Greek Phone-A-Thon Sees Great Results

students calling for Greek phone-a-thon

After 11 nights of calling, with dozens of students involved, and 380 alumni contacted, the 2017 Greek phone-a-thon has ended – resulting as an overwhelming success.

In one of the biggest giving initiatives the Advancement Office organizes in the fall, approximately $56,000 was raised in cash and commitments, more than double the amount the Greek phone-a-thon raised last year.

“We’re never going to make or break goals with phone-a-thon, that’s not why we do it,” said Steve Jerina, Annual Fund Director at Doane. “We do it because it’s a great way for our alumni to hear from our students, it’s a great way for our students to connect with alumni, and it’s a great way to plant the seeds of future donors – people who can make an impact at our institution 10, 20, 30 years down the road.”

All 10 Greek organizations were involved in the phone-a-thon, with Phi Sigma Tau raising the largest amount of the fraternities and sororities with a combined final amount of $14,590. Kappa Phi Zeta finished with the highest number of alumni engaged with on the phone, visiting with 72 alums, while Chi Delta had the highest percentage of alumni contacted.

Peter Strobel, a junior history major from Kansas City, Kansas, is a member of Alpha Pi Epsilon and participated in the Greek phone-a-thon for the second consecutive year. “It was very rewarding for me to be able to hear from some alumni, to hear about their Doane experience,” Strobel said. “I think it’s a great way to get someone to continue to invest in Doane or to encourage someone to start investing.”

Up to 20 Doane students were on the phones during the weeks of November 6th, 13th, and 27th, reaching out to alumni from across the country. The initial purpose is for those students to connect with alumni from their respective Greek organizations, but if all of their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters had been contacted, the students might begin reaching out to alumni from other groups.

“Every donation helps the university, it’s a shared goal which I appreciated,” Strobel said. “Whether or not they were in my fraternity, I had great conversations with alumni.”

Stephanie Hoshor, a member of Omega Psi Theta, said her experience with phone-a-thon this year was very positive. “There’s nothing I love more than Doane and its alumni, so I wanted to take part in phone-a-thon to get to know more Greek alumni,” Hoshor said. “I want to say thank you to our donors because we wouldn’t have a lot of the resources we have on campus without their generous donations.”

The next phone-a-thon Doane organizes is expected to begin near the end of February.