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A career at The University of Montana Foundation is more than a job - it is an opportunity to be a part of something that impacts students, the community and, through research, the world. At the UM Foundation we offer you not only the chance to build a successful career - we offer you an opportunity to make an impact.

Are you committed to issues of democracy, leadership, and global engagement?

The University of Montana Foundation has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Development at the Mansfield Center - an academic unit of the University of Montana that fosters globally minded leaders of integrity, with a dual focus on ethics in public affairs and international engagement.

The Director of Development will drive fundraising strategies, build statewide, nationwide and global donor relationships, and engage and solicit donors in support of the Mansfield Center.

The Director will work independently and report to the Assistant Vice President of Development, working in close collaboration with the Mansfield Center’s executive director, advisory board, faculty and staff, and with colleagues at the University of Montana Foundation.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Retirement 403(b) contribution of 11%
  • Generous time off: four weeks of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, and 12 days of holiday leave
  • Paid parental leave of four weeks for new parents
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and wellness program
  • Opportunity for a partially remote work arrangement each week
  • Professional development opportunities, including a year-long fundraising training with Plus Delta Partners

Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the director, staff, and advisory board of the Mansfield Center, develop an understanding of and ability to articulate the mission, values, and fundraising priorities of the Mansfield Center
  • Build relationships with prospective and current major donors (giving $25,000+), with frequent travel around Montana and occasional out-of-state travel
  • Develop, implement, and document identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for donors
  • Write and present gift proposals that reflect the Mansfield Center’s values and fundraising priorities
  • Inspire and coordinate the participation of the director, staff, advisory board, and volunteers in fundraising activities
  • Work in collaboration with Foundation teams including Development, Prospect Research and Management, Marketing and Communications, and Gift and Fund Administration

Requirements
The UM Foundation and Mansfield Center seek a candidate who excels in relationship building, possesses a high level of self-motivation, and is team oriented.

The position requires a commitment to the values of the Mansfield Center, including democracy, ethics in public affairs, and global engagement, along with an understanding of current events and the ability to actively engage in such conservations from a non-partisan perspective.

The position also requires a bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience in organizational relationship-building, with a preference for dedicated fundraising experience and a working knowledge of the principles of major gift fundraising.

About the Mansfield Center
The Mansfield Center was founded by an Act of Congress in 1983 to foster globally minded leaders of integrity in the spirit of Mike and Maureen Mansfield. Mike Mansfield served as our nation’s longest-serving U.S. Senate Majority Leader and as our longest-serving U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

The Mansfield Center supports our nation in bridging divides and building leadership skills while addressing the world’s greatest challenges. Critical to its work is a global perspective and the importance of building cross-cultural communication and understanding.

Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals, and vision for the world are supported by the Center’s dialogues, seminars, trainings, exchanges, and commentary, all of which are designed to create networks among U.S. and international leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policy, and increase awareness about the nations and peoples of the world, with an emphasis on Asia. The pillars of our work include: bridging divides between diverse groups; ethics and integrity; developing leadership; and international engagement.

About the UM Foundation
The UM Foundation connects donors’ passions with needs and opportunities at the University of Montana. Serving the University as an independent nonprofit, the UM Foundation manages the University’s private fundraising efforts, donations, and investment of endowed gifts.

The UM Foundation is celebrating the recent completion of the most successful higher education fundraising campaign in state history, inspiring donors to give over $450 million to elevate every student, school, and college at the University of Montana. The UM Foundation is now intentionally growing its development team to prepare for the next campaign.

The UM Foundation is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University it serves. UM Foundation employees enjoy a collaborative culture and inspiring mission to support the University and its students.

Our Community
Missoula is a thriving community of 77,000 residents who make their home where five valleys converge. Set in an outdoor playground of majestic mountains, scenic valleys and winding rivers, Missoula residents enjoy four distinct seasons, an energetic college-town vibe and unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Missoula’s vibrant downtown lies north of the Clark Fork River, which runs through the heart of the city. Residents and visitors flock there for its locally owned restaurants and bars, eclectic retail stores and during the summer, its bustling Saturday farmer’s market scene.

