Donate to WSC | Phonathon
What is Phonathon?
Phonathon is an annual program under the direction of the Wayne State Foundation. We hire approximately 60 students and train them to call alumni, parents and friends of the college in order to update address and employment data, build relationships and raise money for Wayne State College. Phonathon starts in January and runs through the first week in March.
Why do students work for Phonathon?
Because they care about WSC and realize how important the Phonathon funds are to maintaining the strength of the college.
The money raised during Phonathon is spent on things important to the students - scholarships, faculty/staff grants and special campus projects (Carhart Science renovation, Campus Commons and Memorial Stadium renovation, to name a few) in addition to publications and operating funds. Working the Phonathon gives students the opportunity to know they are making a difference and earn some money for college. It also allows them to talk with WSC alumni giving them the chance to learn about our school’s past and maybe even network their way into an internship or job after graduation. Pepsi Cola provides pop during the calling sessions and area businesses provide prizes for the student callers.
How successful is Phonathon?
Phonathon is successful!. In 2009 alums and friends of WSC gave over $176,800 through Phonathon. Matching gift companies provided almost $6,700 in matching their employees donations to WSC. In 2009-10 the Foundation, with the help of the Phonathon, was able to award $1 million in scholarships helping 700 students.
Why do people give to Phonathon?
Alumni, parents and friends of WSC donate to help current students because they believe in our mission, they want to give back to the institution that helped them achieve success and they know they will be improving the quality of student life by helping to provide scholarships, equipment and extra-curricular activities.
Do telemarketing laws apply to Phonathon?
No. WSC is exempt from the do-not-call registry because the federal government realizes private giving is essential for campuses to cover unmet tuition costs and other enhancements.
If you did not receive a call from a student but would like to contribute to the Phonathon, you can make a gift online.
If you have any questions about Phonathon, please call Deb Lundahl, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at 402-375-7209.