The 2004-2005 Frostburg State University Annual Fund Phonathons combined to raise $118,883.67 in pledges from university alumni. These funds will be used to assist with student scholarships, student development, student work-study programs, the alumni association, faculty/staff/university development and events.
The fall 2004 Phonathon saw 1,227 Alumni pledge $59,752.35, of which $51,179.33 has already been paid. “This represents a return/pledge rate of 86 percent, far above the national average for this type of fund-raising activity,” stated Christopher Harmon, a co-director of the phonathon at FSU.
“The credit for the success of our phonathons goes to our student callers and supervisors and of course, our generous alumni,” said co-director Jeff Krone.
In addition to the fund-raising benefits, the phonathons provide FSU student callers the opportunity to earn spending money, as well as gain valuable experience in utilizing communications, marketing and public relations skills. In addition, supervisors also gain leadership skills. The structure of the FSU phonathons creates a win-win situation for both students and the university.
Supervisor Perry Darden added, “I have gained a lot in my role as supervisor. It has improved my communication and management skills, which I will certainly benefit from when I leave FSU.”