Apr 10 2012


On April 12, students, faculty and visitors will have a chance to thank the more than 14,508 University of Montana donors. PHILanthropy Day, also known as PHIL Day, will celebrate the generosity of UM donors and recognize the role private gifts play at the University.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Oval, the UM Foundation will have a station where students, faculty and staff can sign a “Thank You” banner to UM donors. Students that sign it will get a free Bernice’s Bakery cupcake or Big Dipper Ice Cream. From noon to 1 p.m., the local funk/soul band MalFUNKtion Junction will play. Buildings on campus funded by private support will be “tagged” with red ribbons, and signage around the Oval will list facts related to philanthropy at UM.

“On campus, we have the advantage of seeing the need for private support firsthand – most notably in the students we interact with daily,” said Jerry Evans, a management and information systems professor and chair of the 2012 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. “As faculty and staff, we also have the opportunity to do something about these needs. Modest gifts can collectively add up to something transformational.”

The UM Foundation distributed $12 million to the University during the 2010-11 academic year, including $3.3 million for scholarships and awards, $5 million for academics and institutional support, and $3.7 million for facilities and equipment.

“Students benefit every day from the generosity of people from around the country,” said Becca Millsap, Senior Challenge 2012 chair. “PHIL Day is an opportunity to remind campus of the impact of these gifts and to say a special thank you to UM donors for their continued support.”

The UM Foundation’s mission is to ensure the University’s excellence, access and affordability through a public/private funding partnership. For more information about PHIL Day or how to make a gift, call Lauren Clark at 406-243-2456 or email