Wayne State College


Phonathon Callers

2020 Notes

Phonathon 2020: You helped us raise more than $200,000!

Thanks to you, our generous Wayne State alumni, friends, and parents, the Wayne State Foundation raised more than $200,000 in gifts and pledges through our annual Phonathon fundraising campaign.

Our 36 WSC student callers and four student managers enjoyed calling you earlier this year to update your information, share exciting progress happening at Wayne State, and ask you to consider making a gift to support the efforts of Wayne State College. Many of you responded with positive feedback, and we thank you for your support. When we launch our next calling campaign in January 2021, we encourage you to get to know your student caller and share your advice and experiences as a WSC graduate.

Phonathon 2021 will launch in November 2020 with a letter to past donors sharing the exciting advancements happening at Wayne State and stating our goals for the academic year. Phonathon calling will begin in January. You will have the opportunity to show your support for WSC by making a donation through the letter or in response to the call. If you have not been receiving phone calls, please be sure to update your information.

Alumni Giving Percentage: Your support makes a difference!

Wayne State’s percentage of alumni giving (also known as alumni participation rate) is something all donors, at any level, can impact. The alumni giving percentage is a number the Wayne State Foundation can boast when reaching out to other foundations, businesses, and organizations for financial support. It’s evidence that our alumni believe in the mission of Wayne State College and are willing to give back.

No matter the size of the gift, your individual support is reflected in the alumni participation rate. In 2019, that number was 9.7%, and you can help that number grow. All gifts make a difference!

What is Phonathon?

Phonathon is an annual program under the direction of the Wayne State Foundation. We hire approximately 50 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, the Turf, Track and Soccer project, and the Willow Bow, 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.

How successful is Phonathon?

Phonathon is successful! In 2020, alums and friends of WSC gave more than $183,000 in gifts through Phonathon, over $200,000 in gifts and pledges. In 2019-20, the Foundation, with the help of the Phonathon, was able to distribute over $2.5 million to the college.

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 Amber Sperry, Director of Alumni Relations, at 402-375-7370.