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Phonathon: On call for the College

Palmer Phonathon is comprised of a team of student callers as well as spouses and significant others of students who work anywhere from five to 31 hours a week.
students and spouses with hands up to ears

What fundraising effort has generated more than $1.5 million in gifts for Palmer College since 1998? The Palmer Phonathon. And if you’ve ever pledged money to Palmer after being contacted by a Phonathon fundraiser, you can take pride in knowing your investment allows the College to purchase much-needed items like digital projectors and screens, perform campus updates and award scholarships.

The Phonathon wing of the College’s Development Office is made up of a team of students, their spouses and significant others, who work anywhere from five to 31 hours a week. The gifts received from alumni donors are part of the College’s Annual Fund and are either restricted—earmarked to a specific area of the College, or unrestricted—directed toward the greatest needs area of the College.

According to Annual Fund Coordinator Jessica Malcheff, aside from the good the Phonathon does for the College, it also benefits the callers. “Being a Phonathon fundraiser is a great way to enhance communication skills as well as realize the importance of philanthropy in your life and in your work,” she said.

Along with accepting pledges, Phonathon fundraisers update donor information and thank donors for their previous support. The callers are also well versed in many areas of the College so that they may answer donor questions in a knowledgeable manner. And sometimes they’re just a friendly voice from your alma mater.

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