Community Giving Campaign

UM Employees Supporting Our Community Nonprofits

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 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. Nearly 300 University of Montana employees participated in the 2020-21 Community Giving Campaign by donating nearly $97,000 to local charitable organizations.

Applying to the Community Giving Campaign

All local nonprofit agencies that meet the CGC requirements and criteria are invited to apply for inclusion in the upcoming UM Community Giving Campaign.

Apply for the 2021-22 Community Giving Campaign at UM via Submittable.

The deadline for nonprofits to apply for the 2021-22 campaign will be 5 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021.

New for the 2021-22 Campaign

Due to changing IRS deadlines for nonprofits, the Community Giving Campaign at UM has shifted its requirements. Nonprofits are asked to submit their W-9 and 990 IRS Forms from 2019 for the 2021-22 campaign.

Agencies that submitted their 2019 tax documents for last year's campaign must submit their 2019 documents again this year and a complete application for the upcoming campaign

Agencies must also submit a compilation, management review or audit completed after July 15, 2019. See the criteria below for guidelines on compilations, management reviews and audits.

All documents and a complete application must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021.

If you have questions about applying to the campaign, call Jen Sauer at 406-243-4878 or Trail Bundy at 406-243-5089.

Qualifying Criteria for Nonprofit Organizations

  • The applicant organization has a substantial presence and provides direct services, benefits, assistance, or educational activities within the county of Missoula and counties contiguous to Missoula; expends at least 75 percent of the organization funds within Missoula County and counties contiguous to Missoula County, and expends all funds received from the University of Montana-Missoula employees’ contributions within the state of Montana; and has board of director representatives from the state of Montana and at least one from within Missoula County.

    OR

    The applicant federation has at least one-half its member agencies or organizations with a substantial presence and providing direct services, benefits, assistance, or educational activities within the county of Missoula and counties contiguous to Missoula County; has board of director representatives from the state of Montana and at least one from within Missoula County; and expends all federation and federation member organization funds received from the University of Montana-Missoula employees' contributions within the state of Montana.

  • The applicant organization/federation (and all of its member agencies) is/are classified as tax-exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions under 26 U.S.C. 170.

  • The applicant organization/federation (and all of its member agencies) is/are directed by an active and responsible governing board with a majority of members who serve without compensation.

  • In the last full fiscal year, the applicant organization/federation has fundraising and administrative that do not exceed 35% of total expenses. Calculations are made using data from Form 990, Part IX -Statement of Functional Expenses. Totals from Columns C, D and A were used in the following formula to calculate fundraising and administrative expenses.

  • The applicant organization/federation (and all of its member agencies) is/are accounting for its funds in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, including an audit of internal controls and/or management review or compilation conducted by an independent certified public accountant.

    The UM Community Giving Campaign requires varying levels of external financial oversight  based on an organization’s operating budget as indicated in the table below.

Organization Operating Budget

Financial Oversight Requirement

Zero to $99,999

One compilation with full disclosures conducted by an independent CPA after July 15, 2019.

$100,000 to $249,999

One management review conducted by an independent CPA after July 15, 2019.

Greater than $250,000

One audit conducted by an independent CPA after July 15, 2019.

 

 

  1. The applicant organization/federation (and all of its member agencies) has/have a written policy and procedure of nondiscrimination in compliance with federal and state laws that is applicable to persons served by the organization, the organization's staff and membership on the charitable organization's board of directors.

  2. Additional attachments required:

    If a federation, provide a list of member agencies with postal and email addresses, phone numbers and program descriptions for all of its member agencies.

    List of board members and their postal addresses.

    Copy of 2019 IRS Form 990.

    Copy of 2019 IRS Form W-9.

    Copy of compilation, management review, or audit (depending on size of organizational budget) completed after July 15, 2019.

    Please attach an additional one to two-page sheet that provides a description of (1) your organization’s mission statement, (2) primary programs and services offered, (3) beneficiaries and/or publics served, and (4) evidence of three measurable outcomes in the community.

2020-21 Participating Agencies:

Opportunity Resources Inc.
Child Care Resources, Inc.
Partnership for Children
Garden City Harvest, Inc.
Homeword's HomeOwnership Center Programs
Missoula Aging Services
Missoula Food Bank & Community Center
Mountain Home Montana
Planned Parenthood
The Poverello Center
United Way of Missoula County
Vital Ground Foundation
Youth Homes
YWCA Missoula
Humane Society of Western Montana

Tamarack Grief Resource Center
Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council #315
Habitat for Humnaity of Missoula
Five Valleys Land Trust
Missoula Developmental Service Cooporation
Clark Fork Coalition
The Greater Missoula Family YMCA
Montana Shares
Bridgercare
Camp Mak-A-Dream
Disability Rights Montana
Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Great Falls Community Food Bank, Inc.

Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter
Holter Museum of Art, Inc.
Jeannette Rankin Peace Resource Center
Lewis & Clark Humane Society
Montana Audubon
Montana Food Bank Network, Inc.
Montana History Foundation
Montana Legal Services Association
Montana Wilderness Association, Inc.
Montana Wildlife Federation
NeighborWorks Montana
Pride Foundation
Rural Employment Opportunities, Inc.
Susan G Komen Idaho Montana

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 https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_um. Online donors can donate by payroll deduction, credit card or e-check.

Q: When does the Community Giving Campaign take place?
A: The 2020-21 Community Giving Campaign at UM kicks off Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The campaign will close Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2020. All employees who wish to participate in the campaign are asked to submit their online or paper-form contributions by Dec. 11.

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 2021 calendar year.

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, Dec. 11, 2020.

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 on the Community Giving Campaign website.  

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: Email Jordan Hess, 2020-21 campaign chair, a jordan.hess@mso.umt.edu