The University of Montana Foundation’s mission is to provide resources that help the University of Montana thrive. We do this by 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 40-member Board of Trustees. The Trustees and staff work with University leaders to set fundraising priorities which support the University’s strategic plan.
Gifts from Foundation donors go to many areas of University life. In 2011-12, the Foundation distributed $9.4 million to UM. This includes $3.2 million for scholarships and awards, $5.4 million for academics and institutional support, and nearly $1 million for facilities and equipment.
Our vision is to become a leader and role model among like-sized university foundations, and continue as a partner in success with the University of Montana.
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