Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Day One 2017.

What is DAY ONE?

Montana Tech (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 DAY ONE. 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 Tech. To celebrate our history and our growth, we are holding our first 24-hour digital fundraising event. The goal of the day is to bring our Montana Tech community together, to share what is happening on campus and to raise funds for our departments in areas they are focusing on.

Why Is Montana Tech having a giving day?

Montana Tech is proud of the growth we’ve had since our Day One. When classes started there were two degrees offered, 21 students and one building. Now we have over 60 degrees, almost 3,000 students annually and an ever expanding campus.  Montana Tech's goal is to recruit, retain, prepare, educate and graduate more students and at the same time deliver the level of education that Montana Tech is known for. Giving day is a chance to celebrate what Montana Tech offers, while building momentum for the future. Support from all those who value Montana Tech is vital.

What areas can I support during DAY ONE?

We have done our best to include all of departments that represent Montana Tech and Highlands College.  Each of the departments have identified their fundraising focus and by clicking on the department's button on the home page you 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 a area you would like to support, you can also visit our giving page to designate your philanthropic passion.  Gifts made here will also count towards DAY ONE totals.

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

No you can contact us here at the Montana Tech Foundation 406-496-4276 and we can help you process your gift and it will still count towards Montana Tech or Highlands College Department of your choice. You can also join us on either campus from 11a-1p Tuesday the 11th of September to drop off your donation and celebrate DAY ONE in person.

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

Yes, make a gift using the Montana Tech Foundation giving site any time prior to the 11th 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 DAY ONE and which Department you wish to support.

How can I help spread the word?


There is no wrong way to communicate to friends and family that DAY ONE is happening.  The best way to do this would be to participate online. Post, share or comment on your favorite social media platform(s) with the hashtag #MTECHDAYONE. You ca also follow Montana Tech on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Day One updates.

Is my donation during DAY ONE 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.

I have a question that was not answered here. Who should I call?


To complete your gift over the phone, call 406-496-4276.

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

What are Matching and Challenge gifts?

The New and Student Donor Matching Opportunity gives qualifying donors the chance to double the impact of their gift using unrestricted funds up to $20,000.

The Montana Tech Departmental Challenge is an incentive for our departments to encourage participation for the reward of earning extra mo0ney towards their project.  A $20,000 pot is up for grabs and the top 10 departments can earn up to $500 for 10th place to up to $5000 for 1st place!

Only gifts made on DAY ONE will be eligible for the Match and Challenge programs. DAY ONE will last from 10am on the 11th of September 2018 to 10a, on the 12th of September 2018. If you would like to make arrangements today for a gift to be proc3essed on DAY ONE please reach out to


Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes! All philanthropic contributions to DAY ONE through the Montana Tech Foundation are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! The Montana Tech Foundation will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift.

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 and it will still count towards DAY ONE totals.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

For any question please Shannon at 406-496-4271 or email

Are international donations accepted?

Yes, the institution accepts international gifts via credit card or check. You can call 406-496-4276 or mail to: The Montana Tech Foundation, 1300 W. Park Street, Butte, MT 59701. If you plan to mail your gift and would like it to count towards DAY ONE totals please call 406-496-4271.

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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