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Make no little plans. They have no magic. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work… Remember that our children and grandchildren are going to do things that would stagger us.
ATTRIBUTED TO DANIEL BURNHAM, 1907

BIG IMPACT. BOLD GRATITUDE.

Over seven years — from July 2013 through August 2020 — UM donors united to make Campaign Montana the most ambitious and successful higher education campaign in state history.
Join us here later this fall as we celebrate the generosity and impact of UM’s remarkable giving community.

From the PresidenT

Because of you, our remarkable giving community, the University of Montana has benefitted from $450.9 million in philanthropic giving over seven years. Because of you, Campaign Montana marks the largest and most impactful fundraising effort in Montana history.

Every single person who contributed to Campaign Montana — more than 34,000 donors — contributed to these accomplishments. Together, we outpaced every goal we set for ourselves during the Campaign, including the $320 million target set during the quiet phase that began in July 2013, the $400 million mark announced when the Campaign launched publicly in October 2018, and the aspirational goal of $440 million as we worked through the final year of the Campaign.

Our giving community helped us achieve even more than we thought possible. In doing so, you created a groundswell of support so powerful that it’s impacting our entire University for the better. This accomplishment belongs to you, and I thank you.

This is, of course, a time of great challenge for our global society, a time of strife and unrest in many places in our country. And we at UM are of course not immune to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even amidst these circumstances, this is also a time of great hope and optimism here at the University of Montana. And importantly, it is a time of tremendous gratitude.

The impact of your giving has transformed the University. It has touched every corner of our campus — every student, faculty and staff member, school, college and program.

With student success as our focus, we’ve celebrated so many transformative gifts during Campaign Montana. Collectively, thousands of donors have contributed more than $126 million toward direct student support, ensuring access to higher education for tens of thousands of students regardless of their need for financial assistance.

Others have helped enhance critical and nationally renowned academic programs like the Wildlife Biology Program, the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, the Davidson Honors College, and the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, as well as groundbreaking interdisciplinary and experiential programs like the Franke Global Leadership Initiative.

You’ve helped launch a renewal of learning spaces that support our students’ success in areas like Dennis and Gretchen Eck Hall, the Eric and Blair Sprunk Student-Athlete Academic Center, the Washington-Grizzly Champions Center, and the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education.

Your gifts have helped UM attract and retain faculty and staff through endowments like the Sprunk and Burnham College of Business Dean’s Chair, the Lucile Speer Research Chair in Politics and History, the Suzanne and Bruce Crocker Director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, and the T. Anthony Pollner Professorship.

Your gifts have also supported the University’s work to improve the quality of life of Montanans and others in our region and around the world. These efforts are evidenced in the Flathead Lake Biological Station’s water quality research and monitoring program, exciting new workforce development programs through Missoula College, efforts to enhance the quality of healthcare available to Montanans through UM Health & Medicine, and important programs to advance equity for all through the S.E.A. Change Initiative for Students.

Because of you, our students and graduates are poised for lifelong leadership in their communities and fields of practice. You have planted the seeds for their success, and these will bear tremendous fruits for decades to come.

I invite you to read this news release for more details on Campaign Montana, including information about the transformative effect Campaign giving will have on thousands of students and the entire UM community for years to come. Throughout the fall, we will continue to celebrate the impact of the Campaign here on CampaignMontana.org.

When you consider the passion and loyalty of the UM giving community, Campaign Montana is proof positive that we can realize big ambitions and bold visions together.

Thank you for laying a strong foundation for our university through Campaign Montana. In this next chapter of our great institution, we’ll need your advocacy and support more than ever before. You are critically important as we forge ahead together to realize the full potential of our UM mission.

Again, I thank you.

President Seth Bodnar