Feb 11 2014

UM FOUNDATION OFFERS NEW WAY TO GIVE DURING GRIZ, LADY GRIZ BASKETBALL GAMES

The University of Montana Foundation has made it easier to score big for student scholarships. People who attend two upcoming basketball games will be asked to "Give a Griz 10" through a text message.

“We want to connect with alumni and friends of every age and encourage them to support student scholarships,” said Beth Hammock, UM Foundation vice president for strategic communications and marketing.

The two basketball games will feature pregame and halftime shows about the impact of scholarships. The scholarship nights are the men’s game against Idaho State on Saturday, Feb. 22, and the women's game against Sacramento State on Thursday, March 6.

Fans will be asked to donate $10 through text. All gifts will benefit Montana Promise, a scholarship fund for UM students with financial need.

The text-to-give effort supports UM’s Investing in Student Success initiative, which launched last summer with the goal of dramatically increasing the number of scholarships for students. The initiative’s goals also include increasing support for the Davidson Honors College, Global Leadership Initiative and facilities for student-athletes.

“The UM Foundation has received more than 7,000 gifts since the beginning of the academic year,” Hammock said. “We have some good momentum and want to keep that going this semester.”

For more information or to give online, visit SupportUM.org/10.