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Your support through Campaign Montana has helped us prepare students to become tomorrow’s leaders in natural resource science and conservation. Thank you for investing in these students, whose work will help us achieve sustainable communities and impact all members of society.
interim Dean Chad bishop


Elevating Excellence within the College

During Campaign Montana, UM received its single largest gift, $24 million from Bill and Carolyn Franke and their family. Their generosity continues to support the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, research and innovation. Support from friends and alumni like the Frankes during Campaign Montana provides students with more scholarships, funds wildlife biology graduate fellowships and significantly expands opportunities to study sustainability issues abroad. Philanthropic giving to support freshwater conservation, forestry, watershed hydrology, internships and innovation will have a lasting effect on our students, faculty and conservation community.

Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management Program

Philanthropic support during Campaign Montana ensures the Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management Program at UM maintains its current standard of excellence and builds upon its legacy. Joel and Patti Meier’s generosity, for example, established a professorship and will establish an endowed chair to increase the program’s capacity for research and provide a holistic undergraduate experience. This program impacts not only the state’s ever increasingly important tourism economy, but also communities across the world that are striving to protect their wild areas with parks and recreation uses.

Through field-based learning opportunities such as immersive internships, study abroad and experiential education, students develop skills and gain knowledge that helps connect people to place, manage park visitation, provide environmental interpretation and integrate conservation sciences into recreation and tourism planning.

STudent Support

Donor gifts of all sizes contributed to scholarship support for Franke College of Forestry and Conservation students during Campaign Montana. Private giving now allows us to provide nearly $300,000 in student scholarships each year. These awards help us recruit a more diverse student body and allow students to complete internships and research in addition to affording the cost of attending UM.


We’ve achieved so much during Campaign Montana.
We will continue the momentum with these fundraising priorities.

Impact Fund
Impact Funds across campus helps ensure UM’s excellence by providing unrestricted support where and when it is needed most. With your gift, we can provide essential opportunities and resources students and faculty need to thrive, including crucial faculty positions, innovative field-based learning experiences and immediate support of students and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Native American Natural Resource Fund 
Support for this important program helps provide Native American students with the services and resources they need for a successful academic experience in the College and at UM. Your gifts enable our full-time, dedicated coordinator to provide academic and career advising, internship and job placement assistance, and support to help students feel at home at UM. Donor support provides the critical funds that allow our coordinator to meet the emergent needs of our Native American students as well as uniquely tailored internships that enable life-changing work experiences.
Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station 
Support for unique, collaborative research opportunities allows every Franke College of Forestry and Conservation student to learn and work in Lubrecht Experimental Forest and Bandy Ranch, the University-owned 3,600-acre cattle ranch. Your gift ensures these properties maintain their facilities for the next generation of students, researchers, cross-country skiers and grass-fed cows.

Make no small plans. Donate

Our environment and society are changing — dramatically. The world needs conservation leaders with the passion, creativity and critical-thinking skills to help build a sustainable future. We thank the UM giving community for their support during Campaign Montana, ensuring our students and faculty have access to the tools and resources needed to develop outstanding new conservation scientists, policymakers and advocates.