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DayOne - Supporting a Tradition of Determined Doers at Montana Technological University



DayOne 2021 has concluded.  Thank you to all of you who made such an incredible impact for our Montana Technological University students, programs, scholarships and initiatives. 

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For over 120 years Montana Technological University has been an institution of opportunity and innovation, a place for determined doers to prepare to make an impact in their profession and our world.

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Montana Tech (then the Montana State School of Mines) opened its doors on the 11th of September 1900 with one building (Main Hall) and two degrees (Mining Engineering and Electrical Engineering). It was our DayOne. Now, over 120 years later, we boast two growing campuses between Montana Tech and Highlands College and offer over 60 degrees.

To celebrate our history and our growth, we will hold our fifth annual two day digital fundraising event DayOne on the 9th and 10th of September 2021. The goal is to bring together our Montana Tech community, to share what is happening on our campuses, and raise funds for our students, departments and programs in focused areas.


During our DayOne event, in addition to project specific matches, we will have special matching opportunities for our First Time Donors, Student Donors and Faculty and Staff Donors as well as a participation based Departmental Challenge. Below is a description of each:

DayOne Departmental Challenge - Total match dollars $20,000

Departments will go head-to-head for a chance to earn extra money towards their department by bringing in the most unique individual donors to their project. The top ten finishers split the pot, valued at up to $20,000, ranging from $5,000 for the top finisher to $500 for 10th place. Please note that the Montana Tech Foundation will be monitoring unique donors and adjusting as needed to keep the challenge accurate. The DayOne Departmental Challenge will kick off at 6am on September 9th, 2021 and run through noon September 10th, 2021.

First Time Donor Match - Total Match Dollars $5,000

First time donor gifts will be matched 1:1 for each dollar given from a match pool of $5,000. That means your gift of $50 actually has the impact of $100. To take advantage of this matching opportunity make sure to answer yes to being a first time donor on the giving form. Please note that the Montana Technological University Foundation will be monitoring unique donors and adjusting as needed to keep the challenge accurate. Matching opportunity will be available from 6am September 9th, 2021 through 12pm September 10th, 2021 or sooner if the $5,000 match has been met.

Student Donor Match - Total Match Dollars $5,000

Montana Tech student donor gifts will be matched 1:1 for each dollar given from a match pool of $5,000. That means your gift of $50 actually has the impact of $100. To take advantage of this matching opportunity make sure to answer yes to being a first time donor on the giving form. Please note that the Montana Tech Foundation will be monitoring unique donors and adjusting as needed to keep the match accurate. Matching opportunity will be available from 6am September 9th, 2021 through 11:59 pm September 10th, 2021 or sooner if the $5,000 match has been met.

Faculty Staff Participation Match Challenge - Total Match Dollars $5,000

$5,000 will be unlocked at the time 50 Montana Tech faculty/staff members have participated in DayOne 2021. Please note that the Montana Technological University Foundation will be monitoring unique donors and adjusting as needed to keep the match accurate. Upon completion of the entire DayOne Giving event $100 will be applied to the project to which the original gift was made for each of those donors.


As an added bonus 100 DayOne 2021 donors will be randomly selected at the conclusion of the event to receive a one of a kind 5518 T-shirt. Make sure to select your shirt size on the donation form so that you are eligible. In addition every DayOne 2021 donor will receive a 5518 sticker of the same design mailed with their gift receipt letter.

  


For questions about Montana Technological University's DayOne giving event contact spanisko@mtech.edu



DayOne 2021 Donor Map
Rank State Gifts
1 MT 399
2 WA 45
3 CO 33
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Match
Student Donor Match
During DayOne 2021 Montana Tech student donors had their gift matched 1:1 from a match pool of $5,000. This matching opportunity has been met and awarded all available funds. Thank you for supporting your passion through DayOne 2020, Montana Tech's giving event!
$2,200 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Canadian Resident Match
Thank you to Bob '82 and Liz Shepherd who matched $5,000 in gifts made by current Canadian residents during DayOne 2021! This matching opportunity has been met and awarded all available funds.
$2,650 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Second Chance - First Time Donor Match
This match has been met and all available funds have been awarded. During DayOne 2021 first time donors had their gifts matched 1:1 from a match pool of $5,000. This matching opportunity has been met and awarded all available funds.
$2,730 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
First Time Donor Match
This match has been met and all available funds have been awarded. During DayOne 2021 first time donors had their gifts matched 1:1 from a match pool of $5,000. This matching opportunity has been met and awarded all available funds. Thank you for supporting your passion through DayOne 2021, Montana Tech's Giving Event!
$5,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
McCarthy Momentum Match
Thank you to Jack and Leah McCarthy for driving the momentum and excitement during DayOne. An additional $5,000 has been added to DayOne projects, funds and scholarships thanks to their generosity. This matching opportunity has been met and awarded all available funds.
$5,000 MATCHED
Completed
$5,000
Faculty Staff Participation Match Challenge
$5,000 was unlocked with the participation of 50 Montana Tech faculty staff members. $100 will be applied to the project to which the original gift was made by the donor. This match opportunity has been met. Thank you to all of our Montana Tech faculty and staff for participating in DayOne 2021 and supporting the students and programs of Montana Tech!
50 / 50 Donors
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Leaderboard
Departmental Challenge Leaderboard
During DayOne Departments competed head-to-head for a chance to earn extra money towards their department project by bringing in the most donors to their project. The top ten finishers split the pot valued at up to $20,000.Congratulations to all of our departments that competed and thank you to all of our donors supporting your passion through Montana Tech's DayOne 2021Giving Event.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $5,000 Digger Athletics 144
2 $3,750 Mining Engineering 61
3 $2,500 Environmental Engineering 33
4 $2,000 Business 30
5 $1,750 Clark Fork Watershed Education Program 29
6 $1,500 Petroleum Engineering 28
7 $1,250 Geological Engineering 25
8 $1,000 Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene 23
9 $750 Metallurgical & Materials Engineering 16
10 $500 Institute for Educational Opportunities 15
11 Mathematical Sciences 13
12 Nursing 13
13 Mechanical Engineering 11
14 Biological Sciences 10
15 Civil Engineering 10
16 Highlands College 9
17 Computer Science 8
18 Chemistry & Geochemistry 6
19 Electrical Engineering 3
20 Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences 2
21 Student Affairs 2
22 Opportunity and Innovation 0
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