Student Fund Seeks Support from Current, Retired Faculty

Although the newly minted FAST Fund at the University of Montana is getting attention for helping students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fund is intended to be an ongoing source of financial help to students.

The fund will continue past the current crisis and is intended to help students at UM and Missoula College struggling with food insecurity, housing needs and transportation issues.

Research has shown that these real-world issues are often the ones that make it difficult or impossible for students to focus on their academic lives and the FAST Fund at UM aims to help them.

Although the initial fund received aid from the Montana Federation of Public Employees, the Presidents Office and the Believe in Students Foundation, its future relies on you.

We hope current and retired faculty will contribute to the FAST Fund so that students in the future have a place where they can turn to address a pressing financial need.

It is easy to do your part, just click the PayPal button and make a one-time or recurring donation. After you have indicated the amount of your donation in PayPal, you’ll see a line that reads “Special instructions to the seller.” As long as you put “University of Montana” or “UFA Fast Fund” in that line, 100% of your donation will go to the UFA’s fund.

Or you can mail a check, being sure to put the University of Montana in the memo line to:

Believe in Students, Inc.
c/o Richard Binswanger
272 Brandywine Drive
West Chester, PA 19382

If you have questions about the fund, or the best ways to support the fund, please contact UFA board member Daisy Rooks via email at

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