Missoula offers outstanding cultural and entertainment opportunities that contribute to the “Missoula Lifestyle.” Big-name and local artists play Missoula’s varied concert venues and festivals. Local residents enjoy excellent art galleries, public lectures, theatrical productions, sporting events and world-class fly-fishing.

Outdoor Recreation:

  • Rattlesnake Wilderness Area: 5 miles
  • Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area: 7 miles
  • Flathead Lake: 70 miles
  • Glacier National Park: 139 miles
  • Yellowstone National Park: 269 miles
  • There are 3.1 million acres of wilderness within a 100-mile radius of campus

Questions about the Position?
Contact Erin Keenan, Assistant Vice President of Development, with questions about the opportunity or the position’s salary range, at erin.keenan@supportum.org.

The UM Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the University of Montana by managing private fundraising efforts, donations and investment of endowed gifts.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University we serve, fostering an environment allowing us to inspire each other to our best work. We act with integrity and respect, and work to create a team where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported.

Why Work for Us?

  • UM Foundation contributes an amount equal to 11% of an employee’s annual compensation into their 403(b) retirement account; no employee contribution is required to receive this benefit
  • Generous Time Off – Team Members accrue 4 weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 12 days of holiday leave
  • Competitive Pay – candidates can request the starting pay range by emailing debbie.mitchell@supportum.org
  • Paid parental leave of 4 weeks per year for new parents
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more!
  • Opportunities for a partially remote work arrangement each week
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Basic Function and Responsibility:

The Business Intelligence Manager is responsible for the maintenance and enhancement of the Foundations’ business intelligence architecture, leads the optimization of a recently implemented Microsoft Dynamics CRM system, and partners with business units to improve business processes and deliver actionable insights to departments across the organization.

The Business Intelligence Manager reports to the Vice President of Information Systems and supervises the programming team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drives the day-to-day execution and delivery of business intelligence solutions that enable and accelerate data-drive decision making
  • Manages projects to support and enhance the functionality of CRM Advance
  • Oversees, coaches, and mentors the programming team; manages workloads, sets priorities, and evaluates their performance regularly
  • Leads sprint planning, retrospectives, and refinement of the backlog
  • Elicits requirements from end users to solve business problems and identify the desired outcome
  • Works collaboratively with team members to design solutions that meet business objectives and fulfill user requirements
  • Leads data analysis projects and oversees the development and enhancement of actionable dashboards, interactive reports, analyses, and KPIs
  • Develops and maintains quality assurance test plans, use cases, and testing reports
  • Identifies inefficient business processes and leads efforts to improve them
  • Collaborates with the data security team to ensure policies and procedures are properly applied, maintained, and followed by staff and external partners
  • Integrates change management strategies into the plan and approach for IT projects
  • Consults with cross-functional stakeholders to design and implement technical solutions that facilitate business processes and anticipate future needs

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

If you do not meet all the qualifications of the positions, you are still encouraged to apply.

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent
  • Experience with business intelligence tools (e.g., SQL Server Reporting Services, Power BI, Tableau)
  • Working knowledge of T-SQL programming
  • Ability to simultaneously manage large projects and manage rapid delivery of requests
  • Supervisory experience
  • Self-starter and quick learner who is easily able to learn new products, systems, applications, and technologies
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at one time in complex environment
  • Solid understanding of business and accounting principles
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

· Bachelor’s degree or higher in Information Systems or related field

· Three years of progressive experience in database reporting and developing business intelligence solutions

· Experience managing IT projects through the complete software development lifecycle

Development Team Opportunities

The University of Montana Foundation is growing and expanding our development/fundraising team. If you are a fundraiser and would like to apply your experience to helping advance the University of Montana Foundation’s mission to inspire philanthropic support to enhance excellence and opportunity at UM, we want to hear from you. We are proud of our highly collaborative and professional team of fundraisers and are looking for great teammates who share our values. Please contact VP of Development Kate Jennings for information on current or upcoming development staff searches at Kate.Jennings@Supportum.org.

