The Voice: Summer 2003

The Voice

Alumni house and scholarships benefit from spring phonathon

By: Wes Fopma, Director of Annual Giving

The spring part of this year’s annual giving program changed focus this year. During the previous five years students called alumni and asked them to consider making a gift for computer and technology needs. This spring they asked them to contribute to the new alumni guest house and to alumni association scholarships.

The college had purchased a house adjacent to campus and earmarked it as an alumni guest house. But the house needed significant updating and some remodeling to make it comfortable for housing alumni and other guests who visit campus. The alumni council asked for help in raising the funds needed. At the same time they wanted to be able to increase the number and amount of alumni scholarships awarded to juniors each year. Since 1984, the alumni association board has awarded scholarships to upper class students based on their academic and leadership skills.

With these two needs in hand, thirty callers manned the phones and received approximately $87,000 in pledges. Of that $87,000, $60,000 was earmarked for the guest house and $27,000 for the alumni scholarship fund.

After the callers completed the alumni drive, they called parents and friends for the annual Spring Debt Reduction Drive. Students received $120,000 in pledges—$20,000 more than had ever been received in a spring drive phonathon.

The combined amount students raised through the calling program this year, including last fall’s drive, was $575,000.