Annual Drive for Excellence

Your support can change a student’s life

It’s a new school year and new fundraising year. We need you to be part of the Annual Drive for Excellence Campaign. The Annual Drive for Excellence is a recurring, organized effort to raise funds to benefit MSU Billings faculty, staff, and students. Spearheaded by the MSU Billings Foundation & Alumni, this campaign has two focuses — Community Drive and Campus Drive — and donors choose the funds they want to support.

Community Drive

The Community Drive engages the Yellowjacket community outside the University, including area organizations, alumni, and friends of MSU Billings.

Join us as we celebrate #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. This global generosity movement harnesses the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. At MSUB, our students are our cause!


Jacket Giving Day 2023 unites the ‘Jacket Family to directly impact the student experience at Eastern Montana’s university. In 2023, we’ll count down 1,927 minutes of online fundraising — in honor of the institution’s founding date — starting at 9 a.m. March 23 and ending at 5:07 p.m. March 24.


Calling all volunteers! Planning is underway for the 31st annual MSU Billings Foundation Wine & Food Festival, tentatively slated for Spring 2023. Your time and talent have helped the Foundation raise over $7.1 million to directly support MSUB students. We can’t do this without you — get involved.

Many companies offer a matching gift plan that doubles, triples, or even quadruples your impact to encourage philanthropy among employees and their spouses. Contact your employer’s HR department to ask if you can take advantage of matching gifts.

Campus Drive

The Campus Drive is a time for faculty and staff to give back to their ‘Jacket Family.

Our goal is 100% participation from faculty and staff — a critical metric demonstrating institutional support — so even $1 advances our goals. There are myriad ways to support our University. You can designate your gift to any college, scholarship, or program fund of your choice or lend your support to the Chancellor’s Leadership Priorities.

In particular, please consider participating in payroll deduction. A charitable payroll deduction is an easy way to make a big impact. Your donation is deducted directly from your salary and spread over time, making it automatic and easier on your cash flow. Check out the impacts of payroll deduction

When you make a donation or give your time and talent to MSU Billings, you create a ripple effect through campus that changes students’ lives. Whether you choose to support research and experiential learning programs, scholarships that help students stay enrolled, or faculty development that keeps our educators at the forefront of their specialties, your generosity enables our students to cross the finish line prepared to become leaders in our society.

Our students are poised for victory but need your help. Let’s make the 2022-2023 our most impactful year yet. Together, we can ensure a bright future for MSUB and its students.