More than 400 UM employees recently participated in the 2013-14 Charitable Giving Campaign by donating $104,550 to local charitable organizations.
During the Charitable Giving Campaign, UM employees can make donations to various local organizations via 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 13 nonprofits and two nonprofit federations participated in the campaign at UM.
“I can’t say enough about the employees across campus who work so hard to make the campaign successful,” said Rosi Keller, associate vice president for administration and finance and chair of this year’s campaign. “It is incredibly rewarding to see the reactions from agencies when they’re notified of the funds raised through the campaign for their organizations. We are truly making a difference in our community.”
The fundraising effort that became UM’s Charitable Giving Campaign began during the 1986-87 academic year when faculty and staff pledged $25,000.
The Charitable Giving Campaign Committee will begin accepting applications from nonprofit agencies for the 2014-15 in June 2014. Check this page for updated information in May.
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 https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_um. Online donors can donate by payroll contribution, credit card or e-check.
Q: How do I set up an account using the new online system?
A: Setting up an account using the online donation system is easy. Log on to https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_um. The first time you visit, you will be asked to register. Step 1: Select your office or department from the list provided. 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 you would like to donate to. Step 4: Once you have entered your donation amounts, click “Enter Pledge” at the bottom of the page. You’re done!
Q: What if I set up an account in the online system last year and don’t remember my password?
A: The iPledge system offers a password retrieval service for those who have forgotten their passwords. Click “login,” then follow the prompts to retrieve your password. Be sure to check your “junk mail” folder if you don’t receive your password right away.
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 umontana.edu or mso.umt.edu email address.
Q: What if I need help using the online donation system?
A: For help using the online system, call University Relations at 406-243-2522.
Q: What if I want to donate using the paper form?
A: A limited number of paper pledge forms will be printed for those without computer access or who prefer the paper method. To obtain a paper pledge form, contact University Relations at 406-243-2522. Paper forms must be returned to University Relations, Brantly Hall Room 317, by Friday, Nov. 22.
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 4 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 2013-14 Charitable Giving Campaign at UM kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. The campaign will close Friday, Nov. 22. 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 2014 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 406-243-2522.
Q: What if I have additional questions or need to request a disability-related accommodation?
A: Call Rosi Keller, 2013-14 campaign chair, at 406-243-4662 or email email@example.com.