How we use crowdfunding

The MSU Alumni Foundation uses crowdfunding and other digital fundraising methods as part of an integrated fundraising strategy that supports the needs and priorities of Montana State University. Crowdfunding and MSU Giving Day both provide a way to gather support at a grassroots level for projects that may be especially urgent, timely, unique or that are not part of a larger campaign.

Crowdfunding is an effective way for groups and causes to raise support during a specific timeframe an is easily shared via various media.

MSU Alumni Foundation FAQ

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.

Why should I give to Montana State?

Gifts large and small come together to provide important funding for areas across our university. Your gift allows us to continue fulfilling our mission to integrate education, creation of knowledge and art and service to communities. Thanks to donor support, we are able to offer countless opportunities to our students, faculty and the entire campus community.

Can I give to any area of the university?

Yes. From your college or department to athletics or your favorite student group, you can make your gift to the area of MSU that is most meaningful to you.

What if I have already made a gift to Montana State this year?

You can give as often, as much or as little as you can. We welcome all gifts and appreciate all givers! You will receive a gift receipt and acknowledgement for each gift you give.  

Is there a minimum gift amount?

There is no minimum gift amount. 

Are my contributions tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift is tax-deductible. You will receive an email confirmation of your gift, as well as a gift receipt in the mail. If you have questions about the tax deductibility of your gift, please consult with your tax professional.

What is ScaleFunder?

ScaleFunder is the secure giving platform that the MSU Alumni Foundation is using to facilitate raising money, engaging donors and managing volunteers for crowdfunding efforts and for MSU Giving Day. Donations will be received and receipted by email.

Who will receive my contact information?

Only the MSU Alumni Foundation will have access to your name and contact information. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future communications, including success stories from MSU Giving Day, and to notify you of future activities.

What items are prohibited from fundraising?

• Purchase of alcohol or tobacco.
• Contributions of any type to another organization.
• State and Federal income taxes incurred by the student organization.
• Any item or activity deemed excessive, not justified, and/ or in conflict with the University mission.
• Payment to individual members or the advisors of the organization for any purpose.

Who can I contact with additional questions about crowdfunding?

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Samantha Brandon at the MSU Alumni Foundation, (406) 994-6422 or, or email


What if I want to make a recurring monthly donation?

Monthly donations are a great way to support Montana State University! At this time, we are not able to process monthly donations through our Crowdfunding platform. If you are interested in making a monthly donation, please visit and select recurring gift. 


I would prefer to send in a check. Where do I mail it?

MSU Foundation
PO Box 172750
Bozeman, MT 59717-2750

Our Crowdfunding Groups