MISSOULA – More than 300 University of Montana employees recently participated in the 2016-17 Charitable Giving Campaign by donating $96,334 to local charitable organizations.
The annual campaign offers UM employees the opportunity to make donations to various local organizations through one-time gifts or payroll deductions. The agencies selected to participate in the campaign are closely evaluated to ensure that all donations go directly to local services. This year 12 local nonprofits and two statewide nonprofit federations participated in the campaign.
The total amount raised during the 2016-17 increased for the first time in two years with 330 employees donating an average of $291.
“The increased campaign results served as heartwarming news for both the University and the community,” said 2016-17 Campaign Chair Beth Burman-Frazee. “For me, it’s proof that even during challenging times, UM employees will rally together to make great things happen.”
The fundraising effort that became UM’s Charitable Giving Campaign began during the 1986-87 academic year when faculty and staff pledged $25,000.