Charitable Giving Campaign

UM Gives: Charitable Giving Campaign

Fall 2015

Dear Campus Colleagues,

At the University of Montana we teach the importance of civic engagement and commitment to community, both in the classroom and through our actions. UM employees are known for supporting local nonprofits through volunteer service, community involvement and financial generosity. Please join me in support of UM’s 2015-16 Charitable Giving Campaign so we may continue this strong tradition.

UM’s Charitable Giving Campaign is an annual opportunity for University employees to give back to the community by donating to local nonprofit charities through payroll deduction or one-time gifts. Participation in the campaign offers us the opportunity to witness the effects of charitable giving close to home.

The agencies selected to take part in the Charitable Giving Campaign are screened to ensure our donations go directly to local organizations that serve our community. Those selected to participate in this year’s campaign provide a broad range of services.

The Charitable Giving Campaign offers all UM employees the choice to make contributions through a secure online website. I hope you will visit the website, review the agencies and consider making a donation to the organizations of your choice.

Your contributions will truly make a difference in our community.


Royce C. Engstrom
University of Montana

The co-chairs of the 2015-16 campaign are Liz Roosa Millar and Sandra Schoonover.

To see the local nonprofit agencies selected to participate in this year's campaign, visit https://www.ipledgeonline.org_um or call University Relations at 406-243-4878 to request a printed copy of the campaign brochure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Charitable Giving Campaign at UM?

A: It’s an annual opportunity for UM employees to give back to the community by donating to local nonprofit charities that serve the Missoula area and beyond.

Q: How do I contribute?

A: UM uses an online donation system called iPledge to reduce paper waste and provide more contribution options for participants. To make an online contribution, visit Online donors can donate by payroll deduction, credit card or e-check.

Q: How do I set up an account using the online system?

A: Setting up an account using the online donation system is easy. Log on to The first time you visit, you will be asked to register. Step 1: Select your office or department from the list provided. If you can’t find your department, call University Relations at 406-243-4878. Step 2: Enter your full name and email, then select a user name and password. Once your account is created, you will reach the “Make a Pledge” page. Step 3: Enter your employee ID number (your 790 number), then select your pledge type and the agencies to which you would like to make a donation. Step 4: Once you have entered your donation amounts, click “Enter Pledge” at the bottom of the page. You’re done!

Q: What email address should I use when I register to donate through iPledge?

A: For security reasons, UM employees should register using their official or email address.

Q: What if I set up an account in the online system last year and don’t remember my username or password?

A: The iPledge system offers a username and/or password retrieval service for those who have forgotten this information. Click “login,” then follow the prompts to retrieve your information. Be sure to check your “junk mail” folder if you don’t receive your username/password right away.

Q: What if I need help using the online donation system? A: For help using the online system, call University Relations at 406-243-4878.

Q: What if I want to donate using the paper form?

A: Paper pledge forms are available for those without computer access or who prefer the paper method. To obtain a paper pledge form, call University Relations at 406-243-4878. Paper forms must be returned to University Relations, Brantly Hall Room 317, by Friday, Nov. 20.

Q: Is there a fee for making an online contribution using a credit card or an e-check?

A: Contributions made via credit card and e-check are subject to a fee of approximately 3.6 percent that will be subtracted from the amount the nonprofit agency receives. There is no fee for payroll contributions.

Q: When does the Charitable Giving Campaign take place?

A: The 2015-16 Charitable Giving Campaign at UM kicks off Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. The campaign will close Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. All employees who wish to participate in the campaign are asked to submit their contributions by that date. If you opt for payroll deductions, those will take place during the 2016 calendar year.

Q: What if I want to cancel or change my donation after I have submitted it?

A: To cancel or change your donation, call University Relations at 406-243-4878. Q: What if I have additional questions or need to request a disability-related accommodation? A: Call Liz Roosa Millar, 2015-16 campaign co-chair, at 406-243-5638 or email