An Opportunity to Express Gratitude

It is a day marked by giant red bows, a party on the Oval and hundreds of thank you cards. But more importantly, PHILanthropy Day is the time when students, faculty and campus visitors have the opportunity to thank University of Montana donors for their support.

The University of Montana Foundation receives approximately 14,000 gifts each year. These gifts support everything from scholarships and academic programs to campus facilities.

Known as PHIL Day, the celebration is a focus on the UM community’s generosity, and how vital philanthropic investment is to the University.

This spring, the day included music, ice cream and a chance to write a personal thank you note to University supporters. Campus buildings supported by private gifts were adorned with giant red bows for the day, and signs around the Oval listed facts related to UM philanthropic investments.

The tradition of giving back begins with the graduating class. This year, the Senior Class Gift Campaign raised over $3,500, matched at 100 percent by the University Dining Services Farm to College Program. The gift will provide support for solar panels on campus that will assist with energy needs at the garden and greenhouse, located near and on top of the Lommasson Center.

“As students, we owe our experience at UM to the generosity of those who came before us,” says Senior Class Gift Campaign Chair Shandell VanDonsel.

“PHIL Day is an opportunity to express our thanks and to remember all of UM’s alumni and friends who have given so much to this place.”

The UM Foundation provides resources that help UM thrive. The Foundation distributed $9.4 million to the University during the 2011-2012 academic year.

This includes $3.2 million for scholarships and awards, $5.4 million for academics and institutional support and $790,000 for facilities and equipment.

Celebrate Philanthropy Fun Facts:

  • Private gifts provided full or partial funding for 15 campus buildings.
  • 170 Missoula businesses gave more than $124,000 to UM last year.
  • Private gifts fund $3 million in scholarships and awards each year.
  • 302 faculty and staff members gave over $110,000 to UM last year.
  • There are 23 endowed faculty positions at UM.
  • There are 712 individuals who have made financial provisions for UM in their estate plans.