Apr 24 2015

UM celebrates philanthropy at annual Phil Day event

On April 30, the University of Montana will celebrate Philanthropy Day, an annual salute to the University’s many generous donors. Last year alone, 13,594 donors contributed $53.7 million to the University, supporting scholarships, programmatic enrichment and facilities enhancement in every academic unit on campus.

The Phil Day   party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 30, on the UM Oval. Guests will enjoy Big Dipper ice cream and live music by Gil and the Spills. UM President Royce Engstrom will award the first-ever Student Foundation scholarship, the only scholarship on campus created and funded by students.

Members of the media will have the opportunity to speak with UM and UM Foundation leaders, including Engstrom; the Student Foundation scholarship recipient; student donors; and the co-chair of the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. Remarks will take place from approximately noon to 12:20 p.m.

Around campus, large gift tags will highlight the buildings, structures and other facilities that were created thanks to private support. Signs on the Oval will share philanthropy statistics for fiscal year 2015, including:

  • The UM Foundation distributed $4.38 million among 2,765 scholarships.
  • 125 students donated $3,300 to support the Student Foundation scholarship fund as of March 31.
  • 3,012 alumni, parents and friends made donations through the UM Phonathon as of April 22. So far this year, the Phonathon has raised $368,178. Calls will continue through May.
  • 172 local businesses and individuals made $145,000 in donations to UM through the annual Business Drive.

Phil Day is hosted by the UM Foundation, which raises and manages funds to support the University’s excellence, access and affordability. Phil Day is supported by the following sponsors: Big Dipper, UPTOP Clothing Co., The Bookstore, Eastgate Rental and Sign Pro.