Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about DayOne 2020.

What is DayOne?

Montana Technological University (then the Montana State School of Mines) opened its doors to our first 39 students 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 100 years later, we boast a growing campus and offer over 60 degrees, all while maintaining the tradition of excellence, that is Montana Technological University. To celebrate our history and our growth, we are holding our fourth annual digital fundraising event. The goal of the day is to bring our Montana Technological University community together, to share what is happening on campus and to raise funds for our departments and programs.

Why Is Montana Technological University having a giving event?

Montana Technological University is proud of the growth we’ve had since our DayOne. When classes started there were two degrees offered, 39 students enrolled and one building. Now we have over 60 degrees, almost 3,000 students annually and an ever expanding campus.  Montana Technological University's goal is to recruit, retain, prepare, educate and graduate more students and at the same time deliver the level of education that Montana Technological University is known for. DayOne our giving event is a chance to celebrate what Montana Technological University offers, while building momentum for the future.

Why is DayOne taking place on the 10th and 11th of September?

Montana Technological University (then the Montana State School of Mines) opened its doors to our first 39 students on the 11th of September in 1900. We want to honor our first day and anniversary with an event that recognizes the growth and goals of our Montana Tech departments and projects.

At the same time we recognize that the opening of our campus shares the date of an incredibly tragic day in our nation’s history. Please know that our intent is simply to honor the University’s history and in no way do we mean to lessen the loss felt by the events of 9/11.

What areas can I support during DayOne?

We have done our best to include projects that represent Montana Technological University and Highlands College.  Each of the departments have identified their fundraising focus and by clicking on the department's button on the home page, during our giving event, you can see what that focus is. We encourage you to view our participating departments on our main page and find your giving passion. If you don't see an area you would like to support, you can choose the OTHER option from the available projects .......or visit our giving page to designate your philanthropic passion.  Gifts made here on September 10th, 2020 and September 11th, 2020 will also count towards DayOne totals.

How can I help spread the word?

Sign up as an ambassador today! DayOne is about the power of people coming together to make a difference. In addition to your gift, you can help by becoming an ambassador. Ambassadors are crucial to DayOne, because they help spread the word and encourage others to give. 

Once you enter your email address in the field to the right, you'll have access to your own custom downloadable social media links, which allow you to track how many donors you’ve recruited, find out how much you’ve raised, and see how much of a difference you're making.

You can also follow Montana Tech on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest DayOne updates.

Can I only give online for it to be counted towards DayOne?

No. During the DayOne giving event on the 10th and 11th of September, you can contact us here at the Montana Tech Foundation 406-496-4276 and we can help you process your gift. If given during the vent it will still count towards the DayOne project of your choice. You can also drop off your gift in person at the University Relations Center.

I'm not available to give on the 10th or 11th of September. Can my gift still count?

Yes, make a gift using the Montana Tech Foundation giving site any time prior to the 10th of September. Just select Other for your designation and be sure to tell us in the comment box that you would like your gift to count toward DayOne and which Department, fund or area you wish to support.

Is my donation during DayOne tax deductible?

Yes! All philanthropic contributions are processed through the Montana Tech Foundation and are tax-deductible as prescribed by law. The Montana Tech Foundation's tax ID is 81-0250363.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! The Montana Tech Foundation will send you a confirmation for your contribution via email shortly after you make your gift, followed by a receipt letter in the mail to the address you provide. All philanthropic contributions to DayOne through the Montana Tech Foundation are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.

Are international donations accepted?

Yes, the institution accepts international gifts via credit card or check. You can call 406-496-4276 or mail to: Montana Tech Foundation, 1300 W. Park Street, Butte, MT 59701. If you plan to mail your gift and would like it to count towards DayOne totals please call 406-496-4271 so that we can make sure your gift is applied to the DayOne tallies.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.

Do I have to give online?

No, you can contact the Montana Tech Foundation 406-496-4276 and we can help you process your gift. If made on September 10th or 11th it will still count towards DayOne totals.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

For any questions please Shannon Panisko at 406-496-4271 or email

What is the Montana Tech Foundation's Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number?

The Montana Tech Foundation’s Tax ID Number is 81-0250363.

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