Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about DayOne 2018.

What is DAYONE?

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 second annual 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, 39 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. DAYONE, our giving day, is a chance to celebrate what Montana Tech offers, while building momentum for the future.

What areas can I support during DAYONE?

We have done our best to include projects 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 choose the OTHER option from the available projects .......or 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 DAYONE?

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 the DAYONE project 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 DAYONE 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?

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 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

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 Panisko 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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