Community Giving Campaign

2019-20 Community Giving Campaign

The annual Community Giving Campaign offers UM employees the opportunity to give back to the community by making donations to local charitable organizations through one-time gifts or payroll deductions. The 2019-20 Community Giving Campaign will be open to UM employees Nov. 4-Dec. 4.

Make a donation online here. To request a paper donation form, call 243-2878.

The fundraising effort that became UM’s Community Giving Campaign began during the 1986-87 academic year when faculty and staff pledged $25,000. Since that first year of organized giving, UM employees have donated more than $2.5 million to local nonprofits through the campaign.

More than 300 University of Montana employees participated in the 2018-19 Community Giving Campaign by donating nearly $100,000 to local charitable organizations.

UM's Community Giving Campaign policy requires that agencies or federations applying for the campaign complete the application and submit all requested supporting documents by the application deadline. Nonprofit organizations that would like to apply to be included UM's Community Giving Campaign in the future can find application details and guidelines here.

The UM Community Giving Campaign Executive Committee reviews each application in July and will notify agencies directly regarding the qualification of their application. 

If you have questions about the 2019-20 UM Community Giving Campaign, email CGC Chair Steve Thompson at

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Community 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: When does the Community Giving Campaign take place?
A: The 2019-20 Community Giving Campaign at UM kicks off Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. The campaign will close Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. All employees who wish to participate in the campaign are asked to submit their online or paper-form contributions by Dec. 4.

Q: If I opt for payroll deductions, when do my donations come out of my paycheck?
A:If you opt for payroll deductions, those will come out of your paycheck during the 2020 calendar year.

Q: How do I set up an account using the online system?
A: 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 within 10-15 minutes.

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 Community Giving Campaign c/o University Relations, 202 Brantly Hall, by Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

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: I don’t see my favorite agency on this list. Why aren’t they a part of the campaign this year?
A: All local nonprofit agencies are invited to apply for the CGC. Applications must be submitted each year, and some agencies opt not to apply. Others might apply but do not meet the CGC criteria. Others fail to meet the application deadlines. If you have a favorite agency that you would like to see included in the campaign, you can tell the nonprofit to find campaign guidelines and criteria online at  

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 Steve Thompson, 2019-20 campaign chair, at 406-243-5269 or email