In late March, fans and supporters of the University of Montana dug deep and set a record in one-day fundraising for the school.

Director of Communications for the UM Foundation, Elizabeth Willey shared the news with KGVO.

“The University of Montana held its second annual Day of Giving on March 24th and 25th “, said Willey. “This is an online event that inspired UM alumni, donors and parents to unite and support students over a 24 hour period. The entire campus community united and celebrated and spread the word about this event, and encouraged gifts of every size from alumni and friends from all over the world. We inspired over 1,300 gifts totaling more than $280,000. Those totals made this event the most successful fundraising event of its kind in UM history.”

Willey broke down the giving that came in over the two day event.

“We got $6,000 for student success scholarships; those are scholarships that help students specifically with financial need,” she said. “We received more than $17,000 for our excellence fund, and $120,000 for school, college and unit impact funds. All of those provide campus leadership the ability to direct unrestricted resources where and when they're needed most.”

Donors were also able to support UM athletics.

“Among our top areas of support certainly was Grizzly athletics,” she said. “They received almost 400 gifts totaling more than $120,000. Donors could support any of the sports that they specifically wanted to give and yet all those together amounted to $120,000, so it was really exciting for Grizzly athletics.”

Willey said the totals could still rise because donations will still be counted through next week.

“Through April 12th, folks can still donate to the Big Give and have their support count toward that final total,” she said. “They can go to support /Big Give and give through April 12th to any of those 24 areas, and after that they can go to support and then give there as well to support any area within the university that they choose.”

The Big Give is managed by the UM Foundation.

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