Frequently Asked Questions about the Oval Tree Project

Oval Tree Project: Strengthen Your University of Montana Roots

Frequently Asked Questions
    
Q:    What is the main purpose of the Oval Tree Project?

The Oval Tree Project is an initiative from the University of Montana Alumni Association to plant trees on the Oval and return it to the legendary beautiful campus space that it traditionally has been for students, staff and visitors of the University.

Q:     What type of trees will be planted?

 
As the officially designated State Arboretum, the UM campus is home to a wide variety of tree species, and maintains a living collection of plantings for public education, student instruction and a natural biological legacy. The Oval Tree Project sponsors the planting of Green Mountain Sugar Maples, Red Oaks, and Bur Oaks around the UM Oval.

Q:     What is the minimum donation for a tree?

$3500 US dollars

Q:    Where are the trees planted?

The trees will be planted in and around the Oval.  

Q:     When will the trees be planted?

The trees will be planted at various times during the spring and fall.   

Q:     Can I choose my tree location?

Sponsors will not be able to request tree locations.

Q:     My friend also ordered a tree and we want our tree installed next to each other. Is this possible?

Due to the installation process, we cannot take specific requests for tree locations. 

Q:     How will the sponsorship of a tree be represented?

A centrally located plaque will display the names of all tree sponsors.

Q:     I own a local company and want my company name engraved, is that allowed?

Yes, this is allowed.

Q:     Will there be plaque inscription guidelines?

Yes. These guidelines will be based on University plaque guidelines to ensure the positive nature of the program.

Q:     If I want more characters or extra lines of text can I have smaller engraving or spacing?

The plaque color, font and character size will be carefully chosen to ensure the aesthetics of the Oval. These things cannot be changed to accommodate verbiage. Any text submitted must be within the parameters of the plaque guide.  

Q:     What does the money from the Oval Tree Project Support?

The Oval Tree Project is an initiative from the University of Montana Alumni Association to plant trees on the Oval and return it to the legendary beautiful campus space that it traditionally has been for students, staff and visitors of the University.

Any additional proceeds from the Project will be retained by the University of Montana Alumni Association. The Alumni Association plays an integral role in the success and viability of the University of Montana by funding scholarships for deserving legacy students, sponsoring alumni programs and events that connect alumni with each other and their alma mater, and assisting the University’s legislative advocacy efforts through board-driven volunteer efforts to gain support for higher education throughout the State. The University of Montana Alumni Association is committed to providing meaningful programming and services that allow our alumni to “Get Connected” and “Stay Connected”.  We are your lifelong connection back to the University. For more information, contact us today.

Q:     Because I paid for the tree it is my property, correct?

The University of Montana is proud to offer the opportunity to plant your dedicated tree. These trees are meant to show the honor, support and memories that University of Montana supporters have. Because of this, your tree becomes the property of the University of Montana and cannot be removed by the sponsor for any reason.

Q:     Because the Oval Tree Project is a fundraising event, how do I get the tax information necessary to claim this gift?  

Your donation is 100% tax deductible and you will receive a letter from the University of Montana Foundation indicating your tax benefit.

Q:     If I order a tree and then change my mind, how can I cancel the order?

All tree orders are final and orders cannot be cancelled.

Q:     What happens if my tree dies?

The Alumni Association will guarantee replacement of your tree, name intact, for five years from the date of your initial gift. Beyond the five-year timeframe, in the event that your sponsored tree dies, the Alumni Association will make every effort to replace your tree and may seek donations to assist with the cost. Your naming rights for the tree are guaranteed in perpetuity.

Q:     If I decide to order a tree, is there a payment plan available?

Yes. Please contact the University of Montana Alumni Association for additional information.