The Lives We Change Will Change the World

People watch a grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park

Joe Ricketts’ Jackson Fork Ranch Gift Funds Biodiversity Research

A major gift from Joe Ricketts’ Jackson Fork Ranch will fund a multiyear research and multimedia collaboration at UM that seeks to better understand biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Faculty from the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation will lead a series of studies supported by master’s and doctoral students funded through Ricketts’ gift. Missoula-based Warm Springs Productions will film the research for distribution through multimedia channels.

Raising Montana

Raising Montana Newsletter

Enjoy stories from the latest issue of the Raising Montana newsletter and discover the many ways philanthropy is changing lives at UM. Learn how philanthropy is funding a research and multimedia collaboration at UM to uncover insights about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, see how private giving is advancing efforts to support student well-being across campus and more.

Madeline and Steve Levine

A Lifelong Advocate for Education and Democracy

Steve Levine’s connection to UM and the Mansfield Center began in 1995, when he was invited to co-direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute at the University. His service continued, first as the Mansfield Professor of Asia-Pacific Affairs, then as the center’s associate director. Although opportunity eventually drew the Levines to North Carolina, they have maintained their close connection to the Mansfield Center and recently made a major gift in support of programs, classes and activities that advance their passion for global affairs and democracy.