Archived Voice Articles
Spring Debt Reduction Drive
By Wes Fopma
The 2004 phonathon callers came from across the country: Arizona, California, Washington, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Florida, Minnesota, and Michigan. Calls went out four nights a week with most students calling supporters two nights a week.
The 2004 Spring Debt Reduction Drive was launched the first week of March when thirty students began making calls to parents of current and former students and other friends of the college to ask them to consider a gift. Gifts to the Spring Debt Reduction Drive pay down the debt on current academic facilities. This drive allows the college to exclude debt reduction on facilities from student's tuition expenses.
Last year the Spring Drive raised over $170,000, the most in Dordt College's history. The goal this year is to maintain that level of support and build on it for the future. Students completed their calls on April 28 and have received over $110,000 in pledges and gifts for this year's drive, about $22,000 from mailed requests, and a little over $6,000 from church offerings. We anticipate another $25,000 from church offerings.
With the end of the college's fiscal year coming June 30, we trust that with the generous response of our loyal donors we'll be able to reach our goal for this year. May and June are generally good months for the Spring Debt Reduction Drive as donors remit their pledges and others consider making a gift. If you've received a request, you still have time to respond.
With the end of another year of student calling, it's appropriate that a couple of senior students be recognized and thanked for their work over the years in the Advancement Office. Mary Lagestee of Lansing, Illinois, and Bethany Scheuers of Chino, California, have invested many hours over the last four years and have been an important asset to our student calling program. Adam Van Wyngarden from Oskaloosa, Iowa, who graduates with a two-year degree, has also been an important part of our program in his two years at the college and will be missed.