Welcome from Cindy Williams - President and CEO


In fiscal year 2017, 14,464 donors gave $84.5 million to the University of Montana.

Total support: $53.6M; Giving through the UM foundation: 442.3M, Giving through private grants to UM: $11.3M

Of those donors giving
through the UM Foundation...

Giving through UMF: 42.3M; Montanans: 8,393 donors gave $18.1M, Out of state donors: 5,578 donors gave $24.2M
Donors By Cagetory: Alumni: 52%, Friends: 36%; Corporations: 7%; Parents: 4%; Foundations: 1%

The UM Foundation distributed more than $20.9 million to campus in fiscal year 2017.

 Academics and Institutional Support: $9.64M, Scholarships and Awards: $5.26M; Facilities and Equipment: $5.17

* Distributions to campus vary from year to year, due to the timing of projects and when contributions are received.


2,022 students received 2,711 scholarships.

Students holding signs saying thank you

That's 16.3% of the student body, which is made up of 10,077
undergraduate students and 2,342 graduate students.


In 2017, contributions that will be invested in the
UM Foundation's endowment*
totaled $41.1M.

Fiscal Year End Endowment Balance: $186.3 M

*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:

chairs and professorships
faculty fellowships
scholarships and fellowships

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


Every Donor has a Story

Improving Health Care Across the State

Scholarships for Montanans

Haynes Foundation Establishes $4 Million Endowment

The Haynes Foundation, a charitable foundation founded by Jack Ellis Haynes and Isabel May Haynes in 1958, has established an endowment of just over $4 million with the University of Montana Foundation. The endowment will be used to provide scholarships to undergraduate students who have graduated from a Montana high school.

This remarkable gift demonstrates the 50-plus year commitment of The Haynes Foundation to promoting higher education in the state of Montana and to preparing students for a lifetime of success.

Jack and Isabel Haynes owned and operated The Haynes Picture Shop in Yellowstone National Park, a continuation of the store that Jack Haynes’ father, Frank J. Haynes, opened in 1884. The Haynes family photographs, postcards, guidebooks and souvenirs opened the wonder of Yellowstone National Park to generations worldwide.

Jack and Isabel’s strong work ethic, entrepreneurship and commitment to running the successful family business enabled them to establish the foundation almost sixty years ago.

The endowment will benefit students for many generations to come and will ensure that the goals of The Haynes Foundation continue to be fulfilled in perpetuity.

Ryan Graham-Laughlin: Haynes Scholarship Recipient

RyanUM senior Ryan Graham-Laughlin’s journey to a BA in media arts began when he made the long move from Renton, Washington to Kalispell, Montana as an 11 year old. The move, spurred by his mother’s purchase of a restaurant in the town, was tough for Graham-Laughlin, as it would be for any sixth grader.

“I went from a fairly populated place to a town that, in 1999, wasn’t very huge,” he says. “I didn’t have a whole lot of friends, so I was kind of stuck with myself for a lot of years.”

Graham-Laughlin began working for his father’s drywall business part-time. Once he graduated high school, he worked full-time with his father while also helping his mother with her restaurant. Then, at 20, he enrolled for six months in Entertainment Career Connection, a national apprenticeship program. The program developed his interest in radio, linking him with a radio station DJ in Kalispell who mentored him.

“I went there probably three or four times a week,” says Graham-Laughlin. “He was more about ‘doing it’ than ‘reading about it.’ So, he kind of put me on the spot a lot, but it was fun and a really good time.”

Three years later, Graham-Laughlin began dating the woman who would become his wife. He followed her to Great Falls, Montana where she began nursing school. The experience pushed Graham-Laughlin to pursue his own education. He enrolled in Great Falls College, receiving an AA in the arts program. Wanting to take his training further, he enrolled in the Media Arts program at UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

“A lot of my friends ended up at UM, and I wanted to be a part of that and see what it was like to be a Griz,” says Graham-Laughlin. “I heard good things about the Media Arts program here, and I liked the fact that UM’s program doesn’t lock you in to one area.”

The program allowed Graham-Laughlin to experiment with media arts, while also teaching him the importance of collaboration.

