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.
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,”
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.