second-annual Student Foundation scholarship, the only scholarship on campus created and funded by students. Remarks will take place from approximately noon to 12:20 p.m.

Around campus, large gift tags will highlight the buildings and other facilities that were constructed as a result of donor support. These include the newly opened Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Building, the Davidson Honors College Building, the School of Journalism’s Don Anderson Hall, The Payne Family Native American Center, the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center and Washington-Grizzly Stadium, along with seven others.  

Signs on the UM Oval will share some of this year’s giving highlights, including:

  • 3,916 alumni, parents and friends donated over $430,000 through the Phonathon so far this year, and fundraising will continue through May.
  • 87 individuals and local businesses made $83,000 in donations to UM through the annual Business Drive.
  • 192 UM employees have given $111,000 to UM through the annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, which is ongoing through the end of April.
  • 45 UM students gave nearly $1,000 to support the Student Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Philanthropy Day is hosted by the UM Foundation, which raises and manages funds to support the University’s excellence, access and affordability. Thank you to the following sponsors: Big Dipper, UPTOP Clothing Co., Eastgate Rental, Sign Pro and The Bookstore.

Learn more about Phil Day.