2015 Impact Report

Private support for the University of Montana has reached record highs in the past two years.

In fiscal year 2015, private support totaled
$52.6 million – just shy of last year’s total of $53.7 million.

Let’s look at some of this year’s highlights…

14,014 people gave $52.6M to the
University of Montana.

graph showing giving through the um foundation is $46.1 and giving through private grants to um is $6.6m equaling $52,653,740

Of those donors giving through the
UM Foundation…

graph showing 8,887 Montana Donors gave $32.9 million; 5,385 out of state donors gave $13.1 million

Donors supported the Investing in Student Success initiative, providing funding for:

At the close of the initiative’s second year, donors Investing in Student Success raised 92% of the total goal, with one year to go.

graph showing relative breakdown by demographic

The President’s Club, UM’s annual giving society,
is a group of loyal donors
who give $1,000 or more.

In 2015, the President’s Club grew by 12%,
reaching 1,735 households.

Let's talk about the students.

2,108 students received 2,666 scholarships through the UM Foundation.

That's 15.1% of the student body, which is made up of 11,692 undergraduate students and
2,260 graduate students.

In 2015, contributions to the
UM Foundation’s endowment*
totaled $12.9 million.

That brought the total endowment
to $172.8 million at the close of the fiscal year.

Endowment [defined]: Gifts that are invested in perpetuity in order to produce income, which is then used to support a designated fund.

The endowment includes funds specified for:

Being perpetual in nature, these funds have an incredible impact, ensuring a bright future at UM.

2015 was characterized by
transformative giving across campus.

"Our family believes deeply in the value of public education, its importance to Montana and the importance of giving back…"

– Zander Blewett on the Blewetts' groundbreaking $10 million gift to the School of Law

"Sam and Julie Baldridge have made a great investment in the Irish Studies Program. They have recognized and honored a renowned UM historian – David Emmons – and have ensured that UM will continue to be a leading center for research and education."

– President Royce Engstrom on Sam and Julie Baldridge’s passionate support of the Irish Studies Program

Missoula businesses gave over $140,000 to UM through the Missoula Business Drive, reinforcing the partnership that runs deep between campus and the local community.

In the inaugural year of the UM Student Foundation, students established the first-ever scholarship for a peer, donating alongside fellow Griz to support one of their own.

"It’s exhilarating to be able to sit down with people like Kyle and Kevin Washington, share the vision we have for the Champions Center, and then have them invest in that vision."

- Kent Haslam, UM Athletic Director, on the brothers’ monumental $7 million gift on behalf of the
Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

"For years Suzanne has been a leader for the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, as well as the University of Montana, and this momentous gift memorializes the commitment she and Dave share to improve education across our state, region and nation."

- Dean Roberta Evans on Suzanne and Dave Peterson’s generous $1.5 million investment in gifted education

Dennis and Gretchen Eck provided funding for renovations in the College of Humanities and Sciences to make the Liberal Arts building one of the most technologically advanced facilities on campus.

Your support has created substantial opportunities for students and faculty at UM. Thank you for your unwavering service, generosity and commitment.

Together, we will continue to build up this remarkable University and our promising students. I look forward with excitement to the year ahead.

Shane Giese
UM Foundation President and CEO



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