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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about DayOne 2023.

What is DayOne?

Montana Technological University (then the Montana State School of Mines) 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 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 sixth annual digital fundraising event kicking off at 6am Thursday, September 7th, 2023 through 11:59pm Friday September 8th, 2023. The goal of DayOne is to bring our Montana Technological University community together, to share what is happening on campus and to raise funds for our departments, programs, clubs and initiatives.

Why Is Montana Technological University having a giving event?

Montana Technological University is proud of the growth we’ve had since our DayOne. In 1900 there were two degrees offered, 39 students enrolled and one building. Now we have over 60 degrees, nearly 2,200 students annually and an ever expanding campus.  Montana Technological University's goal is to recruit, retain, prepare, educate and graduate more students. At the same time we are committed to delivering the level of education that Montana Technological University is known for, while providing an enriched student experience. 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 7th and 8th of September?

Montana Technological University (then the Montana State School of Mines) opened its doors 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.


This year's event will run adjacent to our anniversary on Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th.

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 you will be able to see each focus by clicking on the department's button on the home page during our giving event. 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 on our general giving page ( here on September 7th, 2023 and September 8th, 2023 will also count towards DayOne totals.

How can I help spread the word?

Sign up as a DayOne 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 a DayOne 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 link, 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, LinkedIn and Instagram for the latest DayOne updates.

I'm not available to give on the 7th or 8th of September. Can my gift still count?

Yes, make a gift using the Montana Tech Foundation giving site ( any time prior to the 7th 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.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! The Montana Technological University Foundation will send you a confirmation 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 Technological University Foundation are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.

Are international donations accepted?

Yes, the Montana Technological University Foundation accepts international gifts via credit card or check. You can call 406-496-4276 or mail to: Montana Technological University 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 DayOne tallies.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift online.

Do I have to give online?

No, you can contact the Montana Technological University Foundation 406-496-4276 and we can help you process your gift. If made on September 7th or 8th it will still count towards DayOne totals.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

For any questions please Shannon Sullivan 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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