Over $46,000 raised during Greek phone-a-thon
It was another successful year for the Greek phone-a-thon, an annual fundraising initiative from the advancement office that gives student callers the opportunity to connect with alumni of their respective fraternity or sorority.
Students from all 10 fraternities and sororities were represented in the three-week event, calling a span of 11 nights.
In total, $46,772 was raised, marking the second year in a row over $45,000 was raised during the event.
Delta Kappa Pi raised the most money of the fraternities and sororities, totaliing $13,000 in gifts contributed. Gamma Phi Iota had the most alumni contacted with 45 (meaning the person said they would give a gift or consider a gift), and Omega Psi Theta had the largest percentage of the alumni base either give a gift or say they would consider a gift.
Julie Rasgorshek, annual fund director at Doane, oversaw the phone-a-thon this year.
“This isn’t just about raising money,” Rasgorshek said. “It’s about engaging alumni to interact with current students to hear what they’re up to, to get updates on their fraternity or sorority, the service projects they are working on, and to hear what life is like as a student at Doane today.”
Tazia Simpson ’18, a member of Kappa Phi Zeta, took part in Greek phone-a-thon for the third time.
“The thing I enjoyed most about calling was getting to hear people’s stories about Doane and why they love Doane,” Simpson said. “I also like to hear how they are still connected to Doane and why they come back.”
Jared Foote ’18, a member of Sigma Phi Theta, added, “The best feeling is hearing directly from alumni that our current work is making them proud.”
The majority of money that was given back to Doane during Greek phone-a-thon supports the Doane Fund, however some donations went to a specific department or area, at the donor’s request.
Greek phone-a-thon also serves as a great networking tool for the students. In some instances, students have formed strong relationships with an alum over the phone, leading to an internship possibility.
“From a student’s perspective, hearing from alumni is really valuable,” Rasgorshek said. “The idea of calling someone they haven’t met is unnerving for some students so when they make that contact and have a positive conversation with that alum, that’s a huge benefit.”
After the phone-a-thon is over, students write thank you notes to the alumni they connected with. Some alumni even called into the advancement office to thank the staff and to share that they enjoyed visiting with a student.
Because the Doane Fund impacts Doane students while they’re on campus, being educated on the fundraising process and how money from the Doane Fund is distributed is a beneficial for all of the students involved.
“We’re engaging our students first and foremost as student philanthropists, educating them on the importance of what they’re doing,” Rasgorshek said. “It’s important for them to know that Doane Fund dollars support their education and that scholarship dollars affect all students on campus.”