Why Work for Us?

The UM Foundation connects donors’ passions with needs and opportunities at the University of Montana – our work changes lives and makes the world a better place.

This is an exciting time to work at the UM Foundation as we continue to celebrate the transformational impact of the most successful higher education campaign in state history, inspiring more than 34,000 donors to give $450.9 million that has elevated every student, school and college at the University of Montana. New colleagues will play a key role in preparing for the university’s next comprehensive campaign.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University we serve, fostering an environment allowing us to inspire each other to our best work. We are also passionate about delivering an exceptional donor experience, acting with integrity and respect, and innovating thoughtfully and with purpose.

· UM Foundation contributes an amount equal to 11% of an employee’s annual compensation into their 403(b) retirement account; no employee contribution is required to receive this benefit

· Generous Time Off – Team Members accrue 4 weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 12 days of holiday leave

· Paid parental leave of 4 weeks per year for new parents

· Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits

· Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more!

· Over 80% of our workforce feels highly engaged in their work

· Professional Development Opportunities

· Most positions are eligible for a part-time remote work arrangement

The University of Montana Foundation

Since 1950, the UM Foundation has delivered on its mission to inspire philanthropic support to enhance excellence and opportunity at UM.

The UM Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves UM by managing private fundraising efforts, donations and investment of endowed gifts. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the UM Foundation operates under an agreement with UM that is reviewed and approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents.

The Foundation’s dedicated trustees, trustee emeriti, staff professionals, volunteers and student employees bring broad expertise and deep commitment to the mission-critical work of the Foundation.

These Foundation stakeholders believe in the power of generous people to make a difference in the world. They believe philanthropy definitively shapes UM as a world-class institution that improves the life of every student.

Our core values guide us in all that we do:

  • We are passionate about delivering an      exceptional donor experience
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We act with integrity and respect
  • We innovate thoughtfully and with purpose

The Foundation manages a long-term investment portfolio, valued at $265 million, established to provide ongoing annual support for scholarships, faculty, programs, and other University priorities.

The UM Foundation offices are located in a new building on the beautiful University of Montana campus. The Foundation currently employs nearly 60 professional staff working across teams focused on development, finance and operations, information systems, and marketing and communications.

The University of Montana

As Montana’s flagship university, the University of Montana sets a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments, and scientific exploration. The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts, sciences, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

Academic Units

· Alexander Blewett III School of Law

· College of Business

· College of Health and Skaggs School of Pharmacy

· College of Humanities and Sciences

· College of the Arts and Media

· Davidson Honors College

· Missoula College

· Phyllis J. Washington College of Education

· W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Our Community

Missoula is a thriving community of 77,000 residents who make their home where five valleys converge. Set in an outdoor playground of majestic mountains, scenic valleys and winding rivers, Missoula residents enjoy four distinct seasons, an energetic college-town vibe and unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Missoula’s vibrant downtown lies north of the Clark Fork River, which runs through the heart of the city. Residents and visitors flock there for its locally owned restaurants and bars, eclectic retail stores and during the summer, its bustling Saturday farmer’s market scene.

Missoula offers outstanding cultural and entertainment opportunities that contribute to the “Missoula Lifestyle.” Big-name and local artists play Missoula’s varied concert venues and festivals. Local residents enjoy excellent art galleries, public lectures, theatrical productions, sporting events and world-class fly-fishing.

Outdoor Recreation:

· Rattlesnake Wilderness Area: 5 miles

· Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area: 7 miles

· Flathead Lake: 70 miles

· Glacier National Park: 139 miles

· Yellowstone National Park: 269 miles

· There are 3.1 million acres of wilderness within a 100-mile radius of campus

The UM Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the University of Montana by managing private fundraising efforts, donations and investment of endowed gifts.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University we serve, fostering an environment allowing us to inspire each other to our best work. We act with integrity and respect, and work to create a team where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported.

Why Work for Us?

