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 2018-19 Community Giving Campaign will be open to UM employees Oct. 23-Nov. 30.
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 $2.2 million to local nonprofits through the campaign.
More than 400 University of Montana employees participated in the 2017-18 Community Giving Campaign by donating $106,136 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 applying for the 2018-19 UM Community Giving Campaign, email CGC Chair Peggy Schalk at email@example.com.
2018-19 Participating Agencies:
Boy Scouts of America Montana Council
Missoula Developmental Service Corporation
Five Valleys Land Trust
Clark Fork Coalition
The Greater Missoula Family YMCA
Habitat for Humanity
Child Care Resources
Partnership for Children
Missoula Big Brothers Big Sisters
Garden City Harvest
Homeword's Homeownership Center
Missoula Aging Services
Missoula Food Bank and Community Center
Mountain Home Montana
Planned Parenthood of Montana
United Way of Missoula County
Vital Ground Foundation
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. This campaign was previously known as the Charitable Giving Campaign at UM. In 2017 the committee voted to change the name of the campaign to better reflect its mission.
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 deduction, credit card or e-check.
Q: How do I set up an account using the online system?
A: 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. 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 umontana.edu or mso.umt.edu 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 Friday, Nov. 30.
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 Community Giving Campaign take place?
A: The 2018-19 Community Giving Campaign at UM kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. The campaign will close Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. All employees who wish to participate in the campaign are asked to submit their online or paper-form contributions by Nov. 30. If you opt for payroll deductions, those will take place during the 2019 calendar year.
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 here.
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 Peggy Schalk, 2018-19 campaign chair, at 406-243-5565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.