“The fact that I’ve had to work with so many different students and teachers has really broadened my perspective on working with people and understanding people,” he says.

These opportunities were made possible in part by a Haynes Scholarship. Before he was awarded the scholarship, Graham-Laughlin was working in addition to going to school in order to pay the bills. Now, he can breathe a little easier.

“It made it possible for me to not work as much, and focus more on school. A scholarship doesn’t just help with your education; it helps you get your life, while you’re getting your education. And that is huge.”

Franke Family Invests in UM

The Payne Family Supports Missoula College

Work Force Development,
with Local Donors Leading the Way

UM’s Missoula College opened its doors this summer, thanks in part to generous donors who stepped up to contribute to the project. Among them is Terry Payne, longtime UM donor and community business leader.

Payne believes that supporting professional and vocational training leads to benefits for Missoula and for students.

“We were eager to support Missoula College,” Payne says. “It helps round out and expand the educational and training resources of the University of Montana in a way that meets the needs of today’s students.”

The college provides an avenue for a meaningful career for those who may not have the resources or the inclination to pursue a four-year degree.

Jamie Peck, a welder from Bozeman, is one of those students. She sees a future for herself as a tradesperson, and appreciates the chance to study what she loves. She also knows that support from donors helps students like her achieve their goals.

“With more money flow and support going towards technical degree programs, I think people will be more inclined to learn a trade.”

And students are incredibly excited about the new building, which is a major upgrade from the old facility on South Avenue.

“This is a state-of-the-art education facility,” says James Wilmus, who is completing a one-year CAD certification. “To have buildings like this going up for the purpose of education in this state is huge.”

Payne says he hopes his gift, which supported the library within the Missoula College facility, will inspire other generous people to give, too.

“Our gift to assist with the new Missoula College building is intended, in part, to help others be similarly motivated with their giving opportunities.”

Fundraising to support build-out of the spaces within the new facility is ongoing. To find out how you can make an impact at Missoula College, contact Colin Ware, senior director of regional development, at 406.243.5592.

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Honoring One of UM’s Best

Honoring One of UM’s Best

Historian Richard Drake has spent 35 years at the University of Montana as a respected teacher and researcher. His deep commitment and meaningful contributions to the field have already been recognized – among other awards, he received the Governor’s Humanities Medal in 2011. This April, he received one of University’s highest honors: he was named the first Lucile Speer Research Chair in History and Politics.

The Speer Chair was established by a generous donor who aimed to honor the work of former UM documents librarian Lucile Speer.

Speer was passionate about civics and politics, volunteering for the League of Women Voters, the Missoula Democratic Club and Eugene McCarthy’s campaign in 1968. At 73, she was the oldest delegate at the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, which rewrote Montana’s constitution.

The Speer Chair aims to honor that legacy by recognizing a distinguished scholar who explores both history and politics.

Drake is a shining example.

He joined UM’s history department in 1982 after teaching at UCLA, UC Irvine, Wellesley and Princeton. In the years since, he has published five books, with a sixth coming out next year.

His research career started in Italy, where he explored the political thought and activity that led to the rise of fascism in the early 20th century. This led to an examination of Italy’s radical left, and he wrote three books about Marxist revolutionaries who terrorized the country from 1969 to 1984, including the kidnapping and murder of former prime minister Aldo Moro in 1978.

Through his research of that time period, he began to explore how the legacy of Italy’s recent past continues to affect its political ideology today, and to look at the problem of terrorism more broadly. Now he teaches a course on terrorism in the modern world in addition to his courses on European intellectual history and modern Italy.

“One thing leads to another in the scholarly world,” Drake says.

His forthcoming book, The Return of Charles Beard, is a venture into American history, which Drake says has always interested him. This project, too, sprang from a previous work.

“My last book – an intellectual biography of Robert LaFollette, the leader of the antiwar movement in World War I – led me to my current book on Beard,” he says. “They were political allies. One project usually turns up problems that turn into my next project.”

Drake is “thrilled” that the chair position will afford him more time to work on research and writing.

“I’m deeply honored to hold this position. I’m really still adjusting to what it will mean in my scholarly life.”


On behalf of all of us at the University of Montana,
thank you! Together we are making an impact.