MISSOULA – Asia Caluori’s four years at the University of Montana were busy ones. A management information systems major, she served as a peer adviser, Mansfield Center intern and member of the MIS Association.
She was one of
As a senior, Caluori was encouraged by her business college mentors to compete for the Deborah McWhinney Emerging Leaders Fellowship Award. She received one of two competitive awards offered that year. The award ensured Caluori could relocate to San Francisco for a summer internship at KPMG, a financial services firm.
Receiving the fellowship made Caluori “want to conquer the world.” She is starting right here in Missoula.
When she returned from San Francisco last August, she landed a position at Advanced Technology Group, a Missoula firm recently acquired by Cognizant, a leading global provider of digital transformation services.
Across UM, philanthropy fuels student opportunity, research
Today, UM announces the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the University’s history: Campaign Montana – Think Big. Be Bold.
This comprehensive, seven-year fundraising campaign aims to inspire $400 million in philanthropic giving by the end of 2020. Donors will help achieve UM President Seth Bodnar’s vision of a UM that puts student success at the forefront, driving excellence and innovation in teaching, research
Donors already have gifted and pledged $325 million for Campaign Montana. Gifts received since July 1, 2013, have been counted toward the campaign goal.
“Our ambitious goal reflects the passion our alumni and friends have for UM, our students
“Now is the time for big thoughts and bold actions from our collective community,” said Bodnar. “UM is at an important juncture as we build upon our tremendous strengths and pursue new and promising directions.”
“History has shown that UM is a place where donors can make an incredible difference,” Cheryl Burnham said.
“The impact we’ve seen in the last five years alone is remarkable,” adds Mark Burnham. “The opportunity to support students and elevate the lives of Montanans is what has inspired us to personally invest in UM.”
Since 2013, donors have created 15 new endowed faculty positions, helped renovate or construct five facilities, and given $100 million for scholarships and other student support. During its five-year quiet phase, the campaign has inspired donations to all colleges and schools – as well as Grizzly Athletics, the Flathead Lake Biological Station and other programs – elevating giving to record levels. Last fiscal year alone, private support totaled $64 million, and the University of Montana Foundation distributed $41.7 million to campus for programs, scholarships and facilities.
UM’s last fundraising campaign, Invest in Discovery, raised $131 million. That and previous campaigns helped fuel scholarships, grow distinctive programs like Wildlife Biology, build the library’s collection and construct facilities, including the Davidson Honors College Building, the Gallagher Business Building, The Payne Family Native American Center, the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center
The campaign is managed by the University of Montana Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization that inspires philanthropic support to enhance excellence and opportunity at UM.
Visit https://www.campaignmontana.org/ to learn more.