  • UM Foundation contributes an amount equal to 11% of an employee’s annual      compensation into their 403(b) retirement account; no employee contribution is required to receive this benefit
  • Generous Time Off – Team Members accrue 4 weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick      leave per year, with an additional 12 days of holiday leave
  • Competitive Pay – candidates can request the starting pay range by emailing debbie.mitchell@supportum.org
  • Paid parental leave of 4 weeks per year for new parents
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more!
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Basic Function and Responsibility:

The Assistant Controller will report to the Controller and is responsible for accurate and timely financial accounting and reporting duties as an integral contributor to the Foundation’s overall accounting and reporting function.

Job Duties:

  • Problem solve and demonstrate sound judgement for various complex accounting projects
  • Engage as a strategic thought partner within the accounting department
  • Thoughtfully innovate and promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement
  • Lead the completion of the Foundation 990 and 990T
  • Review weekly accounts payable transactions, ensuring compliance with donor intent, Foundation policies and applicable state and federal regulations
  • Review and approve journal entries prepared by accounting staff members
  • Review and approve balance sheet account reconciliations in a timely matter and ensure all reconciling items are resolved
  • Assist with the annual financial statement audit
  • Create customized financial reports and prepare ad hoc reports as needed
  • Provide training and support to campus partners
  • Assist the Controller in preparing materials and coordinating preparation of minutes for Audit Finance Committee meetings
  • Identify and resolve complex accounting problems in a timely manner
  • Gather and analyze information
  • Implement approved procedures and procedural changes through effective communication
  • Develop and document written procedures to improve systems, internal controls, and operational practices
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

If you do not meet all the qualifications of the positions, you are still encouraged to apply.

  • Ability to engage in thoughtful analysis and anticipate future outcomes
  • Ability to complete quality work with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to perform work with a high standard of professional ethics
  • An understanding of the state and federal regulations that relate to the Foundation and non-profits
  • Knowledge of financial and accounting reporting systems
  • Three to five years of progressively responsible experience
  • Fund accounting experience; CPA certificate; Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a closely related field preferred

The University of Montana Foundation has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Director of Principal Gifts.

The Senior Director of Principal Gifts will drive transformational fundraising strategies, build new donor relationships, and engage and solicit donors on behalf of the University of Montana.

The UM Foundation connects donors’ passions with needs and opportunities at the University of Montana. Serving the University as an independent nonprofit, the UM Foundation manages the University’s private fundraising efforts, donations, and investment of endowed gifts.

We are celebrating the recent completion of the most successful higher education fundraising campaign in state history, inspiring donors to give over $450 million to elevate every student, school, and college at the University of Montana. We are now intentionally growing our development team to prepare for the next campaign.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University we serve. We enjoy a collaborative culture and an inspiring mission to support student success.

We also enjoy competitive salaries and benefits including:

  • Competitive salary
  • UM Foundation contributes an amount equal to 11% of an employee’s annual compensation into their 403(b) retirement account; no employee contribution is required to receive this benefit
  • Generous time off – Team members accrue 4 weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 12 days of holiday leave
  • Paid parental leave of 4 weeks per year for new parents
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more
  • Opportunities for a remote work arrangement
  • Professional development opportunities, including a year-long training with Plus Delta Partners for our development team

Basic Functions and Responsibilities of the Senior Director of Principal Gifts

The Senior Director works in collaboration with the school and college development teams, university partners, and Foundation leadership to develop and articulate fundraising initiatives and to execute on relationship-building and fundraising activities that grow transformational private support for the University of Montana.

The Senior Director reports to the Vice President of Development and is supported by and works in collaboration with several UM Foundation teams, including Corporation and Foundation Relations, Prospect Research and Management, Marketing and Communications, Stewardship, Gift Planning, Annual Giving, and Gift and Fund Administration.

What You Would Do

  • Develop an understanding and ability to articulate the mission, values, and top fundraising priorities of UM
  • Build relationships with prospective donors in your pipeline, with a focus on donors who have the capacity to make gifts of $1,000,000 or more
  • Meet the UM Foundation’s established performance metrics and expectations that move giving conversations forward, including a set number of face-to-face donor meetings, team assists, strategic contacts, and solicitations
  • Develop, implement, and document identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for donors
  • Write and present principal gift proposals that reflect UM’s values and top fundraising priorities
  • Inspire and coordinate the participation of campus leadership, develop colleagues, and volunteers in fundraising activities
  • Work collaboratively with Foundation colleagues to provide exceptional customer service to donors and campus partners
  • Demonstrate leadership within the Foundation with your action and words

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Share a commitment to the mission and values of the UM Foundation and the University of Montana
  • Excel in relationship building, possess a high level of self-motivation, and remain team-oriented
  • Proven success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and closing philanthropic gifts with individuals for $1,000,000 or more
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service skills employed to build trust with colleagues, donors, and volunteers
  • Poised, professional manner with the ability to express oneself clearly in all forms of communications
  • Intrinsically      motivated; recognizes and seizes opportunities
  • Ability to make decisions in ambiguous situations, exercise good judgment based on information and analysis in a fast-pace, dynamic, deadline-driven environment in an organized and professional manner
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidences and protect confidential information
  • Proven skills with Microsoft Office and database software, with a willingness to learn new technology
  • Proven record of meeting performance expectations
  • Exceptional attention to quality and detail
  • Ability to accommodate a full-time flexible work schedule and required travel, as needed, and in consultation with the Foundation’s safety protocols through the Covid-19 pandemic

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Eight or more years of development experience with a working knowledge of the principles and practices of major and principal gift fundraising, with a preference for fundraising experience in a higher education setting, nonprofit, or similarly complex organization
  • Experience developing and managing long-term relationships
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Suite of applications and database software applications

How to Apply

Learn more about this role and apply at the University of Montana Foundation website. Questions about the opportunity and salary range? Contact Kate Jennings, Vice President of Development at the UM Foundation, at kate.jennings@supportum.org.

The UM Foundation connects donors’ passions with needs and opportunities at the University of Montana – our work changes lives and makes the world a better place.

This is an exciting time to work at the UM Foundation as we continue to celebrate the transformational impact of the most successful higher education campaign in state history, inspiring more than 34,000 donors to give $450.9 million that has elevated every student, school and college at the University of Montana. New colleagues will play a key role in preparing for the university’s next comprehensive campaign.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University we serve, fostering an environment allowing us to inspire each other to our best work. We are also passionate about delivering an exceptional donor experience, acting with integrity and respect, and innovating thoughtfully and with purpose. We act with integrity and respect, and work to create a team where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported.

Why Work for Us?

  • Retirement 403(b) contribution of 11%!
  • Generous Time Off – Team Members accrue 4 weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 12 days of holiday leave
  • Paid parental leave of 4 weeks per year for new parents
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more!
  • Over 80% of our workforce feels highly engaged in their work, year-to-year
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Most positions are eligible for a part-time remote work arrangement

Basic Function and Responsibility

The Senior Business Analyst is responsible for leading the analysis, design, and implementation of business processes that leverage digital technology to support the Foundation’s operations and fundraising goals. This role is also a change agent that guides the adoption of new technology and business processes by applying effecting change management strategies. The Senior Business Analyst plays a key role in the optimization of a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM system going live in February 2022.

This role partners closely with senior management and leads a team of programmer analysts to produce high quality deliverables.

What You'll Do

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages projects to support and enhance CRM functionality, including system implementations, software integrations, data exchanges, process automation, data hygiene, and reporting and analytics solutions
  • Supervises, coaches, and mentors a team of programmer analysts; manages workloads, sets priorities, and evaluates their performance regularly
  • Leads the scrum team in sprint planning, retrospectives, and refinement of the backlog
  • Elicits requirements from end users to solve business problems and identify the desired outcome
  • Documents requirements as user stories in the Jira project management system
  • Works collaboratively with team members to design solutions that meet business objectives and fulfill user requirements
  • Develops and maintains test plans, use cases, and testing reports; supports end users with user acceptance testing
  • Leads internal data analysis projects and oversees the development and enhancement of actionable dashboards, interactive reports, analyses, and KPIs
  • Identifies inefficient business processes and leads efforts to improve them
  • Collaborates with Information Systems colleagues to ensure data security policies and procedures are properly applied, maintained, and followed by staff and external partners
  • Partners with the Director of CRM Training and Data Management in the operation of the Foundation’s data management strategy
  • Manages the fulfillment of ad hoc data requests from staff and external partners
  • Integrates change management strategies into the plan and approach for IT projects
  • Consults with senior management to design and implement technical solutions that facilitate business processes and anticipate future needs

Desired Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent
  • Experience with modern software systems and relational databases
  • Project management experience
  • Proven experience in requirements gathering, process design and documentation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook
  • Self-starter and quick learner who is easily able to learn new products, systems, applications, and technologies
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at one time in complex environment
  • Solid understanding of business and accounting principles

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Information Systems or related field
  • Experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, preferably Microsoft Dynamics or Salesforce
  • Experience managing IT projects through the complete software development lifecycle
  • Three years of supervisory experience
  • Experience building and leading cross-functional teams
  • Experience and knowledge of change management principles, methodologies, and tools
  • Ability to analyze complex data systems and document data elements, data flow, relationships and dependencies
  • Working knowledge of T-SQL programming
  • Experience with business intelligence systems (e.g., SQL Server Reporting Services, Power BI, Tableau, Logi Analytics, Advizor)

The position at certain times may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in the position.

The University of Montana Foundation

Since 1950, the UM Foundation has delivered on its mission to inspire philanthropic support to enhance excellence and opportunity at UM.

The UM Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves UM by managing private fundraising efforts, donations and investment of endowed gifts. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the UM Foundation operates under an agreement with UM that is reviewed and approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents.

The Foundation’s dedicated trustees, trustee emeriti, staff professionals, volunteers and student employees bring broad expertise and deep commitment to the mission-critical work of the Foundation.

These Foundation stakeholders believe in the power of generous people to make a difference in the world. They believe philanthropy definitively shapes UM as a world-class institution that improves the life of every student.

Our core values guide us in all that we do

  • We are passionate about delivering an exceptional donor experience
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We act with integrity and respect
  • We innovate thoughtfully and with purpose

The Foundation manages a long-term investment portfolio, valued at $265 million, established to provide ongoing annual support for scholarships, faculty, programs, and other University priorities.

The UM Foundation offices are located in a new building on the beautiful University of Montana campus. The Foundation currently employs nearly 60 professional staff working across teams focused on development, finance and operations, information systems, and marketing and communications.

The University of Montana

As Montana’s flagship university, the University of Montana sets a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments, and scientific exploration. The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts, sciences, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

Academic Units

  • Alexander Blewett III School of Law
  • College of Business
  • College of Health
  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • College of the Arts and Media
  • Davidson Honors College
  • Missoula College
  • Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
  • W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Our Community

Missoula is a thriving community of 77,000 residents who make their home where five valleys converge. Set in an outdoor playground of majestic mountains, scenic valleys and winding rivers, Missoula residents enjoy four distinct seasons, an energetic college-town vibe and unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Missoula’s vibrant downtown lies north of the Clark Fork River, which runs through the heart of the city. Residents and visitors flock there for its locally owned restaurants and bars, eclectic retail stores and during the summer, its bustling Saturday farmer’s market scene.

Missoula offers outstanding cultural and entertainment opportunities that contribute to the “Missoula Lifestyle.” Big-name and local artists play Missoula’s varied concert venues and festivals. Local residents enjoy excellent art galleries, public lectures, theatrical productions, sporting events and world-class fly-fishing.

Outdoor Recreation

  • Rattlesnake Wilderness Area: 5 miles
  • Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area: 7 miles
  • Glacier National Park: 139 miles
  • Yellowstone National Park: 269 miles
  • There are 3.1 million acres of wilderness within a 100-mile radius of campus.
The University of Montana